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Online Newsletter for January 2009
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Invest in Your Future—Photography Mentorships

January and February Digital Lab Workshops

Educational Partner: Calumet

National Geographic Traveler Seminars

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Quote of the Month

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important.”

—Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Goodbye Jerry!
Jerry Courvoisier
The Workshops would like to take this time to announce that after 14 years, Jerry Courvoisier has moved on from being the Digital Lab Director and is now concentrating his time on teaching, photography, and writing. He will be missed but we look forward to having him here as an instructor. Watch for his name on the schedule in 2009!

Also remember that Jerry's new book Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop is available from Peachpit Press and you can receive a 35% discount by entering code SANTAFE during checkout. Plus, U.S. customers get free shipping!

You can also continue to view an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Jackson Nichols
© Jackson Nichols, participant in Alan Thornton's "Lighting Portraits on Location" workshop, summer 2008

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News Shorts
» Bangkok Workshop with Nevada Wier
A few last minute spaces are available in the On the Road in Bangkok, Thailand workshop January 19-28, with award-winning travel photographer Nevada Wier. The exotic surroundings of Bangkok and its environs provide a spectrum of environments and activities for our photographic workshop. This intensive workshop is a lively blend of lectures, discussions, outdoor assignments, and field trips while tackling the challenges of digital photography—including group and individual critiques, personal assignments, and one-on-one meetings with Nevada. To register call the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

» Summer/Fall 2009 Workshops
The workshops schedule for Summer/Fall 2009 will be posted on the web site on January 26. This will include the fall program in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as well as on-the-road workshops. Registrations will be taken by phone as of January 26. Course descriptions and online registration will be available by late February.

© Page Bertelsen
20th Anniversary Calendar Cover
© Page Bertelsen
» 20th Anniversary Calendar Available
The calendar is now available for purchase online. In honor of our 20th anniversary in 2009, we present a 20-month calendar spanning January 2009 through August 2010. We are proud to showcase a wonderful collection of images made by workshop participants and staff in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende.

Each month includes holiday information for the U.S. and Mexico, as well as useful highlights for photographers:
* Solstices and equinoxes
* Full and new moons
* Famous photographer birthdates
* Season start dates for the Workshops

The Workshops will donate $5 for every calendar sale to the Scholarship Fund.

Buy your limited edition calendar online now!

Invest in Your Future—Photography Mentorships
An exciting new educational program is being offered in 2009 by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  A Photography Mentorship provides the rare opportunity of working one-on-one from your home with one of our popular instructors to expand your photographic skills and to refine your photographic personality. Our mentors, including Nevada Wier, Sam Abell,  Elizabeth Opalenik, George DeWolfe, and Bobbi Lane to name a few, will champion your work, guiding and supporting your dreams and aspirations as a photographer.

The Photography Mentorships program offers three options. In the first, you build a customized, long-distance, year-long mentor relationship with one of 12 veteran photography workshop instructors. This program includes 17 sessions with your mentor.  The second option is a six-month mentorship that includes 8 mentor sessions. The third option allows for single sessions of 60 minutes each, communicating again with a mentor by phone and online.

View complete details on this new program and biographies from our photography mentors.

Left to right: © Elizabeth Opalenik, © Nevada Wier, © David Middleton, © Bobbi Lane

January and February Digital Lab Workshops

© Marcia Reifman
Improve your skills using Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2. Space is still available in the following upcoming digital lab workshops. Register online or call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Creative Adobe Photoshop
with Marcia Reifman
January 26 - January 30, 2009

It’s time to take your Photoshop skills to a new level of expression. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to let their ideas blossom through the power of Photoshop tools and techniques. Working with scanned or digital images, as well as new images made during the week, we learn how to create a desired mood using tonal, color, and lighting adjustments combined with layer and channel masks. Marcia works closely with each participant, helping them develop personal imagination and expression, discover new directions, and generate ideas.

Adobe Lightroom Intensive
Jerry Courvoisier
February 6 - February 8, 2009

Adobe Lightroom 2 is an essential image management application that makes the digital photography workflow more efficient. It facilitates editing, processing, and preparing output for slide shows, Web galleries, and finished prints.

Led by Jerry Courvoisier, author of Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop, this two-and-a-half day, hands-on workshop 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. Participants work with a series of their own images, raw and/or JPEG files, as they become acquainted with and practice the fundamental processes of the Lightroom workflow. They also learn when to turn to Photoshop CS4 for adjustments that can’t be made in Lightroom.

© Lee Varis
Portrait Photography: Beyond Skin Deep
Lee Varis
February 22 - February 28, 2009

Take your portrait photography to the next level in this workshop with photographer, author, and digital guru Lee Varis. Lee guides participants through a digital photography and Adobe Photoshop training course devoted to mastering all aspects of the human subject. Topics to be covered include calibrating for digital capture with Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom to insure the best skin tone rendering; location lighting for compelling portraits; image processing for ideal color; advanced retouching techniques for lifestyle and glamour photography; and special techniques for illustrative effects like cross-processing, glamour glow, and texture effects.

Participants photograph camera tests and location portraits and work with their own images to learn the advanced Photoshop techniques of Hollywood professionals in the digital lab. Lee shares materials based on his book Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies.

Educational Partner: Calumet
Calumet Genesis
Great Lighting Starts with a Calumet Genesis

In the dark on where to start with lighting equipment? Light your subjects with Calumet’s affordable yet sophisticated Genesis 200 and 400 monolights. These acclaimed flash units provide you with the lighting control and power needed to create stunning portraits and still-life tabletop photographs. And kits start at just $169.99.

Both models feature digital level adjustment over a 5-stop range, allowing you to tweak power for any subject or space. A modeling lamp with adjustable output makes finding the right positioning easy. And a built-in optical photo cell provides wireless flash synchronization when using multiple flash units.

Whether your photographs explore tiny details or entire worlds, you can create the best lighting conditions to reveal them with Calumet Genesis monolights.

Start Lighting with Calumet Genesis »

National Geographic Traveler Seminars
© Ralph Lee Hopkins
© Ralph Lee Hopkins
The Versatile Travel Photographer
Great travel photography requires a command of several types of photography, including portraits and candids of people, nature/landscapes, festivals/celebrations, and architecture/cityscapes. Join National Geographic Traveler photographers Bob Krist and Ralph Lee Hopkins as they show you how to add depth and "local color" to your travel photography by incorporating all of the elements above. Simple tricks for using flash to expand when and where you can shoot will also be discussed, as well as recording audio so you can produce multimedia slide shows of your work.

Topics include:
• Understanding the Elements of Travel Photography
• Ten Tips for Improving Your Travel Images
• Photographing People  
• Street Photography at Festivals and Celebrations
• Sharing Your Images with Others  
Upcoming cities:
• Los Angeles, CA, January 18, 2009
• Chicago, IL, January 25, 2009
• Kansas City, KS, February 7, 2009

Click here for more information and online registration.

If you have questions, please email or call 505-983-1400, ext. 11.

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