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• What is the difference between workshop "seasons?"
What is a typical day like during a workshop?
When does my workshop week begin and end?
Will I have much free time during my workshop?
What is the weather like in Santa Fe?

Why is there sometimes a mandatory meal plan and sometimes not?

Where should I stay while in Santa Fe?
Do I really need to rent a car?
What can my family do while I am in class?
What happens if I need to cancel a workshop?
What is Travel Insurance and should I buy it?
Are there any scholarships available?
Why is sales tax charged?

What is meant by a sample of work for those workshops requiring a portfolio?
What kind of computers and other equipment does the digital lab use?
What equipment do I need to bring for my workshop?

How many people will be in my workshop?


Jay Maisel in classroom.
© Jennifer Spelman


What is the difference between workshop "seasons?"
At The Workshops we refer to workshops being "in-season" or "off-season." In 2015, the Spring season runs March 1 to April 3, and Summer season runs June 22-August 8. During photography seasons there is a meal plan included in Tuition for all participants, optional housing on campus, and optional breakfast on campus. Aside from these major differences, there are also instructor presentations, group dinners, and participant image presentations.

The "off season" is the rest of the year. Workshops are scheduled during many of these off weeks, but may be the only class on campus. Consequently, many amenities of the photography season are not available; for example, on campus housing is limited and no meals are served.

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© Amber Terranova
What is a typical day like during a workshop?
Most workshops will start between 8 and 9am. In a photography workshop, usually the first thing you will do is review your images from the previous day. Mornings often include editing and critique sessions as well as discussion of daily assignments. Lunch is eaten on campus at the buffet or sack lunches are packed for groups that have already left for the field. Most classes leave in the afternoon for daily field sessions, sometimes as a group, other times individually.

Most digital lab classes spend the majority of the time in the digital lab. The lab usually opens at 8:30am and closes at 5pm. The digital lab is open for digital participants only on some evenings. Half-day field trips might be taken to make new images with digital cameras.
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When does my workshop week begin and end?
During the Spring season, you need to arrive on Monday afternoon for check-in and orientation; you will begin in the classroom first thing Tuesday morning. Your workshop is officially over after dinner and the participant image presentations on Friday night. For Summer season, you need to arrive on Sunday afternoon for check-in and orientation; you will begin in the classroom first thing Monday morning. Your workshop is officially over after dinner and the participant image presentations on Friday night.

Many workshops during the off season begin Monday morning with check-in between 8:30 and 9am and end Friday afternoon at 5pm. Intensive workshops follow a different schedule, with many of them starting on Friday morning and ending at noon on Sunday.
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Will I have much free time during my workshop?
Days are busy and intense. You may find some time in the early evening to see the city. We suggest coming in a few days early or staying a few days after your workshop if you would like to take in the sights of Santa Fe, including the great museums, restaurants, and galleries.
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What is the weather like in Santa Fe?
Santa Fe is located at 7,000 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo mountains; it can take your body a day of two to adapt to the high altitude. Santa Fe is comfortably dry but can have rapid weather changes. It is common to have 30 degree temperature differences between night and day. Santa Fe averages 300 days of glorious sunshine, 14 inches of rain and 17.5 inches of snow each year. For up-to-date weather information and historical averages, visit www.weather.com or www.visitsantafe.com. "Typical weather" figures can be found on AccuWeather's Web site.
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Why is there sometimes a meal plan included in Tuition and sometimes not?
See "What is the difference between workshop "seasons?" above.
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© Greg deStefano
Where should I stay while in Santa Fe?
Please read the about on-campus and Santa Fe accommodations in the General Information section.
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Do I really need to rent a car?
A car is not a requirement for certain workshops if you are staying at The Workshops campus, however, the IHM Retreat Center is located about 2 to 2.5 miles from the nearest commercial areas. While these participants do not necessarily need a car, a car provides added freedom and flexibility. If you do not rent a car, you will need to car pool with other workshop participants when you go on field trips. We suggest that you call to find out if a car is required for your workshop.

If you are not staying on campus, you really need to have a car. Santa Fe is not readily accessible by city bus or taxi, although both are available.
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What can my family do while I am in class?
Keep in mind that you will be very busy with your workshop. Your family might not see a lot of you! Still, Santa Fe is a major tourist destination and there are many things to do in and around Santa Fe. Check out these Web sites for ideas: www.santafe.com, www.santafe.org, or www.newmexico.org
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What happens if I need to cancel a workshop?
We know that unexpected things come up that might require you to cancel your workshop. If at all possible, let us know more than 30 days before the start of your workshop. Click HERE for full details about our Cancellation and Transfer Policies. We also recommend that you consider purchasing travel insurance (see below).
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What is Travel Insurance and should I buy it?
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance can protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance. We suggest a plan that offers coverage for medical and dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections, and trip cancellation should you have a medical problem that prevents you from attending. The Santa Fe Workshops is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
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Are there any scholarships available?
For 2014, The Santa Fe Workshops offers one scholarship program for workshops June through December. For complete details, visit the scholarship information page.
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Why is sales tax charged?
The State of New Mexico requires all businesses to collect gross receipts tax on all goods and services. In order to not pay tax, you or your company must register for tax exempt status with the State of New Mexico and pay the annual fee. The tax rate as of January 1, 2014 is 8.1875%.
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What is meant by a sample of work for those workshops requiring a portfolio?
Some workshops require that you submit a sample of recent photography for final admission. For complete details, visit the Portfolios section in the Information for Applicants section.
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What kind of computers and other equipment does the digital lab use?
The Santa Fe Workshops has developed a digital imaging educational program designed to help you broaden your technical skills and find your place in our technological society. For details on equipment available, visit the facilities page.
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© Jennifer Davidson


What equipment do I need to bring for my workshop?
This varies from workshop to workshop. In general, bring your photographic equipment: cameras, lenses, and if you have them, a tripod, filters, a hand-held light meter, and a flash. Additional information about camera formats and equipment for individual workshops will be supplies in a letter from the instructor.

Nikon is an educational partner of The Workshops. Workshop participants can use the latest Nikon cameras and lenses during their workshop week; this equipment is available from The Store. Studio equipment from a variety of sponsors is also available for participants in studio based classes to try. All equipment is loaned on a 24 hour basis at no charge; a driver's license and major credit card in your name are required to check out all equipment.
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How many people will be in my workshop?
All digital lab workshops are held to a maximum of 13 participants. Nearly all photography workshops have a maximum of 14 participants. The minimum number of participants to run a workshop varies from workshop to workshop, depending on a variety of factors. In the event that a workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months. The Workshops makes final decisions about the running of a workshop no less than 30 days before the begin date.
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