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Balloon Fiesta Photography Workshops: 2011

Balloon Fiesta Photography Workshop © Leslie Alsheimer

International Balloon Fiesta Photography Workshop

EXCLUSIVE: Small Group Workshops

The International Balloon Fiestas are a world reknowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. The smell of roasting chiles, and the beautiful magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the dazzling new mexico blue skies and eloquent light has attracted photographers for more than three decades.
This 4-day workshop will be a combined classroom workshop with outdoor location photography. Come photograph the colorful balloons in the wonderful light of the southwest.

October 7 - 9, 2011 and October 28-31, 2011

Students will learn to tell stories with images. This is not only an intensive hands-on workshop in photography, but an opportunity to complete a personal body of work for a portfolio and learn respectful techniques for photographing people in a visually stunning environment. This workshop will challenge students to let go of what is comfortable and easy,and move on to the next level. we will discuss creative vision, where it comes from and how to find it when it sems to disappear.

This workshop is an exclusive, small group, customized photography workshop, designed to broaden your photographic skills and vision. While we will cover some digital photography techniques, this workshop is mostly about making images in the field and gaining a greater awareness of effective story telling through an international event in a cross cultural environment.

This exciting workshop will provide a unique photography workshop experience, allowing each participant to receive one-on one feedback and critique, and learn to connect to people as photographic subjects in a different way. Participants will explore a wide variety of techniques that allow each picture to tell a story, learn to bring out the emotion and unique-ness of an event or place and its people through the use of the camera. Participants will also explore their own, individual place within an image as the creator and photographer.

This intensive workshop is a dynamic and exciting blend of lectures, discussions, and outdoor assignments in which participants tackle the challenges of photographing in the field. We discuss ways to approach and photograph people and events, cross-cultural considerations, tips on equipment and digital concerns in different travel and outdoor environments.

The emphasis is on expanding your creative vision in the realm of documentary and travel photography in a breath taking environment.

Shuttle Services : from/to the Albuquerque Airport is provided by several companies. Shuttle service is available by exiting the luggage claim area. Sandia Shuttle (1.888.775.5696 or will drop off and pick up at nearby downtown hotels, or fly into Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Shuttle costs are approximately $25 - $30.

You may also choose to ride the new NM Railrunner Train. Northbound fare to Santa Fe is $7. Shuttle buses are available by exiting the luggage claim area. The bus will take you to the train depot. Once in Santa Fe bus service provided as part of your train fee will take you to the Railyard stop which is a few blocks from our Workshops. For more details and schedules visit*

Rental cars are also available in Albuquerque, and in Santa Fe.

We do not provide transportation during the workshop. Please plan ahead and reserve a rental car. We will assist in organizing and fascilitating carpools and ridesharing. We are not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

For More Information

Please email our offices for information about this workshop at, or call 707-SEE-FOTO.

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Course Details

As each of our workshops is customized to accommodate the interests of each of the participants attending, the itinerary will be sent 30 days prior to the workshop.

$1,268 Class size is limited. Small group Only.
$500 deposit required to secure your seat in this extremely popular workshop. Visit this link for cancellation policies.
Please visit this link for more information concerning this workshop.

To register for a workshop, contact us by phone 707.SEE.FOTO (707.733.3686) or by email us at

Work / Study Scholarship
We do understand that the cost for this workshop can be prohibitive for many. We offer one Work /Study position for each workshop to help students on a tighter budget. This position offers half price tuition in exchange for assistance with odd chores, errands and tasks. The Work / Study student will still be responsible for their own airfare and meals. The Deadline for applications is: MAY 1, 2010. We do encourage Work/ Study to apply early, as these positions are highly coveted.

To Apply for Work / Study Scholarship
Please Send a CD by mail including
• Resume
• Letter of Recommendation
• Portfolio or Sample of Photography
• Short essay as describing why you would like participate in this workshop

Please DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. Items will not be returned

Please do not e-mail submission. E-mail submissions will not be considered.

Mail to: Santa Fe Digital Darkroom
ATTN: SANTA FE Scholarship Committee: Balloons
551 W. Cordova Rd. Suite 155
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Santa Fe Digital Darkroom Photography Workshops & Photo Tours
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