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Online Newsletter for October 2007
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Photography Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops

Coming to a City Near You: PDN On The Road Seminar Series

Graphik Dimensions

Center Announces Teaching Award Winner

Educational Partner: HP

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2008 Winter/Spring Photography Workshops

Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in Mexico

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

The Workshops Store

Quote of the Month

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on Earth which can make them come back again."

—Henri Cartier-Bresson

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry is away teaching and speaking but wanted to remind everyone to check out last month's tip -- a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season and New Year. This simple, compact calendar is a great way to distribute 12 images to family, friends, and professional clients. First download and view the QuickTime movie that explains how to use the file.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Tom Hassler
© Tom Hassler, participant in Jay Maisel's "Color, Light, and Gesture" workshop, San Miguel de Allende, 2005

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News Shorts
» The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo 2007 is just around the corner. The Expo is considered to be the most comprehensive event in the photography & imaging industries (see further information below). The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops booth number is 1807. Please stop by and visit with us! See you in New York, October 18-20!

» The new Winter/Spring catalog of workshops available January-May, 2008 started reaching mailboxes last week. If you do not normally receive our catalog and would like to, please send us an email with your mailing address. The catalog is also available to download as a PDF.

» Photojournalist Paola Gianturco has published four books since taking the "Publishing the Photographic Book" workshop in Santa Fe with Sam Abell, Leah Bendavid-Val, and Mim Adkins in 1999. Her most recent, Women Who Light the Dark is now available from Powerhouse Books and from the Web site All of Gianturco's books are philanthropic projects, for which she donates her royalties to carefully-selected nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content. For Women Who Light the Dark, Gianturco is giving 100% of her author royalties to the Global Fund for Women, which advocates for and defends women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups. Paola is also scheduled to present a slide lecture and sign copies of the book in several U.S. cities during October.

Photography Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
© Ralph Lee Hopkins
© Ralph Lee Hopkins
The People and Culture of Colonial Mexico
with Ralph Lee Hopkins
November 4-10

Travel photography is currently experiencing a renaissance in the digital world, where the lines between creativity, art, and technology are disappearing, and digital photography offers more control and creative possibilities than ever before. This digital workshop explores the creative aspects of travel photography in and around the historic colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, a magical place of rich culture and vibrant colors.

We begin by reviewing such basics as shutter speed, depth of field, lens choice, fill-flash, and exposure using the histogram. We then venture “beyond the camera,” learning to be in the moment, recognizing and working with different qualities of light, and discovering new ways to compose images that capture the essence of place. Back in the classroom, the emphasis is on learning an efficient workflow for downloading, editing, and processing digital images in Photoshop.

Our week includes daily discussions, thoughtful critiques of the previous day’s work, and image presentations on creative and technical aspects of digital photography. Guided by Ralph and his assistant, we take excursions through San Miguel and into the surrounding countryside, with an emphasis on one-on-one instruction. Assignments encourage experimentation, and participants are challenged to expand their photographic skills and imagination by combining the elements of color and composition to produce pictures that have both visual and emotional impact.

© Robb Kendrick
© Robb Kendrick
Revealing Portraits
with Robb Kendrick
November 11-17

Creating revealing photographic portraits is a challenging and rewarding art, requiring the photographer both to know a particular subject and to have curiosity and compassion for people in general. Composition, light, and trust are also essential for a successful portrait.

We begin by viewing each other’s work and talking about goals. During the week we discuss the work of other photographers, the genre of portrait photography, the responsibility of photographers to their subjects, and ethics. We photograph people on two specially arranged field trips and during our wanderings through the vibrant streets of San Miguel de Allende. Daily group critiques focus on light, composition, and connectedness to the subject. Robb is also available for one-on-one critiques. He encourages pushing the envelope and making mistakes, for we only grow by moving into the unknown.

Robb recommends that participants limit their equipment so they can focus their time and effort on making photographs. Participants are also asked to do some advance research on Mexico and its culture to facilitate approaching and engaging people.
© Arthur Meyerson
© Arthur Meyerson

The Color of Mexico

with Arthur Meyerson
November 11-17

Mexico is an explosion of color, and San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place to explore photography and color. This workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers wishing to take their understanding and appreciation of color to a higher level.

Through daily photo assignments, critiques, and discussions, participants are encouraged to experiment and take chances. The main focus is on investigating light and color while working to establish your particular “visual fingerprint.” Arthur guides and inspires participants to see how their unique vision of the world can help to develop and refine an individual style, for personal enjoyment or commercial success.

