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Online Newsletter for May 2008
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Featured Summer Photography Workshops

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe

On-the-Road:Olympic National Park

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

Educational Partner: Calumet

Center: Call for Entries

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Quote of the Month

“The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting. ”

—Andre Kertesz

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month's digital tip describes how to select and blend with Adobe Photoshop to create dramatic skies within your images. Download the Quicktime movie.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Robert Day
© Robert Day, participant in the "Your Future in Stock Photography" workshop with Patrick Donehue, February 2008.

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News Shorts
» By popular demand, an additional session of Lighting Portraits on Location with Alan M. Thornton has been added to the summer schedule June 29-July 5. This workshop is for photographers with little or no lighting experience who wish to improve their understanding and use of lighting techniques. Register online or call us at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

» Have you visited the Santa Fe Workshops Blog recently? We've been blogging lately to give you some of the latest news about staff and former staff, as well as news and tips from workshop instructors. We hope you'll visit often and encourage you to subscribe to receive update feeds through RSS.

» Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Don't forget that registrants before July 1 will be give a $100 discount off the package price of each workshop they register for. Call The Workshops if you have any questions or if you would like to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Summer Photography Workshops
© Jennifer Davidson
© Jennifer Davidson
The Photographer's Eye
with Jennifer Davidson
June 29-July 5

This workshop examines how we can use the camera to better capture what we hold in the mind’s eye. We identify the predominant features that all images have in common and explore how great images use them most effectively. We look at work by historical and contemporary photographers and examine the choices they made. We also discuss each other's work, looking for patterns in the way we see as individuals. Through daily assignments and critiques, we practice fine-tuning and expanding our vision. Participants are encouraged to use their cameras in new ways to capture what the mind envisions while exploring a variety of unique locations and subjects in and around Santa Fe.

Jennifer Davidson, a freelance photographer based in Santa Fe, uses her camera to convey emotion in portraits and images documenting life in the West and Mexico. Jennifer has worked with some of the country’s foremost photographers, including Keith Carter, Platon, Norman Jean Roy, and Joyce Tenneson at The Workshops and has served as a co-instructor with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Expeditions.

For further details, including information on tuition and other fees, click HERE or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© Renie Haiduk
©Renie Haiduk
Natural Light Portraits
with Renie Haiduk
July 6-12

This workshop is based on the concept that a great portrait, like a mirror, reflects a spark of self-recognition between the subject and photographer — a moment when both realize their inherent human connection. Our focus throughout the week is on developing the ability to see the quality of natural light in the environment and to combine that with the “light” that emanates from our subject. This joining of light helps us to experience the unique relationship we develop with our subjects, and to understand the impact of both personalities on the process and the product. By exploring the invaluable exchange between photographer and subject, we transcend the limitations of the traditional portrait.

Renie Haiduk has been associated with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for 14 years and is now Director of Operations for The Workshops in both Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has assisted and photographed alongside the best- known contemporary black-and-white photographers, including Keith Carter, Elizabeth Opalenik, Rodney Smith, and Joyce Tenneson. Renie’s photography is an expressive interpretation of her subject, whether landscape or a loved one.

To read more about Renie's workshop, visit Natural Light Portraits. Register online or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© Sherry Conrads
© Sherry Conrads
Learning to See Photographically
with Sherry Conrads
July 6-12

This workshop is about capturing ideas and emotions photographically by exploiting the gap between what we see and what the camera is able to record. Participants learn to anticipate how color, form, and size are recorded photographically and practice techniques for overcoming photography’s limited tonal range. We explore using depth cues so that our images become more three-dimensional, and apply the Gestalt Laws of similarity, proximity, continuity, and figure/ground to better convey our ideas in our photographs. Other topics covered include techniques for directing the viewer’s attention; making use of optical illusions; and applying human psychology to create compositions that express our ideas.

Participants learn how to avoid many photographic pitfalls and how to take advantage of the differences between visual and photographic systems to create more powerful images.

Sherry Conrads is an award-winning photographer, teacher, and writer. Her fine-art photographs are in the collections of numerous corporations, educational institutions, and private individuals. Sherry has worked on photography-based projects for such nonprofits as the Global Fund for Children, Salaam Baalak Trust, and NEED.

