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A workshop participant pauses to enjoy the beauty of New Mexico, © Course Coordinator Erik Unger


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© Ni Rong's "Sun Dance", top 100 for SUMMER photo contest

We have 98 workshops running between June and December, ranging from the basics to advanced studio lighting and multimedia storytelling. Review them all in our Summer/Fall 2012 eCatalog. The catalog is also available as a downloadable PDF straight from our web site.


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“Last Day” © Lindsay Morris, Honorable Mention in our Summer photo contest, September 2011









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»Photo Contest: April 30th Deadline

© Thierry Draus
Image © Thierry Draus, Honorable Mention in our LIGHT contest

The portrait. Environmental, studio, candid, posed, pet, or iPhone. Whatever your genre, the portrait is the theme of our current contest. The deadline is Monday, April 30, midnight MST.

PORTRAITS is an opportunity to join our international community of photographers and share your portraits with our distinguished judges—PDN photo editor Amber Terranova; gallery owner Andrew Smith; photographer Aline Smithson; and Workshops director Reid Callanan.

The winning images will be featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch blogzine. The prizes include free workshops and top-of-the-line products—the Grand Prize alone is worth over $5,000! There are 4 top awards, and 46 Honorable Mentions.

We look forward to seeing how your PORTRAITS tell the stories of those around you. Entry Fee: 3 images for $40; $10 for each additional image. Final deadline: Monday, April 30, 2012, midnight MST. Open to all photographers of any level who are at least 18 years of age. International competition.

Register for PORTRAITS now: www.santafeworkshops.com/contest »


»Join Us for Photographic Explorations Around the World

© John Weiss, © Eddie Soloway
© John Weiss, © Eddie Soloway

Be it far-flung points on the globe, or the great North American backyard, the details are covered so you can focus on exploring the culture, people, wildlife and landscapes of these remarkable places.

Spain: Madrid and Barcelona, Toledo and Sitges—A Photographic Exploration
with John Weiss
May 24 - June 3, 2012

Spain is a vibrant, exciting destination for making great photos—join John Weiss for the visual, cultural, and culinary delights of Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, and the gorgeous seaside village of Sitges, nestled against the Mediterranean.

A Natural Eye: Our Urban Parks—Millennium Park (Chicago)
with Eddie Soloway
June 29 - July 1, 2012

Nestled next to The Art Institute of Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s Millennium Park is the summer stop for Eddie Soloway’s “Natural Eye” workshop series in our country’s beautiful urban parks.

It’s a big, wide, wonderful world…let the photographing begin!

View all upcoming destinations including Oregon, Ladakh, and Africa »

»Final Workshops of Spring and Early Summer

© Terry Hauschulz
© Terry Hauschulz

Triggered Photography: High Speed Photography and Time-Lapse Sequences
with Terry Hauschulz
May 7 - May 10

Open your eyes to the rarely seen world of triggered photography. Terry teaches you to use off-the-shelf technology to trigger your camera and flash to capture events that occur at speeds up to 1/20,000 of a second!


© Jennifer Spelman
© Jennifer Spelman

Basics of Digital Photography
with Jennifer Spelman
May 21 - May 25

Grab control of your camera’s features and expand your creative photographic skills. Jennifer’s workshop is an exciting five days of mastering the basics of digital photography and cultivating your creativity.

© Gordon Osmundson
© Gordon Osmundson

Intensive: Adobe Photoshop for Black and White
with Gordon Osmundson
May 26 - May 28

Look to the old and learn the new, to give your black-and-white prints a beauty all their own. Gordon covers Bridge, Camera Raw, and Curves—Photoshop’s most powerful but least understood interpretive tool.

© Francesca Yorke
© Francesca Yorke

Intensive: Flowers Close Up
with Francesca Yorke
June 1 - June 3

Create unique, personal renditions of flowers and plants by moving in close and revealing detail. Francesca’s workshop is bound to inspire any and all interested in flowers, nature and the art of photography.
© Janice Wendt
© Janice Wendt

Nik Retouching Techniques: The Image Whisperer
with Janice Wendt
June 11 - June 15

Come learn to listen to your images, see what is possible in the final steps of image enhancement, and be energized and inspired by Janice, one of the industry’s most respected retouching and image enhancement artists.

See all upcoming workshops »

»Just Around the Corner: Summer 2012

Picture this: Our campus is abuzz with activity. In the studio and on location, today’s most influential photographers are instructing you. Your fellow participants are sharing ideas and inspiration. And your learning curve just ramped off the charts. It’s the Summer 2012 workshop season, Santa Fe-style. Here’s a quick snapshot of the first three weeks.

June 24 - June 29, 2012

Lighting Portraits on Location
with Alan M. Thornton

The Personal Photographic Image
with Cig Harvey

Alternative Photographic Processes
with Christopher James

The Portrait: Finding Your Voice
with Kurt Markus
The Color of Light
with Arthur Meyerson

In Search of Spirit: Its Land and People
with Chris Rainier

Basics of Digital Photography
with Jennifer Spelman

July 1 - July 6, 2012

The Surprising Portrait
with Chris Buck

Photographing People
with Cathy Maier Callanan
Finding Your Voice as a Photographer
with Michael Crouser

Wet Plate Collodion
with Christopher James

The National Geographic Assignment
with Jim Richardson

Advanced Multimedia Storytelling
with Bob Sacha

Seeing Light
with Carlan Tapp

July 8 - July 13, 2012

The Power of Light
with Tony Corbell

Crafting Dramatic Light on Location
with Syl Arena

Imagining Paradise
with Keith Carter

Advanced Alternative Processes: Projects
with Christopher James

Imagination and Dreams
with Elizabeth Opalenik

Eyes Wide Open
with Eddie Soloway           

Adobe Photoshop for Photographers
with Josh Withers

See all upcoming workshops »


© Cig Harvey, © Chris Rainier, © Kurt Markus, © Arthur Meyerson
© Cig Harvey, © Chris Rainier, © Kurt
Markus, © Arthur Meyerson

»News from Our Sponsors & Friends

BronImaging’s SHOOT LA, April 28

Join us in Los Angeles for BronImaging’s SHOOT LA, a professional photography forum at Smashbox Studios. The Workshops is sponsoring Andrew Southam's "The Fashion Portrait" lecture (a sneak preview of his upcoming The Fashion Portrait workshop), 11:45am - 1:15pm, Lecture Area 2.

SHOOT LA happens at Smashbox Studios, 1011 N Fuller Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046, April 28, 2012, 10:00am - 8:00pm. The event is free; you just have to register.

Full SHOOT LA details, schedule, and to register: www.shoot-la.com »


Image © Andrew Southam