On Location
Santa Fe

The New Mexico Landscape and Lightroom

with Jean Miele

Course Description

Santa Fe is our muse and Northern New Mexico is our playground in this in-person class. This landscape photography workshop with Jean “Gino” Miele is about seeing beyond the surface of things, and connecting the world we can see with the invisible world in our hearts. It’s about making the leap from taking pictures of what’s “out there” to creating images that come from “in here”… that express the way we feel about our lives and about the hidden spirit—the genius loci—of the landscape. 

Together, we will explore the backroads, high points, and hidden gems that inspired so many artists to make this magical part of the world their home. Autumn is a season of change. Colors become more subdued, summertime clouds disappear, and trees begin to reveal their outlines in the all-enveloping high-desert light.

This workshop is grownup play-time for photographers. Think of it as a week of photo camp in Santa Fe! We’ll make new friends, new pictures, and work on whatever the next step is for each of us, technically and aesthetically. Daily classroom time includes reviews of assignment images, lively group discussions, and Lightroom post-processing techniques specific to landscape photography. Together we focus on understanding the magic necessary to transform what’s in front of the camera into a stunning photograph, and learn how to create stronger, more striking landscape images.

To further enrich our experience, in addition to shooting trips into the high desert, Gino introduces the class to local photographic luminaries, who share their own take on the photographic landscape. Gino also brings you to his favorite locations, helps you figure out what’s missing from your pictures, and teaches you the shooting and Lightroom techniques you need to take your work to the next level.  

Join us for this special workshop, and develop the skills and the insights to make photographs that reflect your inner vision as clearly as the landscape. Join us and learn something new—about photography, and about yourself.  

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

This workshop is not for beginners. It is for photographers who are comfortable with both camera, computer, and digital workflow (download/select images).


Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.

One group dinner included. Beverage service provided daily.
Applications, Digital Workflow, Nature & Landscape
Jean Miele

Jean “Gino” Miele’s photographs explore the borderlands between fiction and reality, and reflect his lifelong interest in perception, spirituality, and mysticism. His images remind us that moments of perfection are possible, and that we create our own reality. He believes every photograph is an act of transformation, and that the photographs we make tell us more about ourselves than about what was in front of the lens.

Gino’s photographs have appeared in thousands of publications. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and acquired by collectors worldwide. Gino has taught at Santa Fe Workshops since 2003. His primary goals are to demystify digital technique and empower students to realize their own photographic vision.

Website: jeanmiele.com

Instagram: @jean_miele

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