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Online Newsletter for November 2007
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

New Web Site Unveiled

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops in Santa Fe

Featured On-the-Road Workshop

Only Three Dates Remain: PDN On The Road Seminar Series

Center Announces Call for Entries for Upcoming Contests

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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

"Photographic technique is no secret and – provided the interest is there – easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the Muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves. This is true of all artists; the moment there is something to say, there becomes a way to say it."

—Ralph Gibson

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month, Jerry leads you through the process for using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom's Develop Presets for image adjustments. Download the pdf.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Nita Gulbas
© Nita Gulbas, participant in the National Geographic Expeditions workshop "On Assignment in San Miguel" with David Alan Harvey, San Miguel de Allende, 2006

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News Shorts
» Jerry Courvosier, digital lab director, and his wife Julie head off to Australia this week to lead a photographic journey in Julie's home country. Starting November 6, Jerry will be posting a travelogue of the experience. Visit and see what's happening "down under."

© Wolf Böweig
© Wolf Böweig, 2007 grant winner
» Sara Terry, a participant in Sam Abell's "Project Workshop" in 2003 recently contacted us with news of an upcoming deadline for grant applications with The Aftermath Project. Started as a result of Sara's experience in the Workshop, The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict—the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace.

The primary activity of The Aftermath Project is the yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. In addition, through partnerships with universities, photography institutions and non-profit organizations, the Project seeks to help broaden the public’s understanding of the true cost of war—and the real price of peace—through traveling exhibitions and educational outreach in communities and schools.

Click here to learn more about The Aftermath Project and for application procedures for the 2008 grant. Deadline for submissions is November 15.

New Web Site Unveiled
The Santa Fe Workshops is proud to introduce a new Web site. Offering a clean and elegant look, the focus is on ease of navigation while incorporating strong imagery and easy to access information. We want our participants to visit the site to learn about workshops offered, but also to stay on top of the latest happenings in the photographic community.

We invite you to visit the Web site for the latest workshops offered at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Check out our new Winter/Spring 2008 lineup: it looks to be another incredible workshop season! Several workshops are currently full including those with Jay Maisel, Gregory Heisler, Platon, Joe McNally and the "Publishing the Photographic Book" workshop with Sam Abell. Wait lists are being taken.

Also, you can always download the latest e-Newsletter, check out our blog, learn Digital Tips from Jerry Courvoisier, check out our Workshops Store, or glance through our student gallery to see images from our past participants. The Workshops hopes you enjoy this new site. For more information on these workshops or others, please visit

Upcoming Digital Lab Workshops in Santa Fe
© 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.

Just four spaces are left! Please visit the Web site for complete details and Arduina's biography. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext 11.

© Carlan Tapp
Carlan Tapp
Exploring the Photographic Narrative with New Visual Media
December 3 - December 7, 2007

A good photograph is a complex record of an exchange between photographer and subject; traditionally, it gives viewers a greater understanding of the subject. Today's new digital media provide exciting opportunities for photographers to take viewers someplace unexpected, opening up new avenues for the photographer to share a narrative, family vacation, personal story, or documentary project. This workshop is for photographers who want to use these new media technologies to share their stories.

We begin by defining how to tell a story with photographs—how to conceptualize a feeling, place, or thing in a photographic image. From concept we move on to creating images, editing, and sequencing the story. We explore combining still images with audio and self-publishing a digital book. The World Wide Web offers photographers a place to create compelling viewer experiences, and we investigate the use of Web galleries to share our stories with the world. As photographers and storytellers, we come to understand how we can adapt to the technological evolution of the world and take advantage of these exhilarating new tools.

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, ext 11.

Featured On-the-Road Workshop
© Frank Lavelle
© Frank Lavelle
Western Ireland - A Photographic and Cultural Workshop in County Mayo and the Donegal Peninsula
May 26-June 5, 2008

A new workshop led by professional photographer and tour leader Frank Lavelle

This special itinerary in 2008 includes three evenings on the Donegal Peninsula, an exciting addition to our workshop. The peninsula presents quaint fishing villages, and harbors. Western Ireland is a land of remarkable light, rugged natural beauty, and warm people eager to share their rich heritage of music, folklore, literature, and history. The journey itself will display huge panoramas that will look different from every segment of the road we travel.

Days are spent photographing in one or two spots – uniquely special places you could never find on your own, tiny villages, spectacular panoramas, hidden beaches, and ancient abbeys. Our Irish host is Olcan Masterson, an authority on the history of western Ireland, an accomplished traditional musician, and a living embodiment of Irish charm and hospitality. He shows us the spirit and soul of Ireland as few visitors ever experience it. We attend gatherings in village pubs, where Olcan performs with local musicians.  A neighbor may invite us to a party, or a potter may show us around her studio.  We discover a land and culture through living it, not just visiting it. Join Frank for a very personal experience of this land and its culture.

Group size is limited to 10. For complete information, please contact Strabo International Tour Company at (607) 756-8676. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity from the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Only Three Dates Remain: PDN On The Road Seminar Series
© Vincent Dixon
© Vincent Dixon
PDN and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops are pleased to present the PDN On The Road seminar series for professional photographers. Only three dates remain:
November 12-13 in Dallas
December 3-4 in New York City
December 10-11 in 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.

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

Center Announces Call for Entries for Upcoming Contests
© Carol Golemboski
Bending Spoons © Carol Golemboski, 2007 1st Prize Winner

Review Santa Fe is for photographers who have created a significant project or series and would like to meet with industry leaders. The event consists of portfolio reviews with renowned photography professionals, a night of portfolio sharing , and more.
Event Date: June 5-7, 2008
Deadline for Entries: January 18, 2008

The Project Competition is for photographers working on long-term documentary projects and fine-art series. Three jurors reach a consensus on the First Prize and three Finalists. Each juror also selects an additional project to receive a Juror’s Choice awards.
Jurors: Charlotte Cotton, Curator of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Chris Pichler, Publisher, Nazraeli Press; Susan Scandrett, Creative Director, Mother Jones Magazine
Deadline for Entries: January 18, 2008

The Singular Image award recognizes outstanding individual photographs in color and black & white.
Jurors: Black & White: Anthony LaSala, Senior Editor, Photo District News (PDN); Color: Jen Bekman, Director, Jen Bekman Gallery
Deadline for Entries: January 18, 2008

For complete prize details and  competition guidelines go to
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