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Online Newsletter for April 2009
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Featured Workshops in Santa Fe

Featured Workshops Around the World

Photography Mentorships

Educational Partner: HP

This Month's Offer From Graphik Dimensions

National Geographic Traveler Seminars

Quick Links:

All Workshops

Workshops in Santa Fe

Workshops in San Miguel de Allende

Workshops Around the World

The Workshops Blog

Summer/Fall 2009 Brochure (PDF)

Winter/Spring 2009 Catalog (PDF)

Quote of the Month

“In order to be a successful photographer, you must possess both vision and focus—neither of which have anything to do with your eyes.”

— Kevin Russo

Participant Image of the Month
© Dodie Ellis
© Dodie Ellis; Participant in the "On Assignment in San Miguel de Allende" workshop with Robb Kendrick, Fall 2009

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!

To request a printed catalog for yourself, send an email to:

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News Shorts
» Winter Season a Success—Join Us for Spring
The Winter workshop season in Santa Fe ended this past Saturday and what a great seven weeks it was! With enrollment rivaling 2008, participants and instructors spent time photographing, learning the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and sharing an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for a spring photographic fling, check out Santa Fe workshops through June. Consider joining us for a week of inspiration and fun!

» Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!
The 2009 Summer/Fall brochure is en route to those on our mailing list, so be on the lookout. For those wanting a head start on planning, you can download a PDF (2.4 Mb) from our web site. The catalog will be following soon, and will be available for download before the end of April. Complete course details are currently posted online and registration is available now for all workshops in 2009.

» Get Around Easier
We've made some web site enhancements to make it easier to find workshop information. You'll notice two new features:
   • Workshops are now grouped into three categories—Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, and Around the World. All workshops that occur in our state-of-the-art digital lab are included in Santa Fe.
   • Within each of the categories you can now scroll through all descriptions using previous and next links located above the image. Let us know what you think!

» The Next Generation Program
New for Summer! The Workshops is pleased to announce a new discount program called The Next Generation. It is intended to instill a passion for photography in the younger generation. Any parent or grandparent who attends a week-long workshop in Santa Fe or San Miguel de Allende receives a $400 credit for their child or grandchild to attend during the same week. Aunts and uncles qualify, too! You can take the same class together, or you can attend different workshops during the same week. Share your photographic passion down through the ages! Call the Workshops if you have any questions (505) 983-1400 ext. 11.

Featured Workshops in Santa Fe

© Seán Duggan
The Creative Eye: Digital Photography and Digital Darkroom Essentials
with Seán Duggan
April 27 - May 1, 2009

Join Seán Duggan for an inspiring week that combines digital photography with presentation, artistic discovery, and the exploration of creative ways to improve photographs in the digital darkroom. Participants learn and practice enhancing the straight photographic image as well as using it as a point of departure for personal images that are interpretive rather than literal. Both with our cameras and with Adobe Photoshop, we search for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Location assignments focus on essentials such as composition, understanding how existing light affects the image, mastering the camera’s light meter, exposing two or more shots to extend dynamic range, and other methods for technical and creative control in the camera. In the digital lab, Seán shares his Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom techniques for transformations that include getting the most from Raw files, color and tonal manipulations, black-and-white conversions, toning, color tinting, masking techniques, creative layering, using texture and digital “lighting,” and making fine inkjet prints.

E-Books: Publishing Your Own Photographic Book
with Susan Hayre Thelwell
May 18 - May 22, 2009

The digital age has provided photographers with many delights, conveniences, and new opportunities. Among the latter, one of the most rewarding is the capability of creating bookstore-quality coffee-table books at home, using our own computers.

Participants in this workshop learn to use Blurb technology to make their own hardbound photography books. After choosing a theme that best presents our images, we design our dust jackets, including front and back flaps. We learn how to lay out and sequence our books page by page, knowing that creating a strong rhythm of photographs is crucial to a successful project. We also learn how to add text, edit, choose the most appropriate fonts, colors, size, italics, underlines, indentations, spacing, bullets, etc., and explore an array of special effects.

Once our books are edited and complete, we press the “Order Book” button and, voila!—about a week later, our books will be delivered to our door. Moreover, family and friends can order these books directly from Blurb, and if we wish, Blurb can list books for sale on their site.

Also coming up in May: A few spaces remain in the popular workshop The Black-and-White Master Print with George DeWolfe, May 4-8, 2009. This workshop combines advanced perceptual practice with simple tools. Create your own black-and-white masterpiece!

