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Online Newsletter for February 2009
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Invest in Your Future—Photography Mentorships

On-the-Road Workshops

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops

Special Workshop Offerings from Greg Gorman

Educational Partner: HP

Discount Offer from

National Geographic Traveler Seminars

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Winter/Spring 2009 Catalog (PDF)

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Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in San Miguel de Allende

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

The Workshops Store

Quote of the Month

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”

—Ernst Haas

Get Your 20th Anniversary Calendar Now!
© Page Bertelsen
20th Anniversary Calendar Cover
© Page Bertelsen

Keep track of dates while you support the Scholarship Fund. In honor of our 20th anniversary in 2009, we present a 20-month calendar spanning January 2009 through August 2010. The Workshops will donate $5 for every calendar sale to the Scholarship Fund. We are proud to showcase a wonderful collection of images made by workshop participants and staff in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende.

Each month includes holiday information for the U.S. and Mexico, as well as useful highlights for photographers:
* Solstices and equinoxes
* Full and new moons
* Famous photographer birthdates
* Season start dates for the Workshops

Buy your limited edition calendar online now!

Participant Image of the Month
© David Morris Cunningham
© David Morris Cunningham, participant in Doug Beasley's "Zen and the Art of Photography" workshop, winter 2008

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News Shorts

© Norman Mauskopf
» Norman Mauskopf Featured in B&W Magazine
Veteran Workshops instructor Norman Mauskopf is currently featured in the Spotlight section of B&W Magazine. The article provides a peek into Norman's past and his future, including a mention of his forthcoming book, Descendants, an examination of the Hispanic communities of northern New Mexico. As stated in the article, "To describe the work of Norman Mauskopf simply as documentation is to understate the depth of insight and understanding he brings to his photo projects." Norman is scheduled to teach his Visual Storytelling workshop, March 15-21.

» New Staff Arrives for Winter/Spring Season
The seasonal staff for our winter season arrived on Monday to a blanket of snow. What a welcome! The Workshops is pleased to have back Karen Lenz, Lauren Devon, and Alyssa Bowers. Also joining the crew are Jenny Trest, Alex Stepanov, Elliott Hauser, and Daniel Long.

The Workshops would also like to announce the addition of Chelsea Freeman to the staff as Store Assistant. Chelsea worked seasonally for us in the past.

» Added Workshop: Photoshop Retouching Intensive—March 4-6
A last-minute addition to our winter schedule is this 3-day, hands-on workshop with Steve Yadzinski in our digital lab.  All aspects of photographic retouching are covered; basic Photoshop skills are required. Call the Workshops for full details - (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Invest in Your Future—Photography Mentorships
Last month, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops began offering the unique opportunity of working with a mentor to expand your photographic knowledge and skills, and to refine your photographic personality. A number of you have already begun working with a mentor—an individual who is there to guide and support your dreams and aspirations as a photographer.

The Photography Mentorships program offers three options. In the first, you build a customized, long-distance, year-long mentor relationship with one of 12 veteran photography workshop instructors. This program includes 17 sessions with your mentor.  The second option is a six-month mentorship that includes eight mentor sessions. The third option allows for single sessions of 60 minutes each, communicating with a mentor by phone and online.

© Elizabeth Opalenik
© Eliz
abeth Opalenik

© Tom Antos
Featured this month is mentor Elizabeth Opalenik. As a mentor, Elizabeth's intent is to help students find excitement in their images and rekindle the passion that started them down the road of photography. A self-described cheerleader, she works with students to set goals so that they can move forward with the next step. She uses conversations, exercises, critiques, and even personal visits, and encourages the adoption of a “what if?” attitude that encourages photographers to view their subjects from many directions.

View complete details on this new program and biographies from our photography mentors.

On-the-Road Workshops

© Jacque Steedle
The Heart and Soul of Tuscany: A Photographic and Cultural Expedition with John Weiss
May 12-22 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 –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). 

