2018 Spring Shoot Program

Jan 18, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Image by Wilbur Norman

Spring Shoot 2018 Program*

*Program subject to change

To read about our presenters, click here.

Wednesday – April 18

LHSA Board arrival day

Thursday – April 19

Arrival day for Participants

12:30-4 PM LHSA Board Meeting 

6 PM Meet & Greet – Stiha Room (2nd floor) La Fonda Hotel

8:30 PM – Learning to Look – David Spielman

As we all know photography is the great educator! It put a face on everything, poverty, war, disasters, birth, death and everything in between. Our brains remember singular images, not video clips. It isn’t just about the equipment or computer programs. Photographers, good photographers know how to look. If you don’t look, you won’t see and if you do see it, how can you take a picture of it. Join us and enhance your looking/seeing skills!

9 AM – 12 PM – Shooting on assignment

12 PM Lunch on your own

1 PM Making Photographs in El Norte – Don Usner

 New Mexico Don Usner will describe some of the opportunities and pitfalls of making photographs in Northern New Mexico. As with so many other things, rules learned elsewhere don’t necessarily apply here, in the “far north” of the Latin American cultural sphere and the heart of the Pueblo homeland. Don will share what he has learned after decades of shooting photos and writing about the region.

1:45 PM Shooting on assignment

5:00 – 5:50 PM Finding My Way as a Freelance Photographer. The Trials and Tribulations of Over Forty Years of Shooting – David Spielman

Picking up and looking through a camera at 15 years old, Spielman knew he was going to be a photographer. After graduating college, he moved to New Orleans, having never been there, to begin his life as a freelancer. That’s where the story and adventure begin!  The starts and false starts are all part of building the experiences that allow you to shoot better pictures. Failure was never an option.  

6:30 PM Evening event at Photo-Eye Gallery

A leisurely stroll or a short ride by car to this well known Santa Fe gallery will be featuring the work of local photographer Steve Fitch. Join your fellow Spring Shoot attendees for an educational and satisfying visit to the Photo-Eye Gallery. Photo-eye Gallery, established in 1991, is Santa Fe’s premier contemporary photography gallery, exhibiting extraordinary work in an elegant architectural space. Representing leading national and international photographers including Nick Brandt, Julie Blackmon, Tom Chambers, Mitch Dobrowner, Michael Kenna and Pentti Sammallahti, among others. Address: 541 South Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501. Phone: 505-988-5152, ext. 121.


7:30 Dinner on your own

Saturday – April 21

8 AM  The Freelance & Personal Project Photographer – Wilbur Norman

What does it take to work and make a living as a freelancer? Is it for you? When should you say ‘yes’ and, as importantly, when ought your response be, ‘No!’ You’re a freelancer and tired of working solely for others who may – or may not, share your vision for the kind of photography in which you wish to engage. You need to stretch your wings! How do you proceed with the work when the client is YOU with your own personal project?

8:45 AM  Shooting on assignment

12 PM Lunch on your own

1 PM “The Rangefinder” – with Tony O’Brien

I will be talking about my switching from an SLR to the Leica M-6 when covering the gulf war. The rangefinder camera allows you to slow down and think about what it is you see. Also, the quiet, allowing the photographer to become almost invisible. All in all, just the fun of using a Leica. I will show work on three projects: the Gulf War, work in Guatemala, and a yearlong project at a monastery.

1:45 PM Shooting on assignment

4 – 6 PM Review of Images

6:30 Dinner on your own

Included in registration, participants will receive:

  • A Small Moleskin notebook
  • Approximately 75 pg. Blurb book to include images from everyone’s work
  • YouTube slideshow of everyone’s work

Register below!


Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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