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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Jean Fogelberg

April 13 - 20, 2014

A workshop for beginner photographers who want to take their photography to the next level. Jean will teach you what the Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO settings are and how they affect your images. This, combined with an introduction to Adobe Lightroom®, will enable you to get the shots you see in your head, not the shots your camera thinks you want. Take control of your photography - if you're tired of letting your camera call the shots, this workshop will put the Oh! into Digital Photography 101 for you!

"I recently had the privilege of attending a photography workshop presented by Jean. What a wonderful experience! Despite reading my camera manual in the past, I felt totally confused and had no understanding of the impact or how to control the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. After experiencing Jean’s interactive teaching style and creative documentation of each function, I now feel capable of using my camera in modes other than automatic! I have already taken a few practice shots using my new knowledge and was excited with difference her instruction has already made. I can’t wait to spend more time perfecting my new knowledge! Thanks Jean!"

~ Cynthia M.

"I had the pleasure of attending a photography workshop recently with Jean. She was warm and welcoming, and her teaching style was effective and supportive. She has the unique ability to take a complicated concept and break it down into 'layman's' terms. She had great cues to assist in the understanding of the concept. I 'get' why her photographs and the rest of her art are so amazing. She has a beautiful spirit and her obvious knowledge is apparent in her instruction."

~ Penny Kipley


We will be in San Miguel for Semana Santa, or Holy Week, one of the most widely celebrated and important religious observances in Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is noted for its observances of Holy Week - there is at least one procession per day and many outdoor events.

* Workshop Package*

  • Full tuition with Jean for 7 days

  • Tea and Coffee at breaks

  • Set Lunch for the 7 days of the workshop, no lunch on the day off

  • Day trip to Guanajuato, set lunch included

  • Trip to the Mayan Baths on the final Day, it is a 20 minute drive from SMA, taxi-fare included

  • Closing evening Dinner buffet at the Baths (drinks not included)

  • Personalised Class Materials

Cost: $1,175

Hotel and all travel expenses are the responsibility of the workshop participant, we are however happy to assist in any way we can.

Numbers are limited on this workshop, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.


Arrival day - Saturday, April 12th. Introductory Dinner together at a nearby restaurant (to be paid for individually). We will schedule this when we know everyone's arrival time.

Day One - Sunday, April 13th: Introduction - Gear. We'll review gear and make sure everyone is familiar with their mode dial and what the different modes mean.

Day Two - Monday, April 14th. We'll start out learning what Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO mean, and how they affect photos. After lunch we'll review and head out to take some photos. A tea/coffee break and then some evening light shooting.

Day Three - Tuesday, April 15th. We'll start out reviewing and discussing our favorite shots of the previous day, and how your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings affected them. After lunch we'll discuss the basics of Adobe Lightroom® and apply some affects to our shots.

Day Four - Wednesday, April 16th. A completely free day to shoot, shop, and relax. Optional visit to the fabulous Mercado de Artesanias Crafts Market.

Day Five - Thursday, April 17th. Day trip to Guanajuato to experience another part of Mexico and to test our new skills there. We will then work in Adobe Lightroom® during a short evening session after our return.

Day Six - Friday, April 18th. We'll head out early for some sunrise shooting and then work on creating our own websites and books in Adobe Lightroom®. After lunch, a free day to shoot, shop, and relax, or Jean will be available for additional website/book questions.

Day Seven - Saturday, April 19th. We'll take our favorite shots of the previous day and work in Abobe Lightroom®. At 6:30 pm we'll head over to the Rosewood Hotel to their Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar (drinks and tapas not included in workshop package) to shoot the city skyline.

Day Eight - Sunday, April 20th: Final Day.


Final Gathering, late afternoon/evening. We'll travel to the wonderful Mayan Baths, where we'll soak, have a buffet dinner and enjoy our last day together.

Departure Day - Monday, April 21st. We depart for home with all our newfound skills, and a wonderful beginning portfolio of images of Mexico!

