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2015 Spring Shoot - New Orleans

There is still time to Register for the 2015 Spring Shoot in New Orleans. Click here to register online.

This year's Spring Shoot combines Photography, food and fun in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Take a stroll with one of our special walking tours; hear presentations from well-known photographers; enter a photo contest, or enjoy the sites on your own. There's no better place for photography when it comes to architecture, people and culture.
Registration includes the following:
  • Morning and evening photo walking tours with Richard Sexton, Tom Smith, David Spielman and Chris Williams.
  • Saturday Keynote address with Maggie Steber, well-known photography and winner of the Leica Medal of Excellence.
  • Spring Shoot Photo Contest judged by Maggie Steber
  •  Leica on Loan
  •  10 Tips to Improve Your Photography
  • Creole World Photographs and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
  •  Travel with Leica: Airplanes, Birds; and the Dali Lama 
  • Convergence: Music, Photography & Prose
  • Reception on Thursday evening with light snacks
  • LHSA Headquarters will be at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter hotel
  • Optional: David Spielman Gallery & Dinner at Commander's Palace: make reservations on your own: 504-899-8221, jacket required
Tour one of the grand plantation homes along the famous River Road: Ashland Belle Helene Plantation home (limited reservations). Contact Richard Rejino at LHSA headquarters: 972-233-9107 ext. 211.

Don't miss the opportunity to photograph in and around the French Quarter; to learn more about photography; and to be around people who love shooting with Leica cameras!


2015 New Orleans Spring Shoot Program

Wednesday, April 15th

1:00 - 5:00 PM      Registration     Hotel Lobby                   

Registration desk will hand out two photography challenges from which you can choose to complete. Both will be judged by Maggie Steber on Saturday afternoon.3:30 PM.


1:00 - 2:00 PM      Leica on Loan     Hotel Lobby

Try out the newest Leica camera bodies and lenses.


1:00 - 5:00 PM Individual Shooting On your own


4:00 – 6:00 PM     New Orleans Mystery with Maggie Steber (Class sold out) Meeting Room

For those who have previously signed up for this class, this session is a night time search for photographic mystery in the streets of New Orleans with world renown photographer and storyteller Maggie Steber. The streets, architecture, bars and ally ways of NOLA will serve as the backdrop as participates create a story of  “mystery” inspired by the location and by looking at various photographers, who have used light and shadow  to create photo essays and films in the past. We will meet for three days at 4PM Wednesday-Friday and conclude with a final edit on Saturday morning, allowing students plenty of time to enjoy other lectures during the meeting. Please bring your notebook computer and thumb drive. Participants will spend evenings taking their images for later critique.


6:00 – 7:00 Informal gathering  Hotel Lounge


7:00   PM  Dinner on Your Own, or with one of our photo guides.                                                     


Thursday, April 16th

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM  Registration    Hotel Lobby


8:00-8:30 AM       Leica on Loan  Hotel Lobby

Try out the newest Leica camera bodies and lenses.


8:30-10:30 PM      Guided Photo Shoot: Walking Tour location and guide TBD  Meet in Hotel Lobby                   


10:30 AM-12:00 PM    Self-Guided tour of Historic NOLA Collection Museum    Meet in Hotel Lobby

The Historic NOLA Collection Museum is located at S/B 533 Royal St., a few block from our Hotel.  504.532.4662


12:00 – 2:00 PM   LUNCH


2:00-3:00 PM   Creole World Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere with Richard Sexton   

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere, is both a book and an exhibit. The genesis of this project goes back to 1974, when at age 20, I set out for Latin America behind the wheel of a Datsun station wagon. New Orleans was the first and only North American stop on the tour. The purpose of the trip was to test my mettle as a photographer. My only camera, which was at my side throughout the trip, was a Leica M4. It was the camera with which I took my first serious photographs and with which I learned to be a photographer. Today I’m using the digital descendants of the M film camera—an M Monochrom and M240. I’ll be discussing Creole World from the perspective of a lifelong Leica M photographer and describing what this camera system meant to this project.


