GUATEMALA: DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
10 DAYS // OCT 24 – NOV 2, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the best of Guatemala on this great photography workshop led by Deborah Sandidge, offering you exceptional photo ops of traditional Guatemala sites such as colonial Antigua, spectacular Lake Atitlán, colorful Chichicastenango market, breathtaking volcanoes and exotic indigenous people,

This trip is planned around the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) with the indigenous celebrating all night with candlelit vigils in beautifully decorated cemeteries. While some countries’ Day of the Dead celebrations are somber and subdued, Guatemala is home to one of the most elegant and unusual events. Villages come alive as giant hand-made colorful kites, believed to keep away evil spirits, are released into the sky. Locals fly their own small kites, but the truly impressive ones, with diameters ranging between 24 and 30 meters only go up at dusk. It’s a glorious spectacle photographing groups of people struggling to get their masterpieces airborne. Let Guatemala ignite your heart with a passion for its culture and people that will translate into amazing images.

explore

  • Explore and shoot the charming colonial town of Antigua and its finest churches and monasteries: Palace Cathedral, La Merced Church and San Francisco Church
  • Photograph and experience the vibrant traders of Chichicastenango and their colorful local textiles
  • Take part in a sunrise shoot at the most beautiful lake in the world: Lake Atitlan

discover

  • Discover Lake Atitlán by boat and photograph the local indigenous people
  • Wander and photograph the charming local villages of Chichicastenango, Aguacatan, Sacapulas and Nebaj
  • Capture stunning portraits of the indigenous Tz'utujill people
  • Explore Totonicapán's unique market
  • Photograph the majestic colors of maize fields with volcanoes as your backdrop

learn

  • Camera settings
  • Use of filters
  • Digital Workflow 
  • Location lighting: how to use Quadra Packs, soft boxes, reflectors, and gels
  • Portrait lighting techniques using one flash and multiple flash set ups
  • How to tell a story with your images 
  • Light painting (weather permitting)
  • Night photography (weather permitting)

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