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Online Newsletter for March 2009
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Featured Photography Workshop in Santa Fe

Photography Mentorships

Featured On-the-Road Workshops

Featured Digital Lab Workshops

Special Workshop Offering from Jay Maisel

Educational Partner: Calumet

National Geographic Traveler Seminars

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Photography Workshops

Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in San Miguel de Allende

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

The Workshops Blog

Winter/Spring 2009 Catalog (PDF)

Quote of the Month

“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.”

— W. Eugene Smith

20th Anniversary Calendar Through August 2010
© Page Bertelsen
20th Anniversary Calendar Cover
© Page Bertelsen

Keep track of dates while you support the Scholarship Fund. In honor of our 20th anniversary in 2009, we present a 20-month calendar spanning January 2009 through August 2010. The Workshops will donate $5 for every calendar sale to the Scholarship Fund. 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

Buy your limited edition calendar online now!

Participant Image of the Month
© Gabby Hayes
© Gabby Hayes; Participant in the "Developing Your Photographic Style" workshop with Craig Stevens, Summer 2008

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News Shorts
» Register Online for the Summer/Fall Workshops
All the details for the Summer/Fall workshops are now live on our web site. Ranging between June through November, we are excited about the great line-up of instructors and workshops for our 20th year. New instructors include Chris Buck, Catherine Karnow, Nadav Kander, Tony Sweet, Jonathan Torgovnik, Joe Buissink, David Hobby, and Francesca Yorke.

Check out the amazing new, on-the-road offerings as well: Whales of Alaska, The Figure in the Western Landscape, Southwestern Photographic Journey, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and Autumn on the Coast of Maine.

© Michael Calderwood, imaging by Big Swing
» Added Workshop: March 25-27
Responding to popular demand, we've made a last-minute addition to our winter workshop schedule is Adobe Photoshop Retouching and Composite Intensive with Stephen Yadzinski in our digital lab. Over the course of three days, Stephen shares Photoshop tricks and techniques he uses every day in his photo illustration studio ( All aspects of photographic retouching are covered; basic Photoshop skills are required. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

» Image Presentations by Instructors
Our winter season is flying by, but we would like to extend an invitation to the Santa Fe community to attend the Monday and Tuesday evening image presentations by our instructors each week. Presentations begin at 8 p.m. and are held in the IHM Chapel on our campus. Check the Pasatiempo each Friday for the schedule, or call the office for up-to-date information (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Photography Workshop in Santa Fe

© Doug Beasley
Redefining and Refining Your Photographic Vision
with Doug Beasley
March 29 - April 4, 2009

The experience of feeling stuck or lost can be fertile ground for artistic growth, offering opportunities to explore who you are as an artist and what your photography is about, opening up new avenues for moving your art and your career forward in a more conscious way.

In this highly personalized workshop we look closely at our creative process, develop fresh ways to deepen our vision, and discover new directions. The week includes photographic exercises, assignments, and critiques as well as daily field trips with Doug, with time for individual attention.

Doug Beasley explores the spiritual aspects of people and place in his photography. His personal vision is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. Doug's workshops emphasize personal expression and creative vision. He also shoots various fine art based commercial assignments throughout the country and internationally. Visit his web site.

Register online or call the Workshops to sign up for this workshop (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Photography Mentorships
Work One-on-One with World-renowned Photographers
Designed for advanced amateur photographers and professionals, our Mentorship Program connects you with talented photographer instructors—from anywhere in the world. The customizable program focuses on your goals, whether it’s refining your photographic style, exhibiting in a gallery, publishing a book, or recreating your portfolio. Our mentors draw from their lifelong careers in photography to help you develop and expand your passion for imagemaking.
We’re thrilled to present twelve veteran photographers as our mentors:

Sam Abell, George DeWolfe, Patrick Donehue, Bobbi Lane, Arthur Meyerson, David Middleton, Elizabeth Opalenik, Eddie Soloway, Mary Virginia Swanson, Alan M. Thornton, John Weiss, and Nevada Wier.

The Photography Mentorships program offers three customizable options spanning one year, six-months, or single sessions.

• Year-long mentorship: tailored to participant’s goals and structured to include photographic assignments, online critiques and phone consultations every three weeks.

• Six-month mentorship: tailored to participant’s goals and structured to include photographic assignments, online critiques and phone consultations every three weeks.

• Single sessions: provide the opportunity to focus on a specific topic for one hour with a mentor.

Learn more about the program and our mentors by visiting

Featured Mentor: Bobbi Lane
As a mentor, Bobbi's goal is to help emerging photographers elevate their photographic work and style to a professional level, and also to hone their business practices. Specifically, this means guiding them as they develop technical expertise in studio and location portraits; learn to find the essence of the subject through good communication techniques; develop creativity and conceptual skills; and form a business plan that includes portfolio and web site development, marketing and sales, pricing and licensing, and copyright.

© Bobbi Lane
© Bobbi Lane
© Kate Eisemann
Bobbi Lane ©Kate Eisemann

Featured On-the-Road Workshops
© Eddie Soloway
© Eddie Soloway
A Natural Eye: Big Sur
with Eddie Soloway
April 2 - April 5, 2009

Eddie Soloway takes his popular “Natural Eye” workshop on the road! Big Sur, south of Carmel, California, is a region of rugged natural beauty well known to the likes of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and generations of nature and photography lovers, a place where mountain streams cascade through redwood groves on their way to wild beaches and glorious sunset light. Eddie weaves together some of the elements of his Santa Fe based workshop, including activities designed to open up a natural eye and fine-tuning technical ideas that help you capture what you see on film or pixels.

