Faces of the American West

6th May 2019
903 West Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM, USA
5 Days
Group of 6
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Equipment Needed

For this portrait photography workshop in New Mexico you will need:

“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.)”

What’s Included

  • Tuition
  • Models
  • Location fees
  • Assistants

Additional Info

The Old West is peopled with legends, but our West is full of vibrant and arresting people who are working and living under a glorious Western sky. New Mexican faces reflect both the intimate beauty and rough grandeur of this incredible land.

WHAT: Join award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian to focus on environmental portraiture with model-released cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, and Native Americans. Come and visit the real west to be inspired. Like western author Jack Schaeffer, who visited Santa Fe after writing Shane, and then moved here and continued writing great western novels.

WHO: This workshop is terrific for all digital photographers who are essentially familiar with their cameras. Before you get here you will need to know; 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. You need to be able to carry your own camera gear and tripod. Also, you must be capable of walking and light hiking on trails of varied terrain.

PLAN: You will utilize the quality and direction of natural light, plus learn how to use reflectors and translucent panels to enhance the portraits. We will provide the models, locations and assistants, so you can focus on photographing the great faces of cowboys, cowgirls, and Native Americans who have beautiful pow wow regalia or traditional outfits. We will be on location each day to photograph the models. Participants will have time each day to work on their own to download their images, edit, etc. And also clean your camera and charge batteries.

BACKGROUND: New Mexico’s beautiful blue skies and wide open spaces provide the perfect setting for the Wild West era and the legendary cowboys. Along with Native Americans, who carry on their traditions today. Because Eloquent Light has over the years established personal relationships here, you will be able to have unique experiences in the Land of Enchantment.


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