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The best travel photography results from a combination of technical expertise, cultural competence, intuitive awareness, and curiosity—plus a dash of panache. In this workshop Nevada Wier helps you tackle the challenges of photographing with creative intent while on the move with a digital camera.
The historic town of Santa Fe and its environs provide ideal environments for the travel photographer, and participants spend part of each day photographing in the field as they develop travel stories. Before the workshop each student is responsible to research an idea(s) for a travel story to photograph and develop during the workshop. Using a lively blend of lectures, discussions, and assignments, Nevada discusses ways of combining technical, practical, and creative aspects of travel photography in order to capture an image that rises above the usual travel clichés.
Our sustained emphasis is on elevating your aesthetic vision and expanding your photographic skills. You learn to research and create compelling images that present a strong visual narrative. We also discuss ways to sensitively approach and photograph people, and delve into techniques for using natural light, as well as fill flash. During classroom sessions, Nevada offers daily feedback and guidance in one-on-one and group critiques.
As you master the essentials of telling a travel story, you create meaningful, personal photographs that reveal the spirit of a place and its people.
Proficient in digital workflow, custom functions on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera, and a working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom (or a similar program). Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. She is recognized for her creative and intimate approach to people.
Nevada has been published in numerous national and international publications, including National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. Her fine-art prints are featured in numerous public and private collections; she is represented by the Obscura Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Nevada is a well-known keynote speaker, workshop, and seminar instructor. Photo District News named Nevada one of America’s best photography workshop teachers (2010). She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society.
A popular workshop instructor, Nevada is also part of our Mentorship Program »
Get to know Nevada in our Inspiration Series video »