Please visit the web site for more details. Register online or call the Workshops (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Also, spring in Tuscany is a sight to behold as the earth comes alive. Imagine poppies, wheat fields, ancient villages, great food, wine, gelato and cappuccinos. If you would like to join Eddie Soloway on his Natural Eye Immersion in Tuscany, May 31 - June 7, drop him an e-mail to receive more information at

© John Weiss
© Andrea J. Sharon
Wings Over Alaska: Shorebird Migration
with Krista Elrick and Andrea J. Sharon
May 5 - May 14, 2009

Each spring, as the frozen landscape begins to thaw, the shorelines of coastal Alaska shimmer with millions of migrating birds, many of which have traveled thousands of miles to reach their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. This workshop is for photographers who wish to witness and photograph this wonder of nature at one of the largest contiguous wetlands in the U.S., and one of the best birding locations in the world. Area experts join us to share local history, identify wildlife, and discuss important regional and national environmental topics.

Visit the web site for more information or call Andrea Sharon at (505) 466-2585. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

© Ralph Lee Hopkins
© Ralph Lee Hopkins
African Digital PhotoAdventure
with Ralph Lee Hopkins and Renie Haiduk
May 21 - June 2, 2009

Experience the classic romance of old Africa on our second PhotoAdventure to Tanzania and the Serengeti with photographers Ralph Lee Hopkins and Renie Haiduk. The Kiswahili word “safari” means “journey,” and this promises to be an epic one for the adventurous traveler in search of an African countryside that is still wild and unspoiled.

Limited to 12 participants, this workshop provides exclusive off-road access to areas including Ndarakwai, the Serengeti Plains, Lake Ndutu, Olduvai Gorge, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Visit our web site to read more about this wonderful opportunity. Call the Workshops to register at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Digital Lab Workshops

© George Schaub
Crafting the Fine Digital Black-and-White Print
with George Schaub
April 6 - April 10, 2009

Black-and-white digital printmaking has undergone a renaissance recently, with extremely fine-nozzled inkjet printers, archival inks, new varieties of paper, and a new freedom to engage all the skills of the craft in the digital environment. This workshop takes a clear and simple approach to digital printmaking that, while recognizing the latest technology, never loses sight of the elements that comprise a fine print: tonality, center of light, edge effects, image color, control of highlights, and most important, choosing tones and contrast to enhance the subject at hand. Other printmaking topics explored include toning emulation, warm and cool image coloration, grain (noise), sharpness, and converting color images to black and white.

Adobe Lightroom Intensive
with Jerry Courvoisier
April 17 - April 19, 2009

Adobe Lightroom is an essential new 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. 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.

Beginning Adobe Photoshop

with Rick Allred
April 20 - April 24, 2009

One of our most popular workshops, this five-day introduces you to the concepts, language, and tools of Adobe Photoshop. Participants master the basics of navigation, selection tools, copy and paste functions, image adjustment tools, layers and photo compositing, and filters for interesting visual effects. Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on application, we explore image adjustment and retouching techniques. We also investigate resolution as it relates to images originating from scanners and digital cameras. If you are a beginner or a self-taught user, this workshop provides a foundation from which to build your confidence in using this powerful image-processing software.

Register online for these workshops or call us to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Special Workshop Offering from Jay Maisel
Calumet Genesis
© Jay Maisel
Long-time Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Jay Maisel is offering a unique opportunity to take a five-day 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 April 14th through Friday April 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 served basis.

For complete details, download the following PDF: The Jay Maisel Workshop

Educational Partner: Calumet

Explore National Parks in a New Calumet DVD

Experience the fine art of landscape photography with a master in Calumet Photographic's latest Imagemakers Series DVD, Photo Explorers: Western National Parks. Over three hours of footage, you'll get a unique view at the process and perspective of Luminous Landscape publisher and writer, Michael Reichmann. You'll join his travels across the western United States to some of America's most stunning national parks.

Included are segments on a moonrise at sunset in Death Valley, rafting in the Grand Canyon, strange mineral deposits at Mono Lake, the bizarre landscapes of the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, an autumn trip through Yellowstone and Grand Teton, the spectacular views near Moab, and a winter wonderland in Yellowstone National Park.

Pick Up a Copy Today »

National Geographic Traveler Seminars
Putting the WOW in Your Nature & Outdoor Photography
Wander off the beaten path with National Geographic Traveler photographer Michael Melford and well-known nature photographer and lecturer Eddie Soloway as they unearth the mysteries of nature and outdoor photography. See inspired photos and learn the methods our experts used to create them. Find out how to sharpen your skills and fine-tune your technique to turn your nature photos from so-so to so spectacular. Let Eddie and Michael show you how to capture the spirit of nature whether you’re in Big Sur or your own backyard.

This seminar will be offered in the following cities:
New York, NY -- May 3, 2009
San Diego, CA -- May 17, 2009

© Jim Richardson
© Jim Richardson
A Passion For Travel: Photos That Tell The Story
Create photos that showcase your passion for travel with National Geographic Traveler photographers Jim Richardson and Catherine Karnow. Discover the secrets of how to capture the spirit of a place and bring back images of enduring significance. According to Editor-In-Chief Keith Bellows, “we’ll help you turn your pictures into stories—which will make your pictures much more meaningful.” Let National Geographic Traveler show you how to make great pictures in the great places of your life.

This seminar will be offered in the following cities:
St. Petersburg, FL -- March 15, 2009
San Francisco, CA -- March 28, 2009
Philadelphia, PA -- April 26, 2009

Click here for more information and online registration.
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