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- Fall 2013 Workshops Catalog

© Tricia Cronin, © Michael Crouser,
© Annette Burke

There are certain cities in the world where the magic of place runs deeper, where the light is richer, where life feels more vibrant. Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, and Havana are three such places. Our Fall 2013 workshops and programs offer you unique opportunities to experience these intriguing places. Review all your options in our new catalog, available as a downloadable PDF from our web site.






© Susan Johnston, Honorable Mention in our OUTSIDE photo contest



















© Tania Vasallo
Help instill a passion for photography in the younger generation. Any parent or grandparent who attends a four-day or longer workshop in Santa Fe receives a $250 credit for their child or grandchild to attend during the same week.
Full details »

© Tania Vasallo






















© Zach Doleac
If you take two or more four-day or longer workshops in Santa Fe during the same calendar year, a $125 credit will be applied to the tuition of the second, and any subsequent, workshop(s).
Full details »

© Zach Doleac




















© Memphis Barbree
For 24 years, photographers of all levels have sought to learn from our world-renowned instructors. Now you can be earning college credit from Hastings College, too! Check individual workshop descriptions on our web site to see which workshops are available for credit.

© Memphis Barbree


















Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
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»Brand New! Announcing the Seminar Series!

© Frank Ockenfels 3, Art Streiber

With all that Santa Fe has to offer photographers, there’s a lot to be said for bringing our world-renowned photographic education expertise right to your doorstep. In 2014, we come to you with the launch of our brand new Seminar Series.

The Seminar Series kicks off in L.A., January 18-19 at Santa Monica College with seminars by Art Streiber and Frank Ockenfels 3, Michael Clark, and Greg Gorman.

January 18-19, 2-Day Seminar
An Insider’s View: Editorial & Advertising Photography
Art Streiber and Frank Ockenfels 3
Price (seminar and 2 lunches): $645; $445 for full-time students

January 18-19, 2-Day Seminar
Nikon D800: Successfully Using Your Camera
Michael Clark
Price (seminar and 2 lunches): $645 or $445 for full-time students

January 18, 1-Day Seminar
Fine-Art Digital Printmaking
Greg Gorman
Price (seminar and 1 lunch): $325 or $225 for full-time students

Stay tuned: next stop in the Seminar Series is Austin, TX, May 17-18, 2014!













»Look No Further: BACKYARD Photo Contest

© Miriam Doan

As photographers, the world is your backyard, and our BACKYARD contest gives you this broad theme to make your own. What do you see as your backyard? The classic green lawn with sprinklers? The alleys and streets of your neighborhood or city? Or perhaps it’s the water’s edge, rolling fields, or towering skyscrapers. Wherever it is, it’s familiar, yet rich with discoveries and stories. This is your opportunity to share your corner of the world, in color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from digital and film cameras to alternative processes, to iPhones.

Join our international community of photographers and share your images with our distinguished judges. The prizes are outstanding, the 50 winning images are featured in The Workshops online gallery, and the four winning images will be printed on the Epson printers in our state-of-the art digital lab and displayed in our on-campus Epson Gallery.

What are you waiting for? Just step out into your own backyard, and enter today! The deadline for BACKYARD is November 19, 2013.

Enter BACKYARD today »








»Spotlight on Our Cuba Team: Tony Bonanno

© Dustin Sammann, Tony Bonanno, Kip Brundage

Tony Bonanno is one of the lead photographers for our Cuba Program and his upcoming trips in 2014 will mark his fourth year leading trips to Cuba for The Workshops. Tony has felt an affinity for Cuba since childhood, and it shows in both his enthusiasm and his work. We talked with Tony about his Cuban experiences thus far. (You can read the full interview in our A Priority blog post.)

Q. What makes Cuba special for photographers?

A. The subject matter is tremendous. Cuba is a country that’s been off limits for decades, and it’s relatively undiscovered and still frozen in time. Visually it’s like stepping back sixty years or more. There’s so much to take in and absorb—the food, the architecture, the kids playing stickball (baseball rules in Cuba) and diving off the piers, the tobacco fields. You have this amazing culture set against a backdrop of the old colonial cities.

