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Online Newsletter for September 2007
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Photography Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference: Free Admission Available

Weekend Courses in Photoshop and Digital Workflow

PDN on the Road Seminar Series

Educational Partner: HP

Calumet Photographic News

Center: Upcoming Event

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Santa Fe Workshops Blog

2008 Winter/Spring Photography Workshops

Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in Mexico

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

The Workshops Store

Quote of the Month

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them"

—Elliott Erwitt

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
This month, Jerry shares a Photoshop template for a 2008 calendar (think holiday season!). This simple, compact calendar is a great way to distribute 12 images to family, friends, and professional clients. First download and view the QuickTime movie that explains how to use the file.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Joe Duty
© Joe Duty, participant in Eddie Soloway's "A Natural Eye: The Summer Landscape" workshop, July 2007

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News Shorts
» Added Session of Beginning Photoshop: Due to popular demand, The Workshops has added an additional session of Beginning Photoshop, October 22-26 with Rick Allred. This five-day workshop propels participants deep into the world of Adobe Photoshop—the most powerful imaging program available. Click here to view the complete description; call The Workshops (505) 983-1400, ext. 11 to register.

» Explore Australia on an extraordinary photographic adventure. This insider’s tour takes us to remote and exclusive locations, where digital lab director Jerry Courvoisier and his wife Julie (a native of Australia) share their deep knowledge of the country and photography. Click here to view a complete description and download an itinerary. To register, please call The Workshops (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

» For those of you living in the Santa Fe area, Verve Gallery of Photography on Marcy Street has two new photographic exhibitions on display. One entitled "Poetic Grace" from Workshops instructor Elizabeth Opalenik, and one titled "Urban Wilderness" from Workshops alum Irving Greines. Both exhibits will be displayed until October 27.

» The Workshops is pleased to announce the arrival of Colette Blue Lee to workshop instructor Sarah Meghan Lee and her husband Morgan. She was born in Mexico City at 12:18 a.m. on July 17, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 oz, 21 inches. Mom reports that all is going well and that they are enjoying their new bundle of joy! Congratulations!

Photography Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
© Leasha Overturf
© Leasha Overturf
Beyond the Surface: The Contemporary Color Portrait
with Paul Elledge and Leasha Overturf
October 21-27

Designed for photographers who are ready for the challenge of going beyond the surface of traditional photographic portraits, this workshop in San Miguel de Allende emphasizes creating a personal style of portraiture through the nontraditional use of color and environment. Using any and all photographic tools, Paul and Leasha illuminate ways to expand the photographic possibilities of the dynamic color portrait. Other topics addressed include instinct, self-confidence, and trust in the creative process.

© Elizabeth Opalenik
© Elizabeth Opalenik
Imagination and Dreams
with Elizabeth Opalenik
October 21-27

Elizabeth Opalenik has never forgotten the exciting moment, some 30 years ago, when she realized that she could convey her feelings and thoughts through her photographs. This workshop is about searching for that excitement and those images that move and sustain us. We learn to make photographs that express our ideas, through various exercises designed to heighten awareness. From portraits to landscapes, images are stepping stones that trace where the mind has been and form the unique vision each of us carries through life. Our week includes daily assignments and discussions on such topics as print presentation, organizing a portfolio, digital infrared, and intimate handmade books.

© Renie Haiduk
© Renie Haiduk

A Visual Journey

with Renie Haiduk
October 21-27

Photography reveals our internal world in surprising ways. During this week, each of us sets forth on a path of self-discovery, transitioning from predictable images to photographs that reveal our innermost beliefs and feelings. By exploring light in our physical environment, we practice seeing faces and spaces from a more heartfelt place. We visit a variety of locations, work with models, and pursue individual assignments. Each day we critique the previous day’s work, discussing creative concerns and other possibilities.

Other workshops available in San Miguel de Allende include:
Heart Mind, and Eye with Norman Mauskopf
The Travel Assignment with Macduff Everton
Photographing People with Sarah Meghan Lee
The Portrait and the Nude with Jock Sturges
The People and Culture of Colonial Mexico with Ralph Lee Hopkins
The Color of Mexico with Arthur Meyerson
Revealing Portraits with Robb Kendrick

To view the full calendar of workshops in San Miguel this fall, visit the Santa Fe Workshops Web site. Click on a course title to read a complete description and the instructor's biography.

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference: Free Admission Available
Be there as the rapidly changing world of photography and imaging comes into focus at PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo 2007. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an advanced amateur, PDN PhotoPlus International has the photographic education you need to strengthen your competitive advantage.

