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© Tricia Cronin, © Michael Crouser,
© Annette Burke

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.




© Sheryl Hess
© Sheryl Hess, Honorable Mention in our OUTSIDE photo contest














© Kip Brundage
© Kip Brundage
















© 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
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»Spotlight on Our Cuba Team: Dustin Sammann

© Dustin Sammann
© Dustin Sammann

Dustin Sammann is a key member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Program. He is fluent in Spanish and, having spent almost three months out of the last year in Cuba, he has an intimate understanding of and love for the country. We talked with Dustin about his experiences so far. (You can read the full interview in our A Priority blog post.)

Q. How have you seen people in your groups react to the experience of Cuba?

A. Great question. What I see is what happened to me when I first went there. Cuba is so visually stimulating and at first you’re totally overwhelmed. It’s fresh and strange, yet familiar at the same time. At first participants photograph everything; they want to capture it all, then they start to work with the rhythm of Cuba. And when they get that rhythm, their work really starts succeeding. It’s only a week, but it’s enough access that Cuba won’t leave you alone. In the best possible way I see folks having far more questions when they leave than when they arrived.

Join Dustin and The Workshops Cuba Team for Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba, December 3-11, and discover for yourself all the magic, mystery, and joy of Cuba.

And be sure to check our newly added trip dates for January and February 2014. More programs will be added soon.


Register for Seeing Cuba »

Read the interview with Dustin Sammann »

See all upcoming Cuba Programs »







»San Miguel Here We Come!

© Holly Wilmeth, © Jennifer Spelman, 
© Arthur Meyerson
© Holly Wilmeth, © Jennifer Spelman,
© Arthur Meyerson

Renie and Anne have packed their bags (and projectors, and welcome packets, and helpful Spanish phrases for photographers) and are on their way to San Miguel for our 11th season of San Miguel workshops.

Old friends await their arrival, and yours, and the San Miguel community is once again opening its welcoming arms to photographers eager to explore this warm and photogenic little city. Join us this October and experience the wonders of San Miguel de Allende with once-in-a-lifetime workshops:


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


October 13-18
The Color of Mexico
with Arthur Meyerson


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


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


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


AIRFARE ALERT! It's not too late to join us in San Miguel! We recently noticed prices going down on flights into Leon (BJX), Queretaro (QRO) and Mexico City (MEX). Shuttles are available from all three airports to San Miguel.

See all upcoming San Miguel workshops »











»Journey to Granada, Nicaragua

© Carlan Tapp
© Carlan Tapp

We’re thrilled to look ahead to 2014 and announce that longtime instructor Carlan Tapp is leading a journey to Granada in February. Carlan has crafted an experience that offers you an authentic cultural experience, one that will not only transform your photography but will also make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Granada: Crown Jewel of Nicaragua
with Carlan Tapp, Morgan Smith, and Susan Boe
February 15-22, 2014


See Granada details and register »







»New York: Shoot NYC & PhotoPlus Expo

© Paul Mobley
© Paul Mobley

© David Johnson
© David Johnson

October in New York is all about photography and community, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Keep your eyes peeled for us at PhotoPlus Expo (no booth, but we’ll be walking the show) and visit with us at Shoot NYC. We’re sponsoring seminars at both of these dynamic events. Register soon, before they’re sold out!

Shoot NYC
Thursday, October 24
Capturing the Soul of Your Subject
with Paul Mobley

A gifted storyteller and skilled technician, Paul discusses the stories behind his images, shares his lighting techniques and provides insight on what it takes to make an impactful and compelling portrait.

Register Now for Shoot NYC »



PhotoPlus Expo
Friday, October 25
The 5-Minute Portrait
with David Johnson

Any photo assignment, regardless of limitations, has the potential to be a great one. As David knows so well: to get the most out of any assignment, you simply need to have a greater understanding of the possible challenges it might present.

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» Fall Workshops in Santa Fe

Fall at 7,000 feet. Crisp air, perfect light, and the camaraderie of fellow photographers. Sound like photo heaven? It is, so join us! Need advice on the right workshop for you? Call us at (505) 983-1400 ext 111.

© Rick Allred
Lightroom Interface © Rick Allred

November 8-10
Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Creating a Photo Book
with Rick Allred

Looking for a beautiful way to present and share your photography? Rick leads you through Lightroom’s Book Module and addresses topics such as sequencing your images and exploring different layout styles.

© Tony Bonanno
© Tony Bonanno

November 11-15
Fine-Art Digital Printmaking
with Tony Bonanno

Join Tony as he shares his expert knowledge, first on location in the scenic autumn beauty of Northern New Mexico, then in The Workshops state-of-the-art digital lab as you process and print your images using Epson printers, inks, and papers.

© Rick Allred
© Rick Allred

November 18-22
Basics of Digital Photography

with Rick Allred

Take that joyous first step into your future as a digital photographer. Rick creates a fun atmosphere for learning the technical processes of digital photography as you explore shutter speeds, apertures, and shooting modes.

© Scott Frier
© Scott Frier

December 1-6
The Birds of Bosque Del Apache: Capture to Print
with Scott Frier

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Artic Snow Geese and a wide variety of other birds—from photographing some of America’s most spectacular wildlife to the production of high quality prints, Scott takes you through the entire digital photography creative process.

© Rick Allred
© Rick Allred

December 9-13
Digital Workflow Essentials: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
with Rick Allred

In this five-day workshop Rick combines field sessions to create new images with classroom time in The Workshops state-of-the-art digital lab. Our goal is to streamline our photographic workflow!


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»News from Our Sponsors & Friends

Nikon School 2013-2014

Take your photography to new heights… whatever your level of experience and with whatever camera brand you shoot. We hide a lot of the tech talk in the creative fun part. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the digital photography process from shooting to editing to sharing photos.

Visit www.nikonschool.com for more about taking a great photo »


Nick Nichols Lecture Series

Join National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols on October 22 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe for Lions, Elephants & Giants: Trials, Tragedies, Triumphs. Nichols will speak about his new book, Earth to Sky: Among Africa’s Elephants, a Species in Crisis, his recent work with the Serengeti lions, and his work on sequoias, for which Nichols used innovative techniques to create an image of a 250-foot-tall, 3,200-year-old tree. For other tour dates and location click here.

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© Michael "Nick" Nichols