See more about Sherry's workshop by clicking Learning to See Photographically. You can register online or call the office at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe

© John Canfield
Digital Printmaking
with John Canfield
June 15 - June 21, 2008

Capturing an image is only the beginning of the photographic process. One of the biggest challenges facing digital photographers is producing quality prints from their images. The goal of this workshop is to make the digital printing process as clear as possible and to achieve the prints we envision.

Led by Jon Canfield, a writer/photographer specializing in Raw image processing, color management, and printmaking, this workshop provides all the intermediate Photoshop user needs to know about preparing your images for print. Topics include:
• acquiring images precisely and efficiently
• managing color correctly and easily
• converting from color to black and white, and
• choosing the best printer-driver options and when to use a RIP

Visit the Web site for complete details including equipment requirements, Jon's biography, and fees. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext 11.

On-the-Road: Olympic National Park
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© David Middleton

Olympic National Park Workshop

with David Middleton
May 17-21, 2008

Join professional outdoor photographer David Middleton on the road in beautiful Olympic National Park. After more than two decades of teaching workshops in Olympic National Park, David knows the best photography and teaching locations and the best time of day to visit each one. Daily classroom sessions include discussions of many aspects of photography as well as demonstrations and critiques.

Olympic National Park, in the far northwest corner of Washington State, is a place of astounding beauty. Late May is the perfect time to photograph in the park, before the summer crowds arrive, and the forests are incredibly green and practically oozing with life.

Visit our Web site to read more about this on-the-road workshop and David Middleton. To register, call The Workshops at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Look3 Festival of the Photograph

Please join us for the second annual LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, June 12 -14 in beautiful Charlottesville, VA.

Be part of 3 days of peace, love, and photography as we transform historic downtown Charlottesville into a "living image" and celebrate the careers of three legendary photographers: Mary Ellen Mark, Joel-Peter Witkin and James Nachtwey. These three seminal photographers will each create a special gallery exhibit for LOOK3 and then individually share the stage at the historic Paramount Theater with NPR's Alex Chadwick to discuss their lifetime of work.

Please visit for full details about the Festival.

The Festival will showcase the work of many of the world's most celebrated photographers and exciting new artists, with images ranging from the fields of photojournalism to fine art. With 3 packed days of exhibitions, outdoor projections, master presentations, film screenings, on-stage interviews and special events, LOOK3 creates the perfect setting to share ideas and be inspired.

Attendees will be surrounded by photography: in the trees, projected in storefront windows, on the sides of buildings, and in all the galleries. And the popular "YourSpace" exhibit will be back so that everyone can print and hang their own work for display.

For more information and to buy festival passes visit

Educational Partner: Calumet

To complement your Santa Fe experience, we continue to expand our Imagemakers DVD series at Calumet so that you can bring some truly great photo educators into your home.

Lighting maven and Santa Fe favorite, Bobbi Lane takes the spotlight in our Portrait Lighting Techniques and Portraits Unplugged DVDs. Focused on the studio, Portrait Lighting Techniques presents the various tools of controlled lighting, demonstrating how to use them and what effects can be achieved. In Portraits Unplugged, Lane forgoes strobe lighting in favor of the sun. You’ll learn to harness natural light to work for you. The DVDs can be purchased individually or as a pair for special savings and an all-inclusive lesson on manipulating light.

Our most recent addition to the series is The Essence of Photography with John Upton. The photographer behind the seminal textbook Photography, Upton imparts comprehensive wisdom on the theory, history and practice of photography. This DVD gives you a unique window on Upton’s studied passion for the art form, providing a guiding perspective for your own shooting.

Calumet’s Imagemakers video series can serve as both a visual reference and inspiration for your work. And in DVD form they’re never too far.

Check out the current line-up »

Center: Call for Entries
© Joan Dooley
© Joan Dooley, 2007 Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award winner

The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award, honors high school, college and postgraduate teacher's dedication. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible, including fine art, documentary, history and criticism.

Teachers in all areas of photographic education are welcomed to apply.

$2,500 award and Complimentary Participation in Review LA


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