And photography in Cuba is not a commercial or professional venture in the way we think of it here. In Cuba, it’s art, plain and simple. The work is beautiful, very high standard. How they do it without the modern equipment we have here, the stuff we take for granted, really impresses me.

Tony leads two upcoming trips to Cuba, and the full Cuba Program through April is now posted. Here’s a sampling:

January 21 - January 29, 2014
Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Tony Bonanno

January 21 - January 29, 2014
Portrait of Cuba
with Jock McDonald

January 21 - January 29, 2014
Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside
with Jennifer Spelman

January 28 - February 5, 2014
Art and Music in Cuba
with Tony Bonanno

January 28 - February 5, 2014
Dance in Cuba
with Elizabeth Opalenik

February 4 - February 12, 2014
Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
with Dustin Sammann

February 4 - February 12, 2014
Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside
with Eddie Soloway

Join The Workshops Cuba Team for unforgettable journey of discovery to the Pearl of the Antilles, and discover for yourself all the magic, mystery, and joy of Cuba.

Register for Seeing Cuba with Tony Bonanno »

Register for Art and Music in Cuba with Tony Bonanno »

Read the interview with Tony Bonnano »

See all upcoming Cuba Programs »


»Upcoming Workshops in Santa Fe

Join us and discover why Condé Nast Traveler readers just voted Santa Fe the #2 city in the United States! Need advice on the right workshop for you? Call us at (505) 983-1400 ext 111.

© Rick Allred
Lightroom Interface © Rick Allred

November 8-10
Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Creating a Photo Book
with Rick Allred

Looking for a beautiful way to present and share your photography? Rick leads you through Lightroom’s Book Module tools and addresses topics such as editing images for a project, sequencing your images, and exploring different styles for laying out photos.


© Tony Bonanno

November 11-15
Fine-Art Digital Printmaking
with Tony Bonanno

Join Tony as he shares his expert knowledge, first on location in the scenic autumn beauty of Northern New Mexico, then in The Workshops state-of-the-art digital lab as you process and print your images using Epson printers, inks, and papers.

© Rick Allred

November 18-22
Basics of Digital Photography

with Rick Allred

Take that joyous first step into your future as a digital photographer. Rick creates a fun atmosphere for learning the technical processes of digital photography as you explore shutter speeds, apertures, and shooting modes.

© Rick Allred
© Rick Allred

December 9-13
Digital Workflow Essentials: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
with Rick Allred

In this five-day workshop Rick combines field sessions to create new images with classroom time in The Workshops state-of-the-art digital lab. Our goal is to streamline our photographic workflow!

Lightroom Interface © Will Van Beckum

January 24-26
Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Organizing and Enhancing Your Images
with Will Van Beckum

Learn to successfully organize and process your images! Will explains how Lightroom handles files and takes you through importing image files from your cameras and hard drives.

© Rick Allred

January 27-31
Basics of Digital Photography
with Rick Allred

Take that joyous first step into your future as a digital photographer. Rick creates a fun atmosphere for learning the technical processes of digital photography and under his guidance you explore shutter speeds, apertures, and shooting modes.

©Memphis Barbree

February 10-12
Intensive: Web Presence For Photographers
with Memphis Barbee

You put a lot into your images, why not share them with the world? Gain the confidence and clear understanding of how to showcase your work online in a simple, affordable, and effective way.

© Will Van Beckum

February 17-19
Intensive: Basics of Digital Printmaking
with Will Van Beckum

Dive into the skills and techniques you need to harness the power of your printer, and learn to easily and consistently produce high quality inkjet photographic prints.

© Tony Bonanno

March 4-9
White Sands: Capture to Print
with Tony Bonanno

Traverse the photographic process from capture to output while you immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and dynamic landscapes of White Sands.


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