"Thank you for a genuinely unique experience. I have attended other workshops by other photographers before, but not one that I found to be so much fun. The defining quality of your workshop was its intimacy - the small number of students; the close personal attention you provided to each of us; gaining entry to sites not open to everyone; and the sense that you not only know photography, but also the people and history of New Mexico. When anyone asks me where they can learn more, I never hesitate to recommend they take a workshop with you."
Kerry S., Texas
"The first workshop was an incredible experience! It served as great motivation to move forward in learning new skills and to discover the beauty and significance of light in photography. Almost five years later, I rejoined Eloquent Light for a White Sands Photography Workshop. Our small group hiked across the gypsum sands enjoying and photographing the beautiful scenery. White Sands put on a magnificent show for us and Craig guided us to the "best seats in the house!" Thank you, Craig, for another wonderful experience!."
Ami B., Nevada
I recently attended Eloquent Light's Santa Fe photography workshop, called Santa Fe: The People And The Land. We had a small group, so we got a lot of individual attention from Craig, and his assistant Tye. Both Craig and Tye are amazing photographers, and good teachers and coaches. They took us to a number of great sites of interest to photograph, including a working ranch. Of special interest was their coaching on how to use HDR to manage high contrast light. On the last day, Craig and Tye reviewed our photos, giving us valuable tips and tricks. We learned a lot on this workshop, and had a lot of fun too! Thanks, guys!
Lisa R., New Jersey
"It was truly amazing. I didn’t need instructor Craig Varjabedian to turn me on to the magic of the place, but I sure appreciated his reverence for White Sands and his deep intimacy with it. He encouraged each of us to feel and see it in our own ways, while also helping us to see in new ways. He is an excellent teacher, who naturally paces information, technique, demonstration, and constructive feedback in concrete, individualized ways. Craig was easygoing yet attentive. He was keenly attuned to the weather, individual needs, and group dynamics, and managed to stay just a step ahead, anticipating changing needs. He made sure that we were in place to take advantage of the best light conditions, that each of us got the attention we needed, and that we learned from each other. We all felt respected, listened to, and learned lots from the experience while having a terrific time! I highly recommend the experience."
Anne Marie H., New York
"I would like to thank you for a great workshop. The Santa Fe & New Mexico Landscape Workshop was a great introduction to this beautiful part of the country. The workshop was a great mix of classroom and location instruction. All the locations that we photographed were perfectly chosen to get us there at the optimal times. I never felt rushed and felt all my questions were answered. I am very happy with the photographs I captured."
Dale O., New Mexico
"Instructor Craig Varjabedian reawakened that part of me that used to see the world through an artist's eyes (before decades of technical career). As a teacher, Craig Varjabedian does not tell you what you should do. He talks to you and watches you in order to understand what it is that you want to do and then he helps you to get there. He has the experience and expertise to perform this magic with novice and professional alike. I recommend Craig Varjabedian's workshops for anyone who loves photography and wants to get better at it."
Ron C., Colorado - Private Workshop Participant
I've had the good fortune to work with Craig Varjabedian in three private workshops over the past 18 months. Each of those workshops has been a fun, productive and intense learning experience for me. Craig is a dedicated, experienced, generous and highly engaging teacher. He genuinely wants his students to learn and get full value from their investment of time and money in his workshops.
Norman E., Oregon
I booked a two-day private workshop with Eloquent Light while recently in Santa Fe. Craig Varjabedian was a perfect photography coach and guide to northern New Mexico. Craig is an accomplished professional artist and photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting the light in the Southwest. He is an amicable conversationalist, kindhearted, and strikes just the right balance between gentle coaching and letting me explore my own vision. This allowed me to learn from him but also spend time on my own exploring and shooting the beautiful locations we visited.
Craig made special arrangements to visit sites that were, at the time, closed to the public. This created wonderful and rare opportunities for seeing and shooting.
I learned Craig has special powers as well. Every time we needed a cloud to pass in front of our lenses – a white puffy New Mexico cloud appeared. :-)
Cindy, Craig’s partner and chief organizer, made everything work like clockwork and provided a number of terrific suggestions for other activities in and around Santa Fe.
