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© Tricia Cronin, © Michael Crouser,
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There are certain cities in the world where the magic of place runs deeper, where the light is richer, where life feels more vibrant. Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, and Havana are three such places. Our Fall 2013 workshops and programs offer you unique opportunities to experience these intriguing places. Review all your options in our new catalog, available as a downloadable PDF from our web site.



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© Steve Stokan
© Steve Stokan, past participant ‘Visual Narratives” with Susan Burnstine, July 2013




















© Arthur Meyerson
© Arthur Meyerson















© Tania Vasallo
Help instill a passion for photography in the younger generation. Any parent or grandparent who attends a four-day or longer workshop in Santa Fe receives a $250 credit for their child or grandchild to attend during the same week.
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© Tania Vasallo

















© Zach Doleac
If you take two or more four-day or longer workshops in Santa Fe during the same calendar year, a $125 credit will be applied to the tuition of the second, and any subsequent, workshop(s).
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© Zach Doleac

















© Memphis Barbree
For 24 years, photographers of all levels have sought to learn from our world-renowned instructors. Now you can be earning college credit from Hastings College, too! Check individual workshop descriptions on our web site to see which workshops are available for credit.

© Memphis Barbree


















Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
505 . 983 . 1400


» October in San Miguel de Allende: Join Us!

© Holly Wilmeth, © Jennifer Spelman,
© Arthur Meyerson

The Huffington Post recently ran 10 Reasons Why People Fall in Love With San Miguel de Allende. We couldn’t agree more! Simultaneously continental and colonial, we guarantee you’ll be wowed, charmed, and infatuated with all that San Miguel has to offer photographers.

Join us this fall in San Miguel for a workshop and experience the culture, heritage, holidays, and fiestas of what is arguably Mexico’s prettiest, and friendliest, town.


October 13-18
Traveling Light, Lighting Well
with Joe McNally

Being detached from the "real world" in idyllic San Miguel, and studying with lighting guru Joe McNally, offers you enormous opportunities for experimentation and growth as a photographer.


October 13-18
The Color of Mexico
with Arthur Meyerson

San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place to explore photography and color, and Arthur guides and inspires you to see how to develop and refine your unique vision of the world.


October 20-25
Faces of Mexico: Environmental Portraiture
with Holly Wilmeth

Create portraits of people in their natural environments, and discover the vibrant culture and beauty of this colorful city, with San Miguel resident Holly Wilmeth as your guide.


October 27-November 1
The Portrait and the Nude
with Jock Sturges

Jock Struges rarely teaches workshops, so this week in colonial San Miguel is a unique opportunity to study with a contemporary master photographer.


October 27-November 1
Photographing the People and Culture of San Miguel de Allende
with Jennifer Spelman

Develop your skills in portraiture, landscape, and street photography on daily excursions led by seasoned San Miguel visitor Jennifer Spelman.


Over the last several years we have been keeping a close eye on travel advisories for Mexico. We feel totally safe in San Miguel, as will you, and we hope you will join us. For further information on travel to Mexico visit the Journey Mexico site.

See all upcoming San Miguel workshops »




»Cuba Cultural Exchanges: Not To Be Missed

© Clay Lipsky, © Dustin Sammann
© Clay Lipsky, © Dustin Sammann

Our Cuba people-to-people educational exchanges give you unparalleled access to the citizens and culture of Cuba, with opportunities to create shared exchanges that foster interaction and understanding.


November 5-13
Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Jennifer Spelman

Jennifer, a key member of the Cuba Cultural Exchange Program, leads you on a journey of exploring the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty. View work Jennifer has created in Cuba at www.jenniferspelman.com.

November 12-20

Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Norm and Jennifer Clasen

Join this father/daughter team—both seasoned travelers and accomplished photographers—and deepen your appreciation and understanding of this previously forbidden country.


December 3-11
Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Dustin Sammann

Dustin is fluent in Spanish and, having traveled to Cuba multiple times, he shares with you his intimate understanding of the people and culture of Cuba. View work Dustin has created in Cuba at www.dustinsammann.com.


Cuba provides not just another travel experience, but the chance to become richer in thought and spirit. With your camera as your passport, join us in discovering Cuba before this beguiling country changes forever.

See all upcoming Cuba Program offerings »


» Filter Photo Festival, Chicago

© Carrie McCarthy

With all Santa Fe has to offer photographers we do occasionally head down off the mountain! We’re thrilled to once again be sponsoring the dynamic Filter Photo Festival in Chicago.

Join Aline Smithson and Carrie McCarthy (our Marketing Director) for Self-Promotion: How to Start & When to Stop, Debbie Fleming Caffery for Sustaining Long-Term Photographic Projects, or sign yourself up for portfolio reviews. The inspiration is sure to be rampant!

September 25-29
2013 Filter Photo Festival, Chicago
Blake Hotel, 500 South Dearborn

View the 2013 Filter Photo Festival site to learn more »


» Fall Workshops in Santa Fe

Fall is the perfect season to re-commit and engage your passion for photography. In addition to nearly sold out workshops with veteran instructors Sam Abell, Mary Virginia Swanson, and Eddie Soloway we have photographic learning opportunities for everyone from beginners to pros, and with workshop lengths from two-and-a-half days to five. Need advice on the right workshop for you? Call us at (505) 983-1400 ext 11.

© George DeWolfe
© George DeWolfe

October 4-6
Intensive: Authenticity—The Process of Photographic Creativity
with George DeWolfe

This two-and-a-half day intensive starts you toward freedom from entrenched rules of composition, foundational technical problems, and unproductive behaviors. Looking for extended instruction with George? Consider staying for his Black-and-White Master Print workshop!

© George DeWolfe
© George DeWolfe

October 7-11
The Black-and-White Master Print
George DeWolfe

Join George and discover the perceptual and technical skills necessary to practice and create true presence in your prints.

© Michael Crouser
© Michael Crouser

October 14-18
Finding Your Voice as a Photographer

with Michael Crouser

With Michael as your guide, embark on the journey to developing and honing your own personal aesthetic—the point of view that is uniquely your own.

© Will Van Beckum
Mac OS Interface © Will Van Beckum

October 19-21
Intensive: Get the Most from Your Mac & Apple’s Mountain Lion Operating System
with Will Van Beckum

You’ll be surprised at how many timesaving features you’ll discover as Will reviews the Mac Mountain Lion 10.8 operating preferences and helpful shortcuts.

© Rick Allred
Lightroom Interface © Rick Allred

October 22-24
Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Organizing & Enhancing Your Images
with Rick Allred

Rick has a mission: streamlining your photographic workflow using Lightroom, to minimize your computer time and maximize the time you devote to your true passion—making new images.

© Tony Bonanno
© Tony Bonanno

October 22-27
White Sands: Capture to Print
with Tony Bonanno

In this combination field/lab workshop, Tony inspires you to capture the drama and beauty of One of the most scenic and dynamic landscapes of the American West.

© Will Van Beckum
© Will Van Beckum

October 28 - November 1
Basics of Digital Photography
with Will Van Beckum

Will encourages you to leap into the world of digital photography with this five-day exploration of composition, camera modes, and creativity.

And coming up in November workshops we have Restoring Old Photographs with Photoshop, Creating a Photo Book with Lightroom, Fine-Art Digital Printmaking, and the Basics of Digital Photography.

See All Upcoming Workshops »

»News from Our Sponsors & Friends

Nikon Photo Contest

Nikon Corporation has announced the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013. Congratulations to all the winners!

You can check out their photos here: