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Online Newsletter for May 2009
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

Featured Workshops in Santa Fe

Featured Workshops Around the World

Featured Workshops in San Miguel de Allende

Photography Mentorships

Educational Partner: Calumet

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Quote of the Month

"It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime trying to capture moments that added together don't even amount to a couple of hours."

— James Lalropui Keivom

Participant Image of the Month
© Richard Roberts
© Richard Roberts; Participant in "The Color of Light" workshop with Arthur Meyerson, summer 2008

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

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News Shorts
» Summer/Fall Catalog Available to Download
The summer/fall catalogs have all been mailed, so if you regularly receive mailings from us, you should be getting your copy soon! You can also download the full catalog from our web site or check out the course descriptions online. Workshops are offered in Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende and various destinations around the world including Alaska, Vermont, Maine, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

» Seasonal Staff Announced for Summer

The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is pleased to announce the seasonal staff for the upcoming summer season. We look forward to having Lauren Devon, Alyssa Bowers, and Lance Thorn with us again. Joining them for the first time are Molly McLaughlin, Cameron Salehi, Memphis Barbree, Sara Mielecki, Pei Ketron, Dustin Sammann, Katie Crutchfield, and Megan Westervelt. We look forward to a great summer season and welcome you all!

» Beat the Recession—Apply for a Scholarship
The scholarship deadline for workshops June through December is right around the corner—May 12. We are committed to creating opportunities for photographers of all ages and skill levels and we offer six $1,000 scholarships—two awarded by Nikon and four by the Workshops. The scholarships cover tuition and fees for the recipient’s workshop of choice. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. View complete details.

» Send Us Your Best Shots
We love to show off workshop participant images! Your photos should evoke the spirit of Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, or any of the other Workshops destinations. You can download the Image Call form from our web site to get started. We will compensate individuals when we use your image in our print advertising, and all electronic media use will be credited and copyrighted.

Featured Workshops in Santa Fe
Beginning Adobe Photoshop
wtih Rick Allred
June 8-12, 2009

This five-day introduction to the concepts, language, and tools of Photoshop is one of our most popular workshops. Participants master the basics of navigation, selection tools, copy and paste functions, layers and photo compositing, image adjustment tools, 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.

"Rick was a fantastic instructor—he was patient and explained things very well. The class was very well organized and a lot of fun." —Michelle Ayers, participant in Rick's April 20-24 workshop

© Janice Wendt
© Janice Wendt
The Ease of Editing: Nikon Capture NX 2 Intensive
with Janice Wendt
June 13-14, 2009

This two-day workshop explores Nikon Capture NX 2, one of the most useful image editing platforms available today. With this program, photographers can streamline the way they work with digital files, from selectively editing light and color, to creating a simple method for color management. Workshop participants learn to utilize the nondestructive editing of Capture NX 2 to adjust and enhance their imagery, eliminating the large files often created by the multiple steps required in traditional software. We analyze images for optimizing and retouching, set up raw adjustments to maximize image quality and details, and practice using the intuitive editing options and tools offered by Capture NX 2.

Also on the schedule June 21-27:

The Book Journey
with Eddie Soloway

The Color Moment with Arthur Meyerson

Mastering the Portrait with Karen Kuehn

Alternative Photographic Processes with Christopher James

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

Featured Workshops Around the World
The Figure in the Western Landscape
with Allen Birnbach
July 26 - August 1, 2009

The human figure has long been a favorite subject of artists in every medium, including photography. The elements of form, gesture, line, texture, light and shadow, and artistic intention all play vital roles in creating successful figure studies. By placing the human figure into a unique and inspiring landscape, we add the additional element of nature and open up countless new opportunities for exploring these elements. Our base for the week is a spectacular 5,000-acre ranch in Park City, Utah. The property includes large stands of aspen, streams, rock outcroppings, and a lake.

In daily field sessions, we learn how to work with models in a professional manner, to create an environment of trust and collaboration. Classroom time is devoted to discussions, critiques of the previous day’s images, and one-on-one reviews.

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

© John Weiss
© John Weiss

Peru: Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu
with John Weiss
August 29 - September 7, 2009

Nothing you may have read, no photographs or films you may have seen, can prepare you for the awe-inspiring moment when you visit Machu Picchu for the first time. It is a miraculous place, charged with the grandeur of more than six centuries of history and the legend of the Incas. This travel workshop with John Weiss is a rare opportunity to witness Peruvian traditions from the inside, and to experience first-hand a series of unique cultural and photographic opportunities.

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.

Featured Workshops in San Miguel de Allende
© Tricia Cronin
© Tricia Cronin
The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops returns to San Miguel de Allende for it's ninth year this fall. A National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel has long been a center for the arts and home to an international community of artists, writers, and sculptors.

This coming season we welcome the following new instructors to the program:
David Hobby

John Michael Coppinger
Bobbi Lane
Alison Shaw
Greg Gorman
Francesca Yorke
Joe McNally

They will be joined by
Paul Elledge & Leasha Overturf
Jock Sturges
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Eddie Soloway
Sarah Meghan Lee
Marcela Taboada

Joyce Tenneson and Jill Wilson will once again lead "A Gathering of Creative Women in Mexico" which is held at Hacienda Las Trancas, not too far from San Miguel.

All registrations placed before July 1 will receive a $100 discount on the package price. Call the Workshops to register at (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: Nevada Wier
Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Her journeys have taken her to India, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, and South America. Her images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, including National Geographic Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. Her work is represented by Getty Images, Corbis, and Blend Images. Based in Santa Fe, she is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society. This summer in Santa Fe, Nevada is leading her popular workshop Outdoor and Travel Photography.

Nevada loves teaching aspiring and inspired photographers and knows how much it means to have someone who can help with technical information, as well as challenge one’s creative juices.

© David Middleton
© Nevada Wier
© Nevada Wier
© Nevada Wier

Educational Partner: Calumet
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Available in Natural or White base tones, Brilliant Museum SilverGloss and Satin Matte papers are coated to convey the subtlest textures and gradations with amazing depth. The alpha-cellulose SilverGloss is acid-free, emulating the classic air-dried silver-halide papers used by master black-and-white printers, while the Satin Matte cotton rag features a radiant surface unlike most flat matte media.

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