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Online Newsletter for December 2008
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

20th Anniversary Calendar is on the Press!

Your Photoshop New Year's Resolution

New Books Available Just in Time for the Holidays

Educational Partner: HP

December Special from Graphik Dimensions Ltd.

Center News: Call for Entries

On-the-Road Workshop: Tuscany

National Geographic Traveler Seminars

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Winter/Spring 2009 Catalog (PDF)

The Workshops Blog

Photography Workshops

Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in Mexico

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

The Workshops Store

Quote of the Month

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”

—Ansel Adams

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month, Jerry provides a quick look at the NEW Photoshop CS4 Adjustment layer feature [download the Quicktime Movie 12MB].

Also remember that Jerry's new book Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop is available from Peachpit Press and you can receive a 35% discount by entering code SANTAFE during checkout. Plus, U.S. customers get free shipping!

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© John Gariti
© John Gariti, participant in the "Deeper into Landscape" workshop with Linde Waidhofer

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News Shorts
» Scholarship Deadline Extended
The deadline for submitting scholarship applications for week-long workshops in Santa Fe between January and May, 2009 has been extended to Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Notification will be January 6, 2009. Four $1000 scholarships are available. View all the details on our Web site.

» Gift Certificates Available
Surprise your favorite photographer with a gift to The Workshops. Whether it's a gift certificate towards a photograpjy workshop in Santa Fe, a credit towards a unique item in our store, or a special one-on-one session with a master photographer, we can customize the gift of your choosing. Gift certificates are available for any amount and can be purchased by calling (505) 983-1400, ext. 11. Please call before December 19, 2008 to insure timely delivery.

» Photography Mentorships
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to work with a mentor to expand your photographic knowledge and skills and to refine your photographic personality. In January 2009, The Workshops launches the new Photo Mentor program with twelve-month, six-month, and single-session mentorships, The Internet makes it possible to engage in this mentorship program long-distance, from the comfort of your home. We're excited to confirm the following mentors: Sam Abell, George DeWolfe, Patrick Donehue, Bobbi Lane, Arthur Meyerson, David Middleton, Elizabeth Opalenik, Eddie Soloway, Mary Virginia Swanson, Alan Thornton, John Weiss, and Nevada Wier. Watch for complete details in the January e-newsletter.

20th Anniversary Calendar is on the Press!
© Page Bertelsen
20th Anniversary Calendar Cover © Page Bertelsen
The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops honors our 20 year milestone with a 20-month calendar, spanning January 2009 through August 2010. We are proud to showcase such a wonderful collection of photos made by workshop participants and staff in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende. The images have been selected from the following contributors:
Page Bertelsen
Tim Berg
Rosa Calderon
Roy Carter
Isabella Clement
William Cole
Kendrick Disch
Mike Donnor
Clay Ellis
William Enos
Viginia Catherine Fairchild
John Gariti
Kim Karpeles
Rod Mahaffey
Dinah McNew
Ward Russell
JoAnn Smith
Ellen Zachos
Calendar sales will occur through a secure process on our web site and will offer different shipping options. For each $20 calendar purchased, The Workshops will contribute $5 to the Scholarship Fund.

Stay tuned for a special email in the next 10 days announcing the sale of the limited edition Santa Fe Photographic Workshops 20th Anniversary Calendar.

Your Photoshop New Year's Resolution

© Rick Allred
Kick off 2009 with Photoshop CS4! Our digital lab workshops in January provide a great foundation for a Photoshop filled year.

Beginning Adobe Photoshop
with Rick Allred
January 5 - January 9, 2009

This five-day introduction to the concepts, language, and tools of Adobe Photoshop CS4 is one of our most popular workshops. Participants master the basics of navigation, selection tools, copy and paste functions, image adjustment tools, layers and photo compositing, and filters for interesting visual effects. Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on application, we explore image adjustment and retouching techniques. We also investigate resolution as it relates to images originating from scanners and digital cameras. If you are a beginner or a self-taught user, this workshop provides a foundation from which to build your confidence in using this powerful image-processing software.

