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Day of the Dead in Colonial Mexico
with Sarah Meghan Lee
October 27 - November 2, 2013

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Day of the Dead in Mexico is a uniquely beautiful and joyful three-day festival—a time when families come together, prepare special foods, and create colorful altars in celebration of loved ones who have died. Our week begins with photographing the various preparations for Halloween and Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende. In the classroom, we review the use of our cameras in manual mode, practice techniques for approaching and photographing people, and discuss how to photograph in low light situations. To deepen our understanding of what we are witnessing, a cultural expert joins us to discuss the significance of Day of the Dead, and we make our own class altar to honor loved ones.

On the afternoon of Day of the Dead, we photograph the festivities in San Miguel’s main cemetery, where families gather with food and drink, decorate grave sites with marigolds, play music, and dance. We cover additional topics such as digital camera settings, composition, how to use flash unobtrusively, and metering. Each day also includes an edit and critique session focusing on the photographs taken the previous day.

Note: This workshop will run one day longer so that we can photograph the Day of the Dead festivities on Saturday.


►►News Flash! We have been able to renegotiate with some of our San Miguel vendors and the package price for this workshop has dropped from the original price of $2975 to $2575 -- a savings for you of $400. Price includes double accommodations for 7 nights (single supplement available for an additional $560), breakfast Monday through Saturday, lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Sunday & Friday, and applicable model/location/materials fees. General Information for Workshops in San Miguel

Sarah Meghan Lee: Sarah Meghan Lee began her career as an assistant photo editor for USA Today. In 1996, she pursued her dream of being a photo...

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