The workshop begins with a review of each photographer’s images and a discussion of personal and career goals. In addition to addressing the aesthetics of color photography, Arthur leads group critiques and consults individually with each participant. Daily assignments put classroom techniques into practice as we take advantage of the incredible light and color of San Miguel. Participants leave at the end of the week with a more dynamic portfolio, a greater awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses, and an enhanced sensitivity to light and color.

To view the full calendar of workshops in San Miguel this fall, visit the Santa Fe Workshops Web site. Click on a course title to read a complete description and the instructor's biography.

PDN PhotoPlus
Be there as the rapidly changing world of photography and imaging comes into focus at PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo 2007. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an advanced amateur, PDN PhotoPlus International has the photographic education you need to strengthen your competitive advantage.

Catch a glimpse into the future of photography and imaging with 71 NEW sessions including:

How to Get Your Pictures Scene[SA2]
Saturday, 9:00am-11:00am
Moderator: Cathy Sachs
Panelists: Chris Bain, Mark Katzman, Sonia Wasco, & James West
Sponsored by ASPP & PACA

This panel will discuss the challenges facing today’s photographers when it comes to marketing an inventory of images. Which strategies work best to get your images in front of a buyer? What professional affiliations are helpful? Can a photographer successfully sell from their own Web site, or do buyers generally go to agencies and stock portals instead? Other topics will include new, emerging technologies that will help assist both buyer and seller in the stock photography marketplace. All Levels.

Register online today at

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops
© Joel Lipovetsky
© Joel Lipovetsky
Photoshop: The Next Step
November 5-9
with Joel Lipovetsky

If you have attended any of our beginning level Photoshop workshops, or have a basic level of proficiency in Photoshop, you are ready for the next level of our Photoshop program. This is a workshop for photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, artists, photo lab technicians, educators, and all others who have mastered the fundamentals of Photoshop and are interested in advancing their professional and personal imaging work with guidance and inspiration from our staff.

The focus of the week is on developing a greater understanding of current advances in this powerful imaging application program. Anyone wishing to develop a greater understanding of current imaging possibilities, enhance creative potential, and improve productivity is encouraged to take this workshop.

Please visit the Web site for complete details, instructor biographies, fees, and equipment requirements. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400.

© Arduina Caponigro
© Arduina Caponigro
Digital Printmaking
November 12-16
with Arduina Caponigro

Based on the principle that sophisticated doesn't have to mean complicated, the goal of this workshop is to make the digital printing process as clear as possible, so that you can spend more time making images.Topics explored include how to manage color correctly and easily, and how to acquire images (scanning film or processing Raw files with Camera Raw) precisely and efficiently.

We cover all the bases, including the best way to convert color to black and white, the best way to print it, and the best way to sharpen, as well as simple layering techniques. Participants learn everything they need to know to successfully navigate printer software and make the most of their work in print.

Please visit the Web site for complete details, instructor biographies, fees, and a link to the daily schedule and equipment requirements. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400.

Coming to a City Near You: PDN On The Road Seminar Series
© Doug Menuez
© Doug Menuez
PDN and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops are pleased to present the PDN On The Road seminar series for professional photographers in the following cities during 2007: Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Making money and saving time are critical!
Find solutions and alternatives for this changing and intensely competitive market. A line up of impressive guest speakers scheduled for each seminar will include leading industry professionals and high profile photographers. The seminar will also include valuable hand-outs, lunch and a special reception on Monday night. The reception will provide you with an opportunity to network with speakers and specially invited photo professionals who can provide you with insight on their jobs and feedback on your work. You will get a chance to mingle with art buyers, photo editors, art directors, stock distributors and photography reps and get valuable guidance that may make a difference in your career.
PDN on the Road

Visit the PDN On The Road Web site for complete details and the online registration form.

Graphik Dimensions
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Center Announces Teaching Award Winner
© Joan Dooley
Trinity, Rome © Joan Dooley

Joan Dooley Receives 2007 Teaching Award From Center

Center is pleased to announce Joan Dooley, photography teacher at Bell High School Humanitas Academy in Los Angeles, California, as this year's winner of the Patron Saint Award. This award recognizes and rewards a high school, college or post-graduate level educator for their dedication and passion for photographic teaching. Since its inception in 1997, Center has awarded more than $27,000 to outstanding photography teachers.

Honorable mention goes to Jeffrey Curto, head of photography at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. To read Joan Dooley and Jeff Curto's compelling teaching statements and to view their photography click here.

Go to for additional information on additional programs offered by Center.


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