Workshop Digital Diaries: San Miguel de Allende - Day 1

It's the end of day #1 of my workshop here in San Miguel de Allende for Foto Workshops Mexico.

I was originally going to title this post, "So Few, So Many in San Miguel de Allende," because I have been to so few places where there are so many photo opportunities. This place is a photographer's paradise.

We spent most of the day making pictures, rather than simply taking pictures. Here are a few of my favorite shots - along with some tips.

Above: shoot at an angle to create a sense of depth in an image. Also, photograph subjects in the shade for soft, flattering and even lighting.

Are you loving the colors in this picturesque colonial city? To enhance the colors and details in a scene, check out the effects in Topaz Adjust. For info on Topaz Adjust, click here.

Above: our translator, Adriana Toledo, doubled as our model. When photographing a person, try to isolate the head so it does not get lost in the background.

Above: I used the Crisp effect in Topaz Adjust to add some detail and color to this beautiful street scene.To get max depth of field, use a wide-angle lens, select a small aperture, and focus 1/3 into the scene.

Above: Shoot an action shot as well as a portrait. Thanks Oscar for working with my workshop students. (Yes! Oscar, a local artist, knows about ZZ Top - and he also plays guitar.)

Above: Come on one of a workshop. Great fun making pictures! Lots of learning and sharing, of course.

Above, work with reflections, especially after it rains.

I hope to see you in San Miguel in 2012. Shoot me an email to get on my workshop list.

Explore the light,
P.S. What makes this San Miguel workshop special - and different - is that is run by folks who live in Mexico.