Catch a glimpse into the future of photography and imaging with over 60 NEW seminars including:

The Art of the Portrait [TB4]
Thursday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sponsored by: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Platon is well known for taking risks in his portraiture. This seminar offers an intimate and fascinating look into the world of Platon’s portrait-creating process from inception to the final image. How does he conceptualize the portrait and prepare for the session? How does he work with his subject on set, often convincing them to be a player in his vision? Blending both the technical and creative aspects of portraiture, Platon describes and presents images to illustrate his lighting techniques, the importance of the chemical darkroom, his creative impulses and personal style. This seminar is guaranteed to inspire. All levels.

Receive free general admission to the expo by registering online at using the Promo Code NAAA2. Offer ends 9/26/07. Seminar registration is available for an additional fee.

Weekend Courses in Photoshop and Digital Workflow
© Dottie Lopez
© Dottie Lopez
Photoshop Intensive
October 19-21
with Joel Lipovetsky and Dottie Lopez

Designed for photographers who are ready to take their images to the next step but don’t have time to attend a weeklong seminar, this two-and-a-half-day intensive provides a strong foundation in Photoshop CS3. Digital lab gurus Joel and Dottie explain the advantages of working with Camera Raw and demonstrate a range of techniques for making global and local adjustments to images, such as color correction, creating black-and-white images, sepia toning, and retouching.

We navigate the tool palettes, working with adjustment layers, image layers, masking, and selecting, and discuss the use of channels, filters, sharpening, and compositing. We learn ways to automate and speed up the workflow. In addition, we review the importance of soft proofing in Photoshop CS3. Participants practice these newly acquired techniques in a photographic assignment to capture the beauty of Santa Fe.

Please visit the Web site for complete details, instructor biographies, fees, and equipment requirements. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400.

© Genevieve Russell
© Genevieve Russell
Digital SLR Workflow Intensive
October 26-28
with Jerry Courvoisier and Genevieve Russell

This digital workflow course provides a wealth of information, inspiration, and the taste of the weeklong workshop experience in a two-and-a-half day “hands-on” program. Digital lab director Jerry Courvoisier and photographer Genevieve Russell, will inspire participants and share their personal approaches to color management, digital capture, workflow, Raw format processing, and image archiving. Their mutual goal is for participants to become comfortable with their digital SLR cameras and the workflow process so they can focus on making successful images.

Topics covered include digital camera tools; Raw file format and image resolution; successful digital capture; basic image adjustment; batch processing; and Web application features. A photography assignment focuses on capturing the essence of Santa Fe.

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.

PDN on the Road Seminar Series
© Stephen Johnson
© Stephen Johnson
PDN and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops are pleased to present the NEW PDN On the Road seminar series for professional photographers in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and 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.
PDN on the Road

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

Educational Partner: HP
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Calumet Photographic News
Lately, a few DSLRs have embraced live-view technology—but those screens are still static, so composing accurate shots high overhead, low to the ground or at odd angles remains a challenge. Enter the Zigview S2 Digital Viewfinder, an innovative accessory whose 2.5" live-view LCD flips and rotates to accommodate almost any perspective.

More than that, the Zigview S2 promises remote and interval shooting in a tiny package that attaches easily to your DSLR’s eyepiece. Naturally, we had to snap one on and take it for a test drive. Find out how the Zigview S2 performed and what we thought in our latest Calumet Review.

Read the Review »

In the September/October issue of Calumet Focus, we speak to St. Louis photographer Brian Kuhlmann about sticking close to home and still landing those lucrative, big-name clients. An aspiring photog since seventh grade, Kuhlmann now melds ambitious concepts with compelling images for the likes of Bacardi, Maxim Magazine and rapper Nelly, to name just a few.

“Too many photographers moan and groan they don’t have the work,” says Kuhlmann, “but they’re never working on themselves or their portfolios…People respond to new, fresh and interesting ideas.”

See what he says about generating ideas, keeping tabs on the competition and navigating difficult shoots. And don’t forget to sign up to receive Calumet Enews, your weekly resource for new products, specials, in-store events and seminars at Calumet.

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Center: Upcoming Event
Review Los Angeles - January 10-11, 2008
A photographic portfolio review event, designed for photographers of all levels. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Review Los Angeles, held in conjunction with Photo LA, includes one-on-one meetings with esteemed gallerists, editors, publishers, educators, agents and more. This is an opportunity for photographers to present their work to influential members of the photographic community who can provide photographers with networking opportunities and possible career advancement.
Go to for additional information.

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