WORKSHOPS & LECTURES
ONLINE LECTURES & ON LOCATION WORKSHOPS
For more information on workshop please go to Santa Fe Workshops website
I do not currently have any IN PERSON workshops scheduled, but please check back as I am hopeful that IN PERSON workshops will continue in 2022.
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PAST WORKSHOPS 2021 & 2020
SFW Perspectives Series - an Online Seminar
Two 2-hour sessions
November 15 (Monday) & 17 (Thursday), 2021 (6:00 - 8:00pm MST)
Color. Light. Action. Pattern. These four elements are essential to a great travel image, and while a successful photograph isn't required to incorporate all of them, it does need to have at least two (and the gesture needs to be complete!).
In session one, travel photographer extraordinaire Nevada Wier focuses on the elements of color and light. Each communicates in different ways, and although the word photography means “writing with light,” that particular element is often upstaged by color. Most photographers rely heavily on color for basic composition and to convey mood and emotion. To balance the scales, Nevada explains how the endlessly shifting qualities of light can be harnessed at all times of day.
The second session covers action and pattern. Nevada shares tips for photographing fast motion in the field, by using not only stop-action but also panning, slow shutter speeds, and flash. She demonstrates the power of impeccable in-camera framing to create compelling compositions while detailing the ways that pattern repetition can strengthen your images' visual flow. Throughout, she stresses the importance of gesture and why it needs to be complete and recognizable.
Join Nevada for four informative hours that elevate your aesthetic vision and expand your photographic skills, preparing you to capture travel images that transcend the usual clichés.
On location (YEAH IT HAPPENED!!!!)
September 30 - October 5, 2021
PACKAGE PRICE $3,095
A vibrant colonial town more than 400 years old, San Miguel de Allende is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The streets are rich in color, aroma, and sound, with the endless drama of Mexican life evident around every corner.
Our time in San Miguel coincides with one of the city’s most important historical traditions: the celebration of its patron saint, San Miguel Arcángel (the archangel St. Michael), which begins Friday evening, October 1. During this exhilarating three-night and day festival, people sing and dance in the streets all night long while mariachi bands play. Pilgrimage-makers from other Mexican towns join locals to honor the saint with parades, dances, and special performances, the most significant being La Alborada, which represents the fight of San Miguel against Lucifer.
In anticipation of the festival, we spend our first two days firing up our artistic juices and preparing for the unique challenges of capturing quick action at nighttime. Nevada offers a deep dive into technical, practical, and creative techniques for making images that transcend cliché. As we discuss ways to approach and photograph people, we cover strategies for working in all kinds of environments and lighting conditions, using natural light as well as fill-flash. We also engage in group and individual critiques.
Join Nevada for adrenaline-filled fun and once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, perfect for photographers who can handle late nights!
On location in Santa Fe, NM (YEAH IT HAPPENED!!!!)
July 26 -30, 2021
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.
For more information go to Santa Fe Workshops website
with Nevada Wier & Eddie Soloway
April 6 (Tuesday) & April 8 (Thursday) 2021
Nevada Wier and Eddie Soloway share a love for wild and remote travel destinations. Eddie makes a point of seeking out blank spots on the map, while Nevada passionately explores cultures far removed from our fast-paced world. For two evenings online, these two friends share stories, photographs, and practical advice, comparing notes on an engaging array of personal travel topics.
Through photographic presentations and conversations, Eddie and Nevada chart the evolution of their aesthetic visions and examine the fluid demands of making photographs in the moment. Seeing deeply amidst the chaos and sometimes stillness of a place is essential for a thoughtful travel adventure. Equally important is the ability to tread lightly on the land and, if possible, to return periodically to a special location to deepen your connections. They touch on topics such as nonverbal communication, overcoming preconceived notions, and how to create evocative images that speak from your heart.
They also delve into the process of preparation for a thoughtful photographic journey, determining where to look, how to look, what to avoid, and which equipment to carry. They also take time to reflect on the experience of living through 2020, taking stock of the gifts received and the lessons learned, including the ability to embrace Plan B.
Join two seasoned travel photographers who share an enduring friendship and a wealth of practical experience as you learn how to overcome preconceived notions about a place and come home with much more than a photograph.
December (Tuesday)15 & (Thursday) 17, 2020
July 28, 30, 31 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 2020
March 7 - 14, 2020 (hooray we were able to squeak in this workshop!)