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From its French-influenced architecture to the jazz bands that fill the streets with swirling rhythms, New Orleans’ lively blend of cultures makes it a compelling photography destination. Take to the streets of the French Quarter with
your camera, capturing timeless streetcars, balconies tangled with flowers, and the mimes of Jackson Square. Catch the atmosphere at the legendary Café Du Monde and the
French Market, document the nightlife on Bourbon Street, and more.
This workshop is led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor and is designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. All participants must bring a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, a laptop computer, and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.
The following is our planned itinerary; however, our schedule is flexible to allow for spontaneous photographic opportunities.
Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 — Thursday: New Orleans, Louisiana
Arrive in New Orleans and check into our hotel near the historic French Quarter, or stay at accommodations of your choice. Meet tonight for a welcome dinner and an image presentation by our National Geographic photographer.
Optional Accommodations: Windsor Court Hotel (D)
Day 2 — Friday: Jackson Square/French Quarter
Spend the morning in our classroom learning how to enhance your photos with improved exposure and composition, and attending a talk by our National Geographic photographer. This afternoon, set out on your first assignment, photographing the mimes, artists, and architecture of Jackson Square. Then stop by the legendary Café Du Monde as it fills with people of all backgrounds seeking coffee and their famous beignets. Later, return to our classroom for an edit-and-critique session with your instructors — and to receive your next assignment. Tonight, if you wish, hit the streets of the French Quarter to capture jazz musicians at play, the blur of beads and neon lights, and the thriving nightlife of the city.
Optional Accommodations: Windsor Court Hotel
Day 3 — Saturday: Audubon Park
This morning, take a streetcar trip through the Garden District and Uptown neighborhoods to Audubon Park. Filled with ancient live oak trees and sometimes wildlife-rich ponds, enjoy a variety of photographic opportunities in the area, including nature photography, architecture shots, and more. Meet back in our classroom for an afternoon edit-and-critique session with your instructors. This evening, gather for a group dinner followed by a presentation of the best work taken during the workshop.
Optional Accommodations: Windsor Court Hotel (D)
Day 4 — Sunday: New Orleans/Home
After a final question and answer session this morning, head into the surreal heart of New Orleans’ most famous celebration at Mardi Gras World to photograph the year-round creation of parade floats. The workshop concludes at noon.
Bob Sacha is an award-winning photographer, multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, editor, and teacher who first made his name as a magazine photojournalist. A contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine, Bob covered assignments around the world, from New Orleans and New York City to China and Easter Island. Bob shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby, and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the director of photography for the New York Times series, “Living City,” about New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot had its world premiere at DocNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival. Based in New York, Bob is currently the Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, a J school with the soul of a Silicon Valley startup. He also lectures and mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as well as in workshops across the globe, and is currently exploring 360 video for journalism. Bob enjoys visiting and photographing in New Orleans, where he shot stories for both National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. He looks forward to returning again for this workshop.