I highly recommend Eloquent Light. Thanks!
Leslie H., Virginia
I’ve just returned from my second workshop with Craig at Eloquent Light Workshops. I love the small intimate groups which give many opportunities to work one-on-one with Craig and his assistant Tye.
Craig’s extensive knowledge of White Sands National Monument made the vast landscape manageable as he guided us to the ideal locations at the perfect light to compose and capture its beauty. He shared his viewfinder to teach and train our eye to compose pictures with impact and interest.
The results were beautiful images that expressed the feeling and grandeur of White Sands to me. Craig has renewed my love for photography and taught me a new way of seeing light’s play on the land. I look forward to more. Thank you.
Ron C., Colorado
I've had the good fortune to work with Eloquent Light in five private workshops over the past several years. Each of those workshops has been a fun, productive and intense learning experience for me. Craig is a dedicated, experienced, generous and highly engaging teacher. He genuinely wants his students to learn and get full value from their investment of time and money in his workshops.
Collene G., Texas
It's difficult to put the workshop experience into words because it wasn't about words. For me the workshop was about using the camera as a tool to capture my perception and feelings, not to factually document events and situations.
Technically there was excellent instruction about the mechanics of actually using a camera. The "what, why & how" of using the camera was explained. Bracketing was used to take the photographs and manual manipulation was encouraged. Hands on instruction was provided for interpreting a histogram, how to best use different lenses, light filters, tripods, etc.
By pushing the envelope beyond my comfort zone I got some great photographs and also made technical mistakes. Those mistakes enabled me to make progress because before the workshop I didn't know what I didn't know. The workshop experience helped me realize the importance of knowing how to use my camera and equipment as a tool to capture what I saw in my mind even before I looked through the lens.
Al L., Texas
"After first seeing Craig Varjebedian's beautiful work on the Internet quite by accident, I knew that I wanted to be involved in one of his workshops. For many years I dreamed of attending one of Eloquent Light's workshops and this past October, that dream became a reality. I was not disappointed. We spent four wonderful days taking in the flavor of Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, all the time learning more about photography. We enjoyed our small group setting. Craig takes the time to pay attention to the needs of his participants. I highly recommend Eloquent Light and Craig Varjabedian to any photographer regardless of skill level. I will definitely attend another offering soon."
Myra B., Pennsylvania
“I recently had the opportunity to take a private workshop with Craig Varjabedian, and it was a truly amazing experience. Craig was genuinely interested in my personal photographic vision and patiently worked with me to improve my camera skills. I have participated in many incredible group workshops with Eloquent Light, and highly recommend them. If at all possible, though, I encourage folks to take a private workshop with Eloquent Light; as Craig says, he “ always take(s) you to the best places!”.
David C., New Mexico
I wasnʼt sure what to expect from an Eloquent Light workshop. I knew I liked Craigʼs work and subject matter, but Iʼve been disappointed in photography workshops before. Well, was I in for a treat! Craig is not only a gifted photographer, but he is also a talented teacher who is passionate about art and photography.
His mix of wonderful subjects, along with his insights and capabilities, provided the groundwork for a great workshop experience. It doesnʼt stop there. Craig is invested in his students, and works hard to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help them advance in new directions.
Keeping his workshops small will gives him ample time to work with each individual. On top of all of that, the man likes to have fun while he works, and that rubs off on all of us! I came away with not only new learning, but also new ideas on how to approach my own photographic work.
Kerry S., Texas
In November 2009, I participated in an Eloquent Light Photography Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Being very inexperienced, Craig Varjabedian helped to ignite a passion within me for photography. The workshop was an incredible experience! It served as great motivation to move forward in learning new skills and to discover the beauty and significance of light in photography.
Almost five years later, I rejoined Eloquent Light for a White Sands Photography Workshop. Our small group hiked across the gypsum sands enjoying and photographing the beautiful scenery. White Sands put on a magnificent show for us and Craig guided us to the "best seats in the house!"
Thank you, Craig, for another wonderful experience! I look forward to our paths crossing again in a future adventure.