This summer, I had the first-time privilege of participating in a photo educators workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place I had never been.
Santa Fe is truly a Centre for the arts.
Everywhere you look, there is stunning architecture, art and craft work of all kinds, often made by native Americans. A very dry climate and rich culture, has made Santa Fe a popular tourist attraction.
The summit is an intensive, 5-day workshop. The focus this year was on Lightroom, Adobe's mobile apps, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The days were long, but there was ample time to get out and do what these people do best - make photographs.
The location for the footage they were capturing was an amazing spot called Eaves Movie Ranch. The "ranch" is basically an old set created for shooting westerns.
One of the male models, Clint, a real-life cowboy, not only appeared in full cowboy attire, but he brought his horse (Colt), his dog and Clyde, the baby buffalo.
Other models included two stunning Native Americans (Joaquin and Tiffany) and the host of Eave's movie ranch, an old cowpoke named Tom. He reminded me of Kris Kristofferson.
As the day progressed, we were treated to different photo opportunities as the lighting direction changed, from "high noon" light on arrival, to impending storm, to the long shadows of dusk and finally a gorgeous, "Illustrator gradient" sunset.
We even dined on the set, catered by an actual chuck wagon!
Of course, along with all the learning, there needs to be "proof of learning"; there were several assigned projects for the teachers to complete individually and in teams. Assignments for this group included:
- Working in a total mobile workflow and producing one image, edited in Lightroom Mobile and - if necessary - Photoshop Fix and Mix.
- Producing a 6-image slide show using Photoshop or Premiere Pro.
- Producing a 15-second video using content the groups shot on DJI Phantom Drones and other footage they made on DSLR and smart phones.
Extra credit assignments consisted of:
- Producing a social media graphic using Spark Post.
- Creating a photo story using Spark Page.
All photography by Jim Babbage. All rights reserved. Story by Jim Babbage.