What You Will Need For The Workshop

1. A digital SLR camera with a mode dial with Manual and Automatic settings.


Click here to see an example of a good beginner's DSLR

2. Your favorite standard and wide angle lenses, or a wide angle to zoom lens. Click here to see an example of a wide to zoom lens.

3. A memory card with at least 16GB capacity.

4. A tripod. If you don't have one, click here for a good, inexpensive one.

5. A backpack for your gear. If you don't have one, click here for a good, inexpensive one.

6. A laptop with Adobe Lightroom® 5 software installed.

7. A built-in or separate plug-in memory card reader.

8. Recommended, but not necessary, a pen tablet.

9.If you are going to be creating your own photography website on day 6, be sure you have a domain name and web hosting set up.

10. It's Mexico, in April. Bring a hat, cool clothing and sunscreen. There are plenty of places to buy anything you need if you forget something, but be prepared for hot weather.

Daily Workshop Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast - included in the hotel price if staying at Villa Mirasol

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - First Session (15 minute mid-way break with coffee, tea, and juice provided.)

12:00 - 3:00 pm - Lunch, Siesta, Shoot, Shop

3:00 - 6:00 pm - Second session (15 minute mid-way break with coffee, tea, and juice provided.)

Session content will remain flexible to accommodate the needs of the group, therefore we also need to stay somewhat fluid on our schedule times. If you are booking massages or other appointments, please make them during the free periods, after 6:45 pm, or on the free day.

Any schedule changes will be at Jean's discretion.






The workshop will be held in the Villa Mirasol Hotel, a lovely old colonial hotel, full of charm and character, yet with all modern amenities.

The hotel sitting room is where we will be meeting and it is the perfect location for the kind of work we will be doing.


Lunch is included, and we will all convene in the dining room each day right after the morning session, except for on the day off and when we go to Guanajuato. There will be no lunch served on the day off.

Villa Mirasol is literally minutes from the center of San Miguel, and ideally located for all our photo shoots, restaurants, local marketplaces, sight seeing and everything else we could wish for.



We can accommodate approximately 17 students on-site at Villa Mirasol, therefore we strongly recommend making reservations early.

Several rooms at the hotel are shared occupancy, please let us know if you are willing to be roomed with someone you do not know, (same gender of course).

We will do our very best in assisting people to find room-mates, if however you take a double room and we cannot find you one, you will be responsible for the full cost of the room.

Full details on rooms and reservations at Villa Mirasol


San Miguel has a plethora of other lodging options, from budget to ultra luxurious. We have a few recommendations, and for convenience sake we have limited them to those within close (ish) proximity of the workhop venue. The area is quite hilly, so staying anywhere far away will generally involve taking a taxi, which of course some students may not mind.

The lovely Casa Schuck is about a 5 minute easy walk away from Villa Mirasol.


There is also a sister site of Casa Schuck, named Casa Cordelli  It is further up the hill (walking distance is 15 minutes and is UPHILL going home) but with incredible views. A 3rd property is Villas San Miguel.

Up a hill, but with amazing views (and an easy taxi-ride away),San Miguel's #1 rated B&B on TripAdvisor, is Antigua Capilla.


Another option we recommend for participants is the charming B&B Casa Calderoni, about a leisurely 8 minutes walk from Villa Mirasol, and central to everything, but on a gorgeous little quiet side street.

For more alternative accommodation options
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There is something for every budget to be found in this area, from the simplest and most affordable to the utmost "lap of colonial luxury". If several people are traveling together they may want to look into sharing a house.

The budget conscious may also consider the following:

Global Freeloaders
A wonderful site for those willing to host someone else in their own home, no charges or fees involved.

A very reasonable way to find rooms or houses, especially if several people are attending together.


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The following penalties will apply on all cancellations:
Minimum fee $500 per person
31-75 days prior to workshop - 50% of package price
0-30 days prior to workshop - 100% of



Evelyn Roberts, D.F.Astrol.S.