The Art of Photographic Storytelling with Photographer Deborah Kalas
Cuba: March 3-8, 2018
Award winning portrait and former Life Magazine Documentary photographer, Deborah Kalas with lead you on a six day photographic journey in Cuba. Deb has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, with exhibits across the US; winner of several national competition exhibitions; appearances on NBC Talk About Pictures and The Today show and has worked for numerous publications including Life, People and New York Magazine. With her MFA from Brooklyn College, BA from Goddard College and a PPA member and Instructor, Deb stills finds time for her latest passion photographing the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota for an upcoming book.
The Workshop: The Art of Photographic Storytelling
This workshop encourages participants to think in terms of creating a narrative with a set of photographs helping to find their own personal vision and photographic language. Instruction will be given to assist with capturing the “decisive moments” in daily life to create authentic heartfelt photographs.
Each day will start with an inspirational educational meeting to give focus to the day’s activities. After lunch will be time to upload images to your computer and learn about editing your images. Deborah will also meet with each student throughout the week and review their images and answer questions. The end goal for this workshop is to have 20 photographs that uniquely tell the story of your experience of Cuba. There will be opportunities to meet local photographers for engaging and fun dialog giving you an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with the artists of Cuba.
Havana will be our main focus during your six days on the island with a day trip to the country side of Vinales, home of the largest concentration of Tobacco growers, a major economic export for Cuba along with some of the worlds best cigars!
Both provocative and traditional, both expectedly historic and surprisingly contemporary, Cuba is an island that tugs at the heartstrings. Sweeping over breezy sugar cane fields and cresting the tropical mountains of Baracoa, weaving in and out of UNESCO World Heritage sites and roaring through a history of revolution, Cuba blooms into a paradise of sandy beaches and pastel-hued colonial towns, vintage automobiles and salsa rhythms.
A land apart from time, this is a place where you can still drive an ancient Studebaker and hole up in a bar that Bogart would have loved. This contradictory nation is a place where you can sup at a fine-dining restaurant, or kick back and listen to Cuban son at a tiny street-side café. It’s the largest island in the Caribbean, and yet it’s a world totally apart. There is no doubt: There is only one Cuba.
Discover a country brimming with music, with culture, with art, with history. With passion, for every experience and every moment. Our mission: Explore the Cuba Hemingway loved – a Caribbean isle lost to time, enraptured by music, saturated with art, and cloistered from the world. It’s the perfect place to retreat from the everyday and explore our undiscovered creativity.
And where better, than in Havana, there’s a lushness to the decay and old cigar factories, open-air markets and dancing in the streets? In this city that has juggled culture, history, Communism, and embargoes for more than a half-century.
Come with us and experience this vibrant culture and its people. Explore, journey, enjoy, and revel in all that is Cuba. Who could you ever say no?
Group Size| 10-12
Experience| This workshop is open to the enthusiastic amateur or any level professional from beginner through the advanced photographer.
Camera Gear| Participants will need a digital SLR or rangefinder camera, interchangeable lenses is optimum. A laptop computer and a thumb drive. A minimum of two lenses, a wide angle zooms like 17-35, 24-105 , a single lens like a 24mm or 35mm and a longer zoom like 70-200 or a longer lens like an 85mm, 135mm, extra batteries and cards. Participants will be able to get more from this workshops by having Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple’s Aperture, or recommended and easy to use is “PhotoMechanic” which can be downloaded on a free trial basis from camerabits.com
Includes| 5 Nights Accommodations-Hotel National or similar; 5 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketchbook; Photography Instruction with Deborah Kalas; A full time schedule of People-to People Activities will be included each day
Travel Information| Arrival Airport: Jose Marti International, Havana ( HAV) |Departure Airport: Jose Marti International Airport, Havana (HAV )
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**The above tour details are an example of what to expect; the specifics may change slightly to allow for better scheduling, the inclusion of special events or life’s unknowns.
Let us show you the Cuba we know and love -all that’s required is a sense of adventure and a curious and open mind!