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- Fall 2013 Workshops Catalog

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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.





© Tom Reese
© Tom Reese, Honorable Mention in our SUMMER 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.
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© 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).
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»BACKYARD Contest Deadline: November 19!

© Susan Johnston
© Susan Johnston

The winning image could be right in your BACKYARD and the time to enter is now. The contest closes on Tuesday, November 19, midnight MST!

In color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from iPhones or film cameras to alternative processes, this is your opportunity to share your corner of the world with distinguished judges: Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson, Director, VERVE Gallery of Photography; Jonathan Blaustein, Writer, The New York Times Lens blog and A Photo Editor blog; Arthur Meyerson, Photographer; and Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Our educational partners and sponsors have contributed to an impressive prize list with a total value of over $8,500. Of course we're giving away workshops, but we also have a croquet set, a grill, a bocce ball set, and a Slip 'n Slide! And the 50 winning images will be featured in The Workshops online gallery.

What are you waiting for? Just step out into your own backyard, and enter today. Don’t forget: the deadline for BACKYARD is November 19, 2013.

Enter BACKYARD today »





»Spotlight on Our Cuba Team: Jennifer Spelman

© Jennifer Spelman, Kip Brundage
© Jennifer Spelman, Kip Brundage

Jennifer Spelman is a key member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Program. Her upcoming trips in 2014 will mark her fourth year leading Cuba trips for The Workshops, and she finds that each visit provides her with some small shift of insight into what makes Cuba such a unique place. We talked with Jennifer about her Cuban experiences thus far. (You can read the full interview in our A Priority blog post.)

Q. What were your expectations the first time you went to Cuba?

A. It's easy to come to Cuba with a lot of preconceptions about its history and politics. Each trip I make into Cuba results in some small shift of insight into what makes it such a unique place. The Cubans took a path through history that was full of all kinds of twists and turns. It's apparent in the obvious details like the old cars, but it's threaded through more subtle pieces of the culture, too. The Cuban people are ingenious and incredibly adaptable.

Q. How do your groups respond to the experience of Cuba?

A. Cuba catches people by surprise. Our groups arrive expecting the old cars and beautiful cityscape, but the genuine nature of the people is usually a delightful discovery. The pictures sometimes become secondary to the discovery of the place, and the interactions and connections that occur.

Jennifer leads Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside, January 21-29, 2014. The full Cuba Program through April is now posted. Here’s a sampling.

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

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

February 4 - February 12, 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 Picturing Cuba with Jennifer Spelman»

Read the interview with Jennifer Spelman »

See all upcoming Cuba Programs »




»Vintage Vegas, Baby!

© Julien McRoberts
© Julien McRoberts

Ever wish you could swing back in time and experience the real Las Vegas? The Vegas of Sinatra, Elvis, mobsters and showgirls? Join Julien McRoberts and sharpen your technical skills in the neon-saturated photographer’s paradise that is old-school Las Vegas.

February 5–9, 2014
Vintage Vegas

with Julien McRoberts

The crooners may be gone but the spirit lives on!


»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

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.

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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