Adobe Photoshop: The Next Step
with Stephen Yadzinski
January 12 - January 16, 2009

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. The workshop content reflects what participants have told us they wanted to learn next in Photoshop, including proven techniques, tricks, creative ideas, and timesaving tips that can double productivity. 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 Digital Printmaking Intensive
with Jerry Courvoisier
January 23 - January 25, 2009

This intensive two-and-a-half-day, hands-on workshop compresses and streamlines the digital printmaking process. Jerry guides participants as they discover how to craft images to perfection with Adobe Photoshop and HP printers, developing an in-depth understanding of managing color accurately and achieving smooth, subtle transitions when creating fine-art quality prints.

© Marcia Reifman
Creative Adobe Photoshop
with Marcia Reifman
January 26 - January 30, 2009

It’s time to take your Photoshop skills to a new level of expression. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to let their ideas blossom through the power of Photoshop tools and techniques. Working with scanned or digital images, as well as new images made during the week, we learn how to create a desired mood using tonal, color, and lighting adjustments combined with layer and channel masks. Marcia works closely with each participant, helping them develop personal imagination and expression, discover new directions, and generate ideas.

New Books Available Just in Time for the Holidays
Thomas Barrow, Kristin Barendsen, Stuart Ashman
September, 2008

320-page book with over 200 photographs
12” x 12” book with deluxe slipcase

New Mexico boasts a rich legacy of photography. For decades, artists including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston have captured the light and mystique of the desert landscape, while dozens of acclaimed photographers have participated in the renowned photography program at the University of New Mexico. This lavishly produced book showcases the work of twenty-five contemporary photographers who have strong ties to New Mexico. Noted photographer Thomas Barrow has chosen two hundred images which represent the state of photography, both in New Mexico and in the art world today. Stuart Ashman places the artists in context with historical figures such as Minor White and Eliot Porter. Thomas Barrow discusses how he chose the photographs and what gives New Mexico its unique status in American photography. Kristin Barendsen profiles the photographers and their work, illuminating their distinctive approaches to technique and content.

Limited Edition
Limited to 8 signed prints by each artist (shown in small photos): William Clift, Jo Whaley, Patrick Nagatani, Joan Myers and Gay Block accompanied by an autographed book presented in an exquisite clamshell.

From Left:
WILLIAM CLIFT  Apple Tree, Ladder, 1985  Inkjet print, 11 x 17”  ($1000)
JO WHALEY  Harvest the Fall, 1992  Pigment inkjet print, 22 x 17”  ($750)                                  
PATRICK NAGATANI  Ryoichi / Nagatani Excavations   BMW, Chetro Ketl Kiva, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, U.S.A., 1997/1998  Ilfochrome print, 14 ½ x 19 ½”  ($750)
JOAN MYERS  Coal-Fired Plant (Geronimo, New Mexico), 1999  Epson K3 print on Cranes Photo Rag paper, 11 ½ x 22”  ($750)
GAY BLOCK  Susan Rosenthal, 1981 / Susan Rosenthal Schwartz, 2006  Pigment inkjet print, 15 ½ x 19 ½” each (2-print set $2500)

To order: Contact Fresco Fine Art Publications;;

© Rodney Smith
Alan leaping from 515 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1999 © Rodney Smith
The End is Near
From his ultra plush pleasure pad in hyper-exclusive Snedens Landing, New York, the reclusive genius photographer Rodney Smith has spent the last two years directing his army of graphic designers and master printmakers in the production of The End (Is Just the Beginning). It is destined to be the photography book of the season.

Over 100 beautifully printed images in a book, or should we say, tome, whose physical dimensions (a whopping sixteen-by-twenty inches) were carefully calibrated to reflect the Gravity of its Subject Matter. This preposterously highly-produced book is a treasure for any serious collector and makes a stunning addition to any home or library. It should only be handled while wearing White Gloves. An unparalleled artistic masterpiece, this book is being produced as a Very Limited Edition of 1,000 copies. Its value will only increase with time, making it a prudent investment in these tricky financial times. Mr. Smith is offering The End at a pre-publication price for a limited time only.  To learn more, please visit or call (845) 359-3814.