4:00 – 6:00 PM  New Orleans Mystery with Maggie Steber (Class sold out)


6:00 – 7:00 PM  Reception with Cash Bar & Light Hors d ’Oeuvres 


7:00 – 10:00 PM   Evening Walking Tour/Dinner on Your Own or with one of our photo guides.              

Friday, April 17th 


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration    Hotel Lobby


8:00-8:30 AM   Leica on Loan and walking demo afterward using the new D-Lux with Tom Smith   Hotel Lobby

Try out the new Leica D-Lux.


8:30 – 10:30 AM   Guided Tour with Chris Williams Location TBD


8:30-10:30 PM      Self-Guided Tour of Historic NOLA Collection Museum  Meet in Hotel Lobby 


11:00 -12:00 PM   Travel with a Leica:  Airplanes, Brides and the Dalai Lama with Chris Williams     

Slideshow presentation and discussion of work from my Aviation images, Wedding images and Dalai Lama images using Leica cameras and processing with Adobe Lightroom.


1:30-4:00 PM        Board Meeting 


4:00 – 6:00 PM     New Orleans Mystery with Maggie Steber (Class sold out)


6:00 – 10:00 PM   “Cocktail and Photography Tour” – Self Guided   Meet in Lobby


7:00 – 10:00 PM   Evening Walking Tour with Richard Sexton/Dinner on Your Own 

Saturday, April 18th

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration    Hotel Lobby


8:00-8:30 AM   Leica on Loan   Hotel Lobby

Try out the newest Leica camera bodies and lenses


8:30 AM-12:00 PM   Guided Photo Shoot: Walking Tour and location and guide TBD Meet in Hotel lobby 


9:00 -10:00 AM    Convergence: Music, Photography and Prose with Richard Rejino                                 

Explore how photography can be combined with other creative mediums to enhance your storytelling. Using his highly successful “What Music Means to Me Project” and other projects, Richard will illustrate how he combined his three greatest passions, music, photography and writing, and turned them into a book, a museum exhibit, and a means to collect communicate the transformative power of music.


10:00-12:30 PM    Akademie Workshop Review with Maggie Steber (Class sold out)                                    


1:30 – 3:00 PM     Keynote Presentation: Maggie Steber 


3:00 – 3:30 PM   Nola Photo Project Review with Maggie Steber                                                                  

Acclaimed Leica photographer Maggie Steber will announce the winners of the Spring Shoot photo contest. Winners will have their images posted on the LHSA website and the Spring Shoot Snap Shot review.


3:45 – 4:45 PM   10 Tips to Improve Your Photography with Tom Smith                                                    

5:00 – 10:00 PM  Optional: Leave for David Spielman Gallery and Dinner at Commander’s Palace
Spielman Gallery Spielman Gallery 2727 Prytania St NOLA 70130; 504.908.7670. Participants will make their own reservations at 8 PM, Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave NOLA 70130 (a few blocks from Spielman Gallery) 504.899.8221 Jacket required. We suggest reservations be made days in advance. There will be a signup sheet at Registration desk. Mr. Spielman needs a total count for his Gallery.

6:00 – 7:00 PM   Optional: Informal Gathering in Hotel Lounge

7:00-10:00 PM    Optional: Evening Walking Tour/Dinner on Your Own                                                    

Sunday, April 19th

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Farewell Breakfast – Hotel Restaurant (On Your Own)



We are pleased to report that the 2014 Raffle sales exceeded the all-time record!   The last day of ticket sales made the difference.  So many members supported the society by making multiple purchases.  Thank you for your generosity!


We will be processing ticket orders over the next 10 days.  If you mailed in an order form and have not received ticket numbers, you will hear from us within the next week.   


We look forward to the excitement of the Raffle Drawing on Tuesday, July 22.


Questions?  Send an email to


Good luck!


LHSA Member Publishing Street Photography Book

Member David Keenan is over halfway to goal in his Kickstarter campaign to publish a phenomenal book entitled FAIR WITNESS, about street photography in the 21st century.  The book is to be published by the Italian firm of Damiani. 


David's body of work is endorsed by Leica Camera plus a number of well-known photographers. 


If you wish to read about or contribute to David's campaign, the link is below.  Good luck, David!  We wish you the best.



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