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Online Newsletter for July 2008
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Featured Summer Photography Workshops

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe

Workshops in San Miguel de Allende

Special Workshops Offered by SFPW Instructors

Center Announcement

Educational Partner: Calumet

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Quote of the Month

“Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history.”

—Cornell Capa

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month, Jerry describes what High dynamic range (HDR) imaging is and how it permits photographers to capture a larger range of tonal detail with a series of image captures rather then using the limited range of a single image capture. Download the PDF.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© David Morris Cunningham
© David Morris Cunningham, participant in the "Zen and the Art of Photography" workshop with Doug Beasley, Winter 2008.

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News Shorts
» The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is honored to be included in American Photo's exclusive survey of The 12 Best Photography Workshops. The article is running in the current July/August issue now on newsstands. The feature indicates, "As the meeting place of the photographic world, Santa Fe has a workshop for every approach, interest, and skill level." Call us to discuss workshop offerings this summer and fall!

» Watch for the Winter/Spring 2009 workshop schedule to be posted online in mid-July; course descriptions will be available in September. If you regularly receive our e-Newsletter, you will receive an email letting you know when the schedule is available. As many of you know, some workshops fill very quickly and you won't want to hesitate too long!

Featured Summer Photography Workshops
© Carlan Tapp
© Carlan Tapp
The Meaning of Light
with Carlan Tapp
August 3-9

This workshop is about taking the time to slow down, look at the light, and think about what it is we want to say through our photographs. Whether our focus is on portraits, still lifes, or landscapes, we learn to adopt an open mind and a willingness to play and experiment with light. We take the ordinary and allow ourselves to capture the extraordinary through the use of light. We learn to observe, feel, and understand the meaning of light. We then respond, react, interpret, and express ourselves with the camera. Discussions, daily image reviews, and assignments fill the days as we see, frame, and translate light into photographs. The workshop schedule includes time alone contemplating light and playing with it as well as time spent together discussing our work and what it is we see.

For further details, including information on tuition and other fees, click HERE, register online, or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© Craig Stevens
© Craig Stevens
Developing Your Photographic Style
with Craig Stevens
August 3-9

This workshop is for photographers seeking to move their photographic process to the next level. The week is devoted to examining each participant’s work, uncovering ideas and interests, and investigating ways to create images more aligned with our personal vision. We examine the disparity between the photographs we imagine and those we produce, and work to reduce the distance between the two. Beginning with portfolio reviews, the week continues with daily assignments and critiques of works in progress so that participants develop a more concrete understanding of their own imagery and work process. Rather than focusing on subject matter, software, or hardware, this workshop is about the most important element in photographic work: you, the photographer.

To read more about Craig's workshop, visit Developing Your Photographic Style. Register online or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe
© Ellen Anon
© Ellen Anon
Adobe Photoshop for Nature Photographers
with Ellen Anon
July 27-August 2

Nature photographers have different Photoshop needs than commercial and portrait photographers, and this workshop focuses specifically on those needs. Participants learn and practice a workflow designed to streamline the process of selecting, organizing, optimizing, and outputting their best images. Ellen demonstrates techniques for each step and then participants practice—first on her images, then on their own. The week includes plenty of time to practice techniques by photographing in and around Santa Fe and making prints of our best images. If you have a working knowledge of Photoshop but do not always get the results you hope for, or find that it takes too long, this workshop is for you. Participants leave with an arsenal of new techniques and a game plan for presenting their best images.

Ellen Anon is an internationally recognized nature photographer, educator, and writer. Her photos have been showcased in calendars, galleries, magazines, and books, and her fine-art images are in collections on several continents. An Apple VIP Pro Photographer, she teaches Photoshop, Aperture, and photography workshops at a variety of venues. Ellen is the co-author of Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers (Sybex, 2007). Her Web site address is

Also check out the added Beginning Photoshop workshop with Genevieve Russell, August 3-9.

Workshops in San Miguel de Allende
© Raul Touzon
© Raul Touzon
In the fall of 2008, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops travels south of the border to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. San Miguel is one of Mexico’s most charming colonial towns, with narrow, serpentine, cobblestone streets that wind through sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stone buildings. Rich in culture, heritage, holidays, and fiestas, San Miguel is a National Historic Landmark.