© John Weiss
© John Weiss
Mystery of Morocco: A Photographic and Cultural Adventure with John Weiss
April 14-26

Join workshop leader, John Weiss, for this incredible cultural and photographic opportunity. Morocco is a beautiful country filled with friendly people. We enjoy a cordial welcome in this land with its irresistible allure and warm hospitality. Destinations include Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes. This amazing tour has been very popular over the years and there are only two spaces left on this departure.

For complete information on either of the above trips, 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 Photographic Workshops.

© Raul Touzon
© Raul Touzon
Easter Week in the Heartland of Mexico with Raul Touzon
April 6-13

Mexico is a photographer’s paradise during Easter week. This seven-day digital workshop with Raul Touzon—now in its fifth year—takes full advantage of the many extraordinary sights and delights of Holy Week in colonial Mexico. With Raul’s guidance and unparalleled access, we photograph the amazing Holy Week events in the beautiful colonial mountain towns of San Miguel de Allende, Ixtla, and Queretaro.

Mornings are devoted to reviews and critiques of images made the previous day, as well as lectures on digital camera settings, accurate metering and exposure, composition rules, creative use of light: mixing different light sources, creative flash techniques as well as editing, sequencing and story development.

Visit our web site to read more about this wonderful opportunity. Call the Workshops to register at 505-983-1400, ext. 11.

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops

© David Saffir
Fine-Art Digital Printmaking
Jack Duganne and David Saffir
March 15-21

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.

Exploring the Photographic Narrative with New Visual Media
Carlan Tapp
March 22-28

The Digital Age of today presents exciting opportunities for a photographer to take viewers places they did not expect to go, while the web offers photographers a venue to create compelling viewer experiences. Telling a story with photographs is not new. The evolution of digital media, however, has opened up new ways to share a narrative, personal story, or documentary project. This workshop is for those wishing to use these new media techniques and technologies to tell their stories.

Register online or call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Special Workshop Offerings from Greg Gorman
Calumet Genesis
© Joe Mozden
World-renowned photographer Greg Gorman announces a series of week-long digital photographic workshops held at his studio adjacent to his oceanfront home in Mendocino, California. The picturesque coast, the redwood forests,the vineyards, and the local sites offer amazing backdrops for photography students. This workshop is ideal for any serious photographer looking to enhance his/her camera, lighting, color management, image editing and fine art printmaking skills in a relaxing intimate setting which combines Greg’s passions for photography, food and wine. The workshop is offered several times in 2009 and features a guest instructor. Each session is limited to 9 attendees.

Now enrolling for 2009 workshops!
April 26-May 1
July 19-24
August 9-14
September 20-25
October 4-9

For complete details visit

Educational Partner: HP

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National Geographic Traveler Seminars
© Eddie Soloway
© Eddie Soloway
Putting the WOW in Your Nature & Outdoor Photography
Wander off the beaten path with National Geographic Traveler photographer Michael Melford and well-known nature photographer and lecturer Eddie Soloway as they unearth the mysteries of nature and outdoor photography. See inspired photos and learn the methods our experts used to create them. Find out how to sharpen your skills and fine-tune your technique to turn your nature photos from so-so to so spectacular. Let Eddie and Michael show you how to capture the spirit of nature whether you’re in Big Sur or your own backyard.

This seminar will be offered in the following cities:
Denver, CO February 22, 2009
Seattle, WA March 1, 2009
New York, NY May 3, 2009
San Diego, CA May 17, 2009

A Passion For Travel: Photos That Tell The Story
Create photos that showcase your passion for travel with National Geographic Traveler photographers Jim Richardson and Catherine Karnow. Discover the secrets of how to capture the spirit of a place and bring back images of enduring significance. According to Editor-In-Chief Keith Bellows, “we’ll help you turn your pictures into stories—which will make your pictures much more meaningful.” Let National Geographic Traveler show you how to make great pictures in the great places of your life.

This seminar will be offered in the following cities:
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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