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Lobo Journalism Bootcamp

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I had  a great time speaking on a panel about cooperation in the newsroom with Mark Holm, Kelly Brewer and Jakob Schiller last weekend as part of the Daily Lobo Bootcamp. Working with students is really rewarding. We didn’t have much time, there’s a lot to learn but at moments you feel like you can almost see the light bulbs on top the students heads going off when you make certain points. They have a lot of bad ideas about what newspapers are and how newspaper journalism should look. It’s can be a lot of work but I’m only here because of the kindness and generosity of numerous other photographers and journalist who shared their vast knowledge with me. But the truth is I think we speakers get as much inspiration from them as they get from us.

Mark, Kelly Jakob & I all worked together at the Albuquerque Tribune. Myself and many other people who knew of The Trib often speak of it is a magic place for photography, but it wasn’t just that the photography was making magic. Every year our goal was one particular award, Best Use of Photography from Pictures of the Year International. Here’s why. From the POYi site:

“Photo editing should demonstrate sensitivity for the selection and organization of documentary photojournalism and the appropriate use of photo illustrations. Page design should reflect consideration for the reader and respect for the vision of the photographer. Judges will consider the effectiveness of the captions, headlines and other display typography as well as photo content. Aggressive local coverage and imaginative editing of wire and syndicated photos are important. Layout of inside pages and section fronts will be evaluated.”

The communication and teamwork at the Tribune or what made the photography great. The Best Use award was presented to the photo staff, but really it was an award for the entire paper. Journalists were treated as equals regardless of what media they used to tell people’s stories, and man did we tell some stories well. The design and copy desks were the real unsung heroes, bringing it all together and making all of us look a whole lot smarter. Given how poorly most newspapers treat their design and copy editors these days, it is no surprise that the students aren’t familiar with good newspaper journalism, it’s harder to find than just a few years ago. I just hope that some of the good work the Tribune did can inspire the students to go further, do and be better. I know it did for me.

El Salvador: The forgotten 120 rolls

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While it’s not Capa’s Mexican suitcase, I did get a call from the lab reminding me to pick up some rolls of film I shot with my Holga in El Salvador, 2010. We don’t need no stinkin’ Instagram!

A digital tribute to film

I spent a day this week back in the darkroom getting ready for the Holga workshop I’m teaching with Roberto Rosales in July. I felt compelled to shoot some details around the darkroom with my 5D while we developed the film. If you are a digital photographer and never spent much time working in the glow of the red light, then you may not appreciate the images. If that is the case, you don’t know what you are missing, and you should really take the workshop.

Gathering of Nations Powwow


Gathering of Nations Pow Wow – Images by Steven St. John

I had a great time in the photographic colorgasim that was the 2010 Gathering of Nations.  The venue was outdoors for the first time at University Stadium this year, and the sunlight certainly made the bright colors pop. I met some great photographers and despite my late afternoon concern, I didn’t get a sunburn.

I should also mention that we at Tortuga workshops have our next workshop scheduled for July. It’s a b&w film class, taught using the Holga, and the workshop fee even includes your own camera to keep and film, what a deal!

I hope you enjoy these photos. Be sure to use the full screen button on the bottom right hand of the gallery to get the full effect.

Introducing Tortuga Photo Workshops

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I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a new company called Tortuga Photo Workshops.  Together with  Albuquerque Journal staff photographer Roberto Rosales, we created a company offering photo adventure workshops in Latin America. Our first workshop is scheduled for the remote island of Meanguera off the coast of El Salvador in mid March 2010.  Please have a look at our new website for more information. Also please follow us via our Facebook page.

I also want to take a second to send huge thanks to Ezra at Electrophonic Design, who put this new site together and designed all my web pages. I hope to get back to posting more on Vamos A Ver, now that Tortuga is off and running.