Educational Partner: HP

Get up to $1,000 cash back* when you upgrade to a new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer!

With the HP Designjet Cash In & Trade Up promotion, you can get up to $1,000 cash back* when you upgrade from your eligible old product and purchase or lease a new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, and submit the online claim form by January 31, 2009.

And now you have the option of either keeping OR trading in your eligible old HP or non-HP large-format product—you just need to show proof that you currently own an eligible product.

Take advantage today! For more details, please visit

*U.S. residents only. Cash back provided by mail-in rebate available for eligible purchases made November 1, 2008–January 31, 2009. Additional restrictions apply. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. For qualifying product options, terms and conditions, and claim form, visit

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Center News: Call for Entries
© Hiroshi Watanabe, 2008 Project Competition winner
Center announces a call for entries for the Project Competition, Singular Image awards and Review Santa Fe.  Prizes include $5,000 cash award, an exhibition at the Photographic Center Northwest, a week-long workshop at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and much more.

The entry deadline for our photographic trinity is January 23, 2009.
For information about the jurors, prizes, and submission guidelines go to:

Singular Image awards
The Singular Image recognizes outstanding individual photographs in three categories: The Curator’s Choice; The Editor’s Choice
and The Publisher’s Choice awards.

Project Competition
The Project Competition honors documentary projects and fine-art series.

Review Santa Fe
Event:  June 4-6, 2009
Review Santa Fe is a juried portfolio review event for photographers who have created a significant project or series and are seeking wider recognition.

For information about prizes and submission guidelines go to:

On-the-Road Workshop: Tuscany
© Jacque Steedle
The Heart and Soul of Tuscany with John Weiss
A Photographic and Cultural Expedition
May 12-22, 2009 with Venice Extension May 22-27

Ah, Florence!  The city where the Renaissance began. We will explore its streets, piazzas, and great works of art and architecture. John will take you to premier photographic locations to capture the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Corridor, Michelangelo’s David, and the Duomo. This tour includes a special one day excursion to Pisa, via train, to photograph the famous Piazza dei Miracole – the leaning Tower of Pisa.

A short drive from Florence transports us into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The region has large areas of woodlands, interspersed with vineyards and dotted with medieval towns high on hills and ridges. The quality of light here has inspired generations of artists. Among our destinations are Siena, San Gimignano, and Panzano.

Venice provides an exotic blend of Gothic, Byzantine and Renaissance styles, seen today as it did in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Everywhere there is water, shaping and reflecting the life of the city. It is a photographer’s paradise and we’ll spend in-depth time exploring the city with our cameras.

Group size is limited to 12.  Land cost in Florence is $4795, $2295 Venice Extension (Possible credit if current exchange rate prevails at time of departure).  For complete information, please contact Strabo International Tour Company at (607) 756-8676, or call John Weiss at (410) 392-2929. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity from the Santa Fe Workshops.

National Geographic Traveler Seminars
© Jim Richardson
Putting the WOW in Your Nature & Outdoor Photography
with National Geographic Traveler photographer Michael Melford and well-known nature photographer and lecturer Eddie Soloway
• Denver, CO, February 22, 2009
• Seattle, March 1, 2009
• New York, NY, May 3, 2009
• San Diego, CA, May 17, 2009

Click here for more information
and online registration.

The Versatile Travel Photographer

with National Geographic Traveler
photographers Ralph Lee Hopkins and Bob Krist
• Washington, D.C., January 11, 2009
• Los Angeles, CA, January 18, 2009
• Chicago, IL, January 25, 2009
• Kansas City, KS, February 7, 2009

Click here for more information and online registration.

A Passion for Travel: Photos That Tell the Story
with National Geographic Traveler photographers Jim Richardson and Catherine Karnow
• Houston, TX, March 1, 2009
• St. Petersburg, FL, March 15, 2009
• San Francisco, CA, March 28, 2009
• Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2009

Click here for more information and online registration.

If you have questions, please email or call 505-983-1400, ext. 11.

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