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Portrait of the New Mexico State Fair: Capture to Print
September 12 - September 17, 2013

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Inspire and challenge yourself as you explore, with your camera, the New Mexico State Fair in all its glory. This year marks the Fair’s 75th anniversary, and we are being granted special access to tell a timeless story about New Mexico’s unique culture.

The Fair boasts a rich abundance of colorful characters and we spend three days in Albuquerque photographing its many aspects: competitions, entertainment, parades, musical guests, art and artists, food, 4-H kids with their hand-raised livestock, homemade goodies vying for blue ribbons, and the midway. We go in with a professional attitude and edict, as the Fair has granted us special access in exchange for the promotional use of selected images taken by participants. (Credits will be featured.) You spend one day capturing your own personal “day in the life” of the State Fair. Other days feature morning and evening assignments and covering your choice of subject from a list provided by fair management.

On Sunday we drive to Santa Fe and spend the remaining two days in The Workshops state-of-art digital lab, processing and printing our images. Karen and Will Van Beckum, the digital lab manager, review, discuss, and guide your workflow, placing special emphasis on color management and archival digital printing using both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

Be a part of this once-a-year melting pot of New Mexico arts, entertainment, and culture while refining your personal photography. Your images could make a difference and a good time is sure to be had by all!

© Karen Kuehn
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