One special workshop offered is the Gathering of Creative Women with Joyce Tenneson and Elise Wiarda, October 29-November 2. This week-long retreat is a unique opportunity for women from all creative backgrounds to gather for spiritual renewal, to connect with their physical well-being, and to celebrate their lives as artists. Our base is the magnificent Hacienda Las Trancas, a private, beautifully restored hacienda near San Miguel de Allende. It is an ideal setting for artists who wish to recharge their energies and network. Our workshop coincides with the Day of the Dead religious observations in Mexico. In addition to joining the colorful local festivities during the week, participants build their own altars to offer personal remembrances and celebrations.

Also, popular workshop instructor Doug Beasley will offer his Zen and the Art of Photography workshop November 2-9. In this workshop participants learn to deepen their visual awareness while clarifying their approach. This workshop provides a unique opportunity to rethink expectations of what it means to see. We work on cultivating simplicity and making more powerful photographs, building on the notion that a photograph is not “taken” but made. Doug sparks inspiration with a balance of conversation, meditation, readings, poetry, and other activities that invite creativity. Photographic exercises and assignments are designed to nurture each participant’s internal and external experiences and growth.

View the full schedule of workshops in San Miguel and call if you have any questions or if you would like to register.

Special Workshops Offered by SFPW Instructors
America At Home
© Jay Maisel
The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops supports the following workshops being taught by Jay Maisel and David Turnley:

Jay Maisel, long-time and popular Santa Fe Workshop instructor, is offering a unique opportunity to take a one week workshop with him at his bank building in New York City. The workshop will blend photography assignments with critique and discussion. The workshop is sponsored by SanDisk and will take place Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 18th, from 9am to 10pm each day. All meals are included. Space is limited to (9) participants and enrollment is based on a first come, first serve basis. For complete details, visit Jay's Web site and download the PDF.

©David Turnley
© David Turnley

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Turnley is pleased to announce that he is now conducting week-long workshops on street photography and the photographic essay from his studio in the West Village in New York City. This is a unique oppportunity to have access to intimate coaching from one of the more accomplished and seasoned photographers in the world. The workshops are limited to 10 people per session. Three dates are currently scheduled for 2008: July 27-August 3, August 10-17, and September 7-14. Download a PDF with further details, including a day-by-day schedule.

Center Announcement
© Sara Strathas
© Sara Stathas
In support of Center, Flak Photo will feature fifty-five of the Review Santa Fe photographers weekdays from June 16 - August 29, 2008. Flak Photo is a photography blogzine that promotes interesting visual approaches to seeing the world.

Review Santa Fe, the premiere juried portfolio review event in the US, was held in Santa Fe on June 5-7, 2008. Click HERE to see the 2008 photographers along with a sampling of their work and links to their websites. Check out the RSF venue and candid photos.

For more information about Center call 505.984.8353 or go to

Educational Partner: Calumet
Calumet Photographic is teaming up with Santa Fe Workshops to bring the educational oasis out of the desert for a summer tour of the United States. Calumet’s New York, Chicago and Los Angeles locations will host intensive digital seminars, giving you the unique opportunity to study with Santa Fe in these world-class cities

Each workshop is taught by Jerry Courvoisier, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ Digital Programs Director, whose prolific talents and decades of shooting, consulting and teaching experience provide rewarding perspective on any subject he covers.

For more details (including dates at each location) please visit the events’ page of Calumet’s website.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Weekend Intensive
This two-day, hands-on workshop (with your own laptop) provides a wealth of information on how to organize, develop and process images with maximum efficiency so that you can spend less time processing images and more time taking pictures. You will work with a series of your own images—RAW and/or JPEG files—to practice the fundamental processes of the Lightroom workflow.

HP Digital Printmaking Weekend Intensive
Take your images to new heights! This comprehensive two-day, hands-on workshop streamlines the digital printmaking process using Photoshop CS3 and HP printers. You’ll learn how to tune images to perfection with a thorough understanding of accurate color management and fine art printmaking. The course will demonstrate how to build an image that preserves excellent detail by using maximum control to adjust your photos.

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