― D.H. Lawrence
Northern New Mexico is sand and sage, plains and mesas, flame colored cliffs — surrounded by sky and clouds that herald the change of time and weather. Your challenge is to capture the intensity and beauty of this land of light and shadow with award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian and co-instructor Tye Hardison, who have both explored New Mexico with their cameras for more than thirty years.
WHAT: The sun will rise over adobe churches and we will be there to witness and photograph. At sunset, cliffs will turn gold and crimson, and our cameras will focus on this miraculous change and beauty. This workshop is both a celebration and a challenge – to see the magic and beauty of the Land of Enchantment and to make your own images, from adobe details to magnificent wide-open landscapes. Wandering over the rocky hillsides, we’ll have the chance to see a unique New Mexico – the essential land in all its beauty and simplicity.
WHO: This workshop is terrific for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. You will need to know before you get here how to set and use auto bracketing on your camera if your camera has this feature. You should be able to download, edit and manage images on your laptop computer and be able to output an image file for review and comment as time permits. You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on trails and varied terrain.
PLAN: While based in Santa Fe, we will travel to locations within easy reach, where you will receive one-on-one instruction in the field, on technical and aesthetic issues. Class discussions will help you understand the many aspects of digital photography like histograms and we will introduce you to HDR, along with giving feedback on your images. Weather permitting we will photograph the night sky!
BACKGROUND: You will also experience for yourself the land that influenced major artists' ways of seeing, thinking, and creating, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Elliot Porter, Laura Gilpin, and Peter Hurd. You'll discover the uniqueness of Northern New Mexico — the high desert land and light, the different cultures, mountain and mission — that has drawn people here for centuries.
WHAT TO BRING: Lots of enthusiasm for making pictures. Your digital camera with lenses, a tripod and filters. A laptop computer with Lightroom software installed and working. (We will provide a complete list of necessary gear before the workshop begins.)
QUESTIONS: Have any questions, suggestions or concerns? Feel free to contact us any time – our expert team will be more than happy to help! Call Cindy at (505) 983-2934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES: We highly recommend you purchase travel/trip insurance in case you need to cancel.
Craig Varjabedian, the founder and main instructor at Eloquent Light, is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the land and the people who live on it, telling stories. . . one photograph at a time. A gifted teacher, Craig has taught photography for over thirty years.
Tye Hardison has photographed all across New Mexico since 1999. A meticulous craftsman with a native’s sensitive eye, he assists Craig in the field and with Eloquent Light's photography workshops. Tye is Adobe Lightroom Certified. This means that after rigorous testing by Adobe, he is now considered an expert in the joys and pitfalls of Lightroom photo editing software. His expertise in Lightroom will provide new tools for workshop attendees.