To register for any of the above workshops, please call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Workshops Around the World
© Raul Touzon
© Raul Touzon
Oaxaca: The Guelaguetza—Dance of the Gods
with Raul Touzon
July 18 - July 25, 2009

Guelaguetza—a Zapotec word signifying "offering"—is the term used for the annual ceremony and celebration by which the pre-Hispanic inhabitants of Oaxaca thank the gods for sufficient rain and a bountiful harvest. This workshop with Raul Touzon is based in Oaxaca City, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the richness of its cultural traditions, the wide variety of its foods, and its temperate climate, which is spring-like throughout the year.

Daily excursions to nearby villages and markets provide ample photographic opportunities. The week also includes lectures and demonstrations of digital camera settings, accurate metering and exposure, the rules of composition, and creative uses of light including flash. Other topics explored are editing, sequencing, story development, and the key tools in Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Adobe Lightroom for the development of an efficient digital workflow. Joining Raul is award-winning Mexican photographer Marcela Taboada, a long-term resident of Oaxaca, who adds her thorough knowledge of the local culture and heritage.

Please visit the web site for more details. Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© Bob Smith
© Bob Smith
The Whales of Alaska
with Scott Frier and Bob Smith
July 20 - July 27, 2009

Spend six incredible days photographing humpback whales in Auk Bay and the Inside Passage, off the coast of Juneau, Alaska. We observe them up close as they feed in groups and perform the "bubble-net" feeding technique or lunge feeding. We capture spectacular breaching displays, when the 45-foot-long whales thrust themselves into the air in a tremendous explosion of water. In addition to the whales, we can expect to encounter otters, seals, sea lions, and a wide variety of marine birds. A 40-foot-long charter boat takes us to a variety of sites around the rich waters near Juneau.

Both Bob and Scott accompany the group into the field each day and are always available to answer questions and provide assistance. In the evenings we return to our home base, the Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau. Classroom sessions include reviews and critiques of the day's images, as well as discussions on creativity and composition.

Visit the web site for more information and call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.
© John Weiss
© John Weiss

Ireland: Portraits of Western Ireland
with John Weiss
July 27 - August 6, 2009

Western Ireland is a land of remarkable light, rugged natural beauty, and warm people eager to share their rich heritage of music, folklore, literature, and history. From our home base in County Mayo, we travel south to Connemara and north to Achill Island, photographing tiny villages, hidden beaches, ancient abbeys, and Druid woods. Days are spent photographing in two or three locations—special places you could never find on your own.

Workshop leader is John Weiss and our guide is the well-known photographer and author, Ron Rosenstock. Ron has a long standing love affair with Ireland and has guided tours to Ireland for the last 30 years. His affection for the land and the people is contagious.

Accommodations are at Hillcrest House, a comfortable home, set in rolling green fields, with a view of Croagh Patrick. At our home base, which exclusively hosts photography groups, you will enjoy local culinary favorites for breakfast and dinner prepared by a resident cook. This charming setting provides both inspiration and respite.

For complete information, please contact Strabo International Tour Company at (607) 756-8676, or call John Weiss at (410) 392-2929. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

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: David Middleton
David's mentorships will focus on the subjects of nature photography, including wildlife, close-up, and landscape; near and far travel; writing; getting published/getting seen; storytelling; environmental portraiture; Adobe Lightroom; and book publishing. A gifted and enthusiastic teacher, he works with photographers of all levels and is adept at customizing his teaching to each student's needs. Many of his former students are now working professionals, and more than a dozen books have been produced under his mentoring.

This year, David is leading two travel destination workshops in New England: Fall Colors in Vermont and Autumn on the Coast of Maine.
© David Middleton
© David Middleton
© David Middleton
© David Middleton

Educational Partner: HP
With the HP Designjet Cash In & Trade Up promotion, you can get $1,200 cash back* when you upgrade from your eligible old product and purchase or lease a new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, and submit the online claim form by April 30, 2009.

And now you have the option of either keeping OR trading in your eligible old HP or non-HP large-format product—you just need to show proof that you currently own an eligible product.

Take advantage today! For more details, please visit

*U.S. residents only. Cash back provided by mail-in rebate available for eligible purchases made February 1, 2009–April 30, 2009. Additional restrictions apply. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. For qualifying product options, terms and conditions, and claim form, visit

This Month's Offer From Graphik Dimensions

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Call 877-603-7263 to enroll in the Unbranded Fulfillment Program, for only $99.95 for 12 months. Created especially for professional photographers.

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National Geographic Traveler Seminars
© Eddie Soloway
© Eddie Soloway
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

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 city:
Philadelphia, PA -- April 26, 2009

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

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