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Workshops in Guanajuato, Mexico!

Nov 12

In Seminars & Workshops, Travels at 9:08am

This December, we’ll be hosting a series of workshops and seminars, for the first time ever, in beautiful Guanajuato, Mexico.  These workshops, known as PhotoXPerience, have been organized by the very talented Leon-based photographer, Hector Segovia (who shot all of these photos), and are sure to be an amazing time.

We’ve been fortunate to build local partnerships with Nikon Mexico, Manfrotto, and yes, even Corona Extra, amongst others. I’ve done a bunch of assignments in Mexico and Central America, working for Nat Geo, Travel and Leisure, and the Mexican Tourist Board, but I have to admit, I’m kind of tickled by the prospect of at least partial sponsorship from a beer company. That’s a first for the studio!

Here’s the basics of what we’ll be doing:

– December 3: We’ll be putting on a full-day seminar at the Guanajuato State Auditorium, demonstrating everything from making the most of one small flash, through multiple light setups.

– December 5 (limited to 15 participants): In this one-day workshop, we’ll be using the beautiful streets of Guanajuato as our backdrop, have dedicated subjects to photograph, and we’ll be working with you to produce great photos throughout the day.

– December 6-7 (limited to 15 participants): In this two-day workshop, you’ll get to dive in deeper, crafting your own photos each day, work with multiple models, and get plenty of feedback along the way.

The combination of the swirl of life on the streets of this wonderful town, the intensity of the colors, and the light of Mexico (occasionally harsh, occasionally beautiful, but always a challenge to work with) will push us as a group to accelerate skills in terms of shaping, tweaking and bending light to our purposes.

For the full scoop on all that we’ll be doing, take a look at the PhotoXperience website. One cool thing that’s been added to the week, as the workshops are filling up, is a day of Photo Safaris, in these wild ass looking Mercedes things called Unimogs. On Dec. 4th, we’ll go out for for four hours at a clip, departing the center of the city for nearby destinations, which will be ready for us with characters and models. Live shoots and demos ensue. These things look like a blast. Again, hit the link above for full blown info. Hector is amazing at getting right back to you on questions, etc.

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Fotografia Esencial says:

on November 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

More than 30 photographers from Fotografia Esencial will meet you up there in Guanajuato. We are eager to participate in your Seminar.

Irjohn says:

on November 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I bet you’d love the Unimog that you’ll bring it home to lug around your tons of gears. Congrats on teaming up with Corona, that’s a quantum leap!

Alex Sahagún says:

on November 13, 2012 at 1:37 am

We just can’t wait to have you here in Mex! There is a lot of people like me that are just counting the days for December to arrive and you included with it. I can’t thank Hector enough for creating this, and for giving me such opportunity. See you soon!

Frank Doorhof says:

on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

Wow, would love to attend something like that myself and not for the beer 😉
Good luck Joe, looking forward to the images from this one.

Felix says:

on November 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

Wow! That sounds like fun! Wish you lots of fun! Meanwhile, I will stay in cold Germany. Brrr!

Kendrick (from says:

on November 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I love Gaunajuato! Spent some time there in 2007 and it’s a fascinating and beautiful city. I plan to visit many more times in the future and I know the participants of these workshops will get some incredible images! Have fun!

Gerardo Arriaga says:

on November 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm


I absolutely loved your workshop in NYC and already have my spot reserved for t December. 6 and. 7 in Guanajuato. So happy to know that I’ll be. learning from you again!

Hannes Uys says:

on November 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Ugh!! Wish I could have been there. Gaunajuato looks so colourful! :-)

Mario Fernández says:

on November 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I would like to go!! Not far from where I am living. For me Joe McNally is like Bono!. Must see

FotoXplora says:

on November 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

We are ready for the seminar, Guanajuato will be a great spot to take pictures with Joe!

Bill Frakes says:

on November 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

Lovely as a beer sponsorship sounds, and believe me that has been a matter of some intense discussion in our studio, it dwarfs in comparison to the richness of the history and color of Guanajuato.

Biblioteca Armando Olivares Carrillo on the campus of the University of Guanajuato is not only a gorgeous library space visually but contains one of the Western Hemispheres best collections of
ancient books including a bible printed by Gutenberg of which there are only three copies existing in the world. A delicious trip back to a different era.

WIsh I could join you. You’re going to love it in Guanajuato.

Sumit says:

on April 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Nice article by you

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