Oaxaca, Mexico Workshop

 18th-23rd Feb 2023 

 Maximum 5 students  ·  (Fully Booked)
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Workshop Overview

On the afternoon / evening of February 18th we will all meet for a group dinner to get to know each other and talk about general concepts of street & documentary photography.  This will be followed by 5 full days of shooting in and around Oaxaca City. This includes two half-day trips to neighboring villages and one full-day trip to San Martin Tilcajete for their annual lent celebration.  Our days will be a mix of shooting individually and in small groups of 2 or 3 while exploring markets, streets, churches and city squares of Oaxaca and neighboring villages.  My aim is to help you improve as a street photographer and recognize and capture compelling moments, not to setup travel shots and show you where to stand, etc. and have us all come home with the same photographs.  

Sample Day:
- meet for breakfast
- photograph in and around a specific area in groups of 2 or 3 or have an instructional session on various street photography topics decided on by the group followed by shooting
- meet for lunch
- photograph in and around another area in different groups than the morning session
- meet for dinner
- nightly edit & review session where I will work with each photographer individually to identify the strongest photographs of the day, suggest minor edits such as crops, tilt correct, etc., as well as identify areas to focus and improve on in the coming days.

Topics covered in daily reviews: Advanced and beginning layering technics, creative foreground and background framing, cropping, sequencing to create a compelling series, effective use of natural light, capturing compelling candid moments, etc.

Workshop Perks:

-Individual Portfolio Review
-Daily Photo Reviews
-Customized Lessons
-1 on 1 shooting time on the streets with Jonathan Jasberg
-Friendly non-competitive group environment where we all learn from each other


Digital Camera preferably with a wide angle lens 28mm, 35mm, etc. Zoom lenses are fine, but a single small lens is preferable. You should have enough batteries and memory cards to be able to produce and store 1,000 photographs. These will be full days of shooting with no time to recharge batteries. Please know your camera and how to adjust the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Unless you are using a Leica, I will most likely not know how to use your camera to help make adjustments.

Laptop with photo editing software (Lightroom preferred) and enough internal / external storage space to hold your photographs. Cropping and basic exposure adjustments are all that will be needed and we will mainly use this software to view and rate your photos.

Walking Shoes  Oaxaca and the towns we will be visiting are all very walkable. Walking 10,000-20,000 steps each day during these workshops is very common, so please be prepared both physically and mentally, along with a good set of shoes.  


Workshop tuition is $850*. Transportation, lodging, food, and any other costs are not included and are the responsibility of each participant. Oaxaca is a fairly affordable city where quality food and accommodations can be had for a relatively low cost. We will generally eat together if we can, and split the bills for food and transportation.  All workshop participants will receive $100 discount on any future workshops they attend with me.

*If you are from Mexico, please contact me for a reduced tuition.

Arrival and Lodging

I will already be in Oaxaca and provide a detailed guide for arriving in Oaxaca airport, buying a sim card, and transportation options into the city so that you will have a comfortable and smooth welcome into the city.  We will all stay at the same location, or nearby so that we can spend as much time together as a group and get to know each other and learn from each other.  


Life happens. If you need to cancel, you will receive your workshop fee back via paypal, minus any paypal fees.  If Jonathan Jasberg (the instructor) needs to cancel, you will be refunded your tuition of $850 and I am not responsible for any reimbursement of travel expenses or any other costs incurred by participants.  Travel insurance that covers cancellations, missed flights, etc., is recommended if you are not a seasoned traveler.


Is Oaxaca safe?  Oaxaca is one of the safer cities and states of Mexico, full of friendly people and amazing culture. However, no city is completely safe, so basic precautions should always be taken. A zippered pocket for your wallet, no flashy jewelry and modest clothing are always recommended.

Can I shoot film?  Yes, you may shoot film and Oaxaca has a very good lab to buy and process film. I also shoot a fair amount of film while in Oaxaca. Please note, that due to the delay in processing film, your shots will not be reviewable on the same day. Thus, I would advise shooting a mix of film and digital if you wish to bring a film camera.

Can you help me improve xyz?   Prior to the start of the workshop, I ask all participants if there is anything specific they would like to focus on (e.g. layering, storytelling, use of light, overcoming shyness, etc.).   I make sure to work together with each photographer and focus on their individual goals while we are out in the field, as well as providing additional material during the workshop.

My style is very different than yours, can I still attend?  

Absolutely. Everyone should have their own style and not worry about conforming to other styles. My goal is to help you develop and refine your style to boost your photography to new levels. If you are interested in posed street portraits, still life street photography, or run and gun flash style of street shots, then that is what you should practice and I can assist. 

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Oaxaca & San Martin Tilcajete

Film & Digital