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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.



© Mary Costello, one of the top 100 images in our ANIMALS 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


















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»Spotlight on Our Cuba Team: Elizabeth Opalenik

© Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth Opalenik, one of the lead photographers with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ Cuba Program, has a passion for photographing dance as well as the “unique and authentic,” which has made Cuba a perfect fit for her talents. We talked with Elizabeth about her experiences so far. (You can read the full interview in our A Priority blog post.)

Q. As a photographer, you focus on dance. How did that play out in Cuba?

A. I love working with dance, the feeling, the movement of it. And Cubans love to move! The dancers [there] work under extreme conditions, working out in the streets, in little plazas. Dance is made accessible for everybody in Cuba. I love that. I went to a ballet school for young children and it was packed! All shapes and sizes, and everyone was so happy. On weekends you always see dance events happening in the street. People get out to enjoy it—adults, kids, teenagers with red lipstick and flowers in their hair, running to do a performance. It’s so exhilarating to watch them and be a part of that, to be part of more intimate moments rather than just being in an audience.

Join Elizabeth and The Workshops Cuba Team for Dance in Cuba, January 28-February 5, 2014, and discover for yourself all the magic, mystery, and joy of Cuba.


Register for Dance in Cuba »

Read the interview with Elizabeth Opalenik »

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»Look No Further: BACKYARD Photo Contest

As photographers, the world is your backyard, and our BACKYARD contest gives you this broad theme to make your own. What do you see as your backyard? The classic green lawn with sprinklers? The alleys and streets of your neighborhood or city? Or perhaps it’s the water’s edge, rolling fields, or towering skyscrapers? Wherever it is, it’s familiar, yet rich with discoveries and stories. This is your opportunity to share your impressions of your corner of the world, in color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from digital and film cameras to alternative processes, to iPhones.

Join our international community of photographers and share your images with our distinguished judges. The prizes are outstanding, the 50 winning images are featured in The Workshops online gallery, and the four winning images will be printed on the Epson printers in our state-of-the art digital lab and displayed in our on-campus Epson Gallery.

What are you waiting for? Just step out into your own backyard, and enter today! The deadline for BACKYARD is November 19, 2013.

Enter BACKYARD today »








»New York: Shoot NYC & PhotoPlus Expo

© Paul Mobley
© Paul Mobley

© David Johnson
© David Johnson

Next week we’re in New York, so 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! October in New York is all about photography and community, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

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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»Discover the Undiscovered: Granada, Nicaragua

© Carlan Tapp

Longtime instructor Carlan Tapp is leading a journey to Granada in February, 2014, and he 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

The New York Times describes Granada as “a city seemingly outside time…quietly emerging as the center of a Nicaraguan renaissance.” The Times also rated Nicaragua number 3 out of 46 destinations to go in 2013, saying of Nicaragua: "It's eco. And the food is good. Enough said." Read the full article here.

See Granada: Crown Jewel of Nicaragua details and register »


» 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 and discover why Condé Nast Traveler readers just voted Santa Fe the #2 city in the United States! Need advice on the right workshop for you? Call us at (505) 983-1400 ext 111.

© Will Van Beckum

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

Leap into the world of digital photography with this five-day exploration of composition, camera modes, and creativity; whether you’re brand new to photography or you just want to brush up on your digital chops, this workshop gives you the foundation you need.

© 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 tools and addresses topics such as editing images for a project, sequencing your images, and exploring different styles for laying out photos.


© 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

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.

Get Tickets for Michael “Nick” Nichols, October 22, Lensic Performing Arts Center »

© Michael "Nick" Nichols