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Traveling Light to Mexico!

Sep 10

In Seminars & Workshops at 4:31am

This fall, I head to Mexico twice. First stop is San Miguel, an idyllic place to learn about and experience light. Staged by the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, this will be one of those weeks, working on the fly, unencumbered by lots of gear. Beautiful place, beautiful models, shot with small flash. It’s called Traveling Light, Lighting Well, and the dates are Oct. 13-18, 2013, coming up soon.

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Millie says:

on September 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

This is a powerful portrait…WOW!

Marc Eliot says:

on September 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hi Joe!
I love the way you teach on kt and i have a question about gels. Sometimes I just want to create a spot of light with a warm touch but I do not want to light the entire scene with this flash. What kinf of gels do you use to create this feel. Did you use a gel for the face of the man above ? Does Elinchrom sale something like that for the quadra? Best Regards – Marc

Vicente Forés says:

on September 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

Wow!! i like very much this portrait. What lens you used for this espectacular picture?

Dante Carrer says:

on September 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hi Marc,

I’m not Joe but I believe that I can help… just in case Joe gets lost in Tijuana.

You need to address two things:

1. The color of the light (with gels, white balance, etc). CTO gels will help with this.

2. The spread of the light. This is where snoots and grids help. If you have a softbox you can also feather the light by turning the softbox mostly away from the subject which would help you approach the look of the photo above.

Life with Kaishon says:

on September 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

This picture is magnificent. You are an admirable artist.

Lorenzo says:

on September 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

It’s great that you come to Mexico, it’s a really photogenic country. It is not great at all that the prices of the workshops are so high that they’re unaffordable for Mexicans and that is a shame.

I’ll have to keep reading your books and watching your videos!

Un saludo desde México,


Joe McNally says:

on September 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Believe was my tried and true 70-200mm ….

Stevie Purves says:

on September 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

Absolutely love this portrait Joe, the lighting is superb! Lots of drama and certainly wants to keep the eye right on it!

Carrie McCarthy, Marketing Creative Director, Santa Fe Workshops says:

on September 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hi Lorenzo,

Carrie here, from Santa Fe Photo Workshops. We have had such wonderful experiences in San Miguel, and we want to be sure to acknowledge how warmly we have been welcomed. We actually do offer discounts for Mexican citizens. Full-time San Miguel residents receive 50% off the package price.

Mexican citizens who do not live in San Miguel and need to lodge at La Aldea receive $500 off (based on the double occupancy price; if they need a single they would pay the additional $480 for a single.)

For Mexico residents who have a second home or family in the area (meaning they do not need to lodge at La Aldea) the discount is $750.

For more information email [email protected].

Thanks for your post!

Warm regards,


Scott Jones says:

on September 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Joe, this is really a great portrait of Thom! Looking forward to seeing you again at the NYC Workshop in a few weeks.


felix martin says:

on September 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

@Carrie, does this apply to all San Miguel seminars?

Carrie McCarthy, Marketing Creative Director, Santa Fe Workshops says:

on September 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

@Feliz It does indeed! In addition to Joe’s Traveling Light, Lighting Well workshop we also have 4 other week-long workshops running in San Miguel, between October 13 and November 1. The full line up is here:

Will Rutledge says:

on November 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I took this workshop and it was informative and inspiring. San Miguel is a fascinating city and the models and locations were great.

Joe is a terrific teacher. The students had a wide range of photography knowledge and Joe was able to keep all of us engaged and moving forward. Thanks, Joe!

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