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© Nina Margiotta
©Nina Margiotta, participant in David X. Tejada’s Small Strobes, Big Results, March 2011


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© L. Michele Noles
Our SUMMER Photo Contest is a great way to share your work… and perhaps win a workshop! © L. Michele Noles, winner of the Director’s Award in our LIGHT contest.

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»As Summer Fades, The Photo Contest Heats Up

Image © Bobbi Lane

Summer is drawing to an end, and the last days of beaches and barbeques are upon us. With the scent of suntan lotion still fresh, it’s the perfect time to pause and think about what images you’re going to enter in the SUMMER photo contest. But don’t pause too long. The deadline is September 21st!

This is a contest that has it all. Truly stellar prizes like:

    · a workshop of your choice in Santa Fe
    · a Nikon COOLPIX P300 Digital Camera
    · a Bron Imaging California Sunbounce Micro Mini
    · a Think Tank Photo’s Airport Security V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag
    · a Calumet 42x78” Aluminum Frame and Three-Fabric Panel Kit
    · a range of Nik Software
    · a Blurb gift certificate for $500
    · a VisualServer web site account for one year
    · a Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
    · Santa Fe Photographic Workshops gift certificates

Top-flight jurors:

    · the Director of Photography for The New York Times Magazine
    · the Editor-in-Chief of VII magazine
    · a nationally known fine art photographer
    · the Curator of Photography of the New Mexico Museum of Art
    · the director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

And the topic of SUMMER—wide open and relevant to all of us, no matter what type of photographer we are.

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»A Guerilla of a Scholarship Contest

Image © Embry Rucker

Embry Rucker is like a force of nature. Several years ago he added motion to his photographic bag of tricks, and now he wants to get everyone in the groove. He’s teaching Motion: A Guerilla Approach to Expanding Your Vision to Motion October 26-29 in Santa Fe, and to sweeten the deal he’s giving away $500 scholarships—four of ‘em! The Grand Prize Winner will receive: $500 scholarship, a free one-year site hosting on LiveBooks and a Think Tank Street Walker Backpack. Three Runner Up’s win a $500 scholarship. (Scholarships can only be used for Embry’s workshop.)

Make a video that shows Embry why you should get the scholarship—begging, pleading, a day in the life. Shoot with a camera, a phone or a Cineflex, whatever. Try to keep it under 3 minutes. Upload your video on Embry’s contest page on Facebook. Get shooting now… the deadline is September 8th!

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»Fall Season Summary

Our Fall 2011 season begins October 5. With four-day workshops that run Wednesdays through Saturdays you’re looking at less time, less money, same great Workshops experience!

© Cathy Maier Callanan
© Cathy Maier Callanan

October 5-8
Overcome your apprehensions about photographing people in… Photographing People with Cathy Maier Callanan; Cathy’s daily field sessions help you build confidence with group support. Under Greg Gorman’s guidance, work with models and explore the fine art of communicating with one’s subject in Capturing the Soul of a Portrait.

Spend an action-packed four days with Nevada Wier and Carlan Tapp Flash and Low-Light Travel Photography; it’s a total travel photography experience, including training you to work with accessories that are easily carried in your camera bag. Rick Allred includes hands-on demonstrations, in-the-field photography, practical exercises and evening lab hours in Adobe Photoshop for Photographers.

© Norman Mauskopf
© Norman Mauskopf

October 12-15
Norman Mauskopf takes you on a visual, emotional, and intellectual excursion into creating powerful photographic sequences in Visual Storytelling. Paul Elledge and Leasha Overturf inspire you to forgo traditional rules and develop a fresh approach to making portraits in The Contemporary Black-and-White Portrait. Jennifer Spelman patiently and energetically guides you through the variables of aperture, shutter speeds, settings and shooting modes in the Basics of Digital Photography.


© Francesca Yorke
© Francesca Yorke

October 19-22
Join Francesca Yorke for a get-close macro photography adventure, including backgrounds, lens choices and framing, in Macro Photography: The World Up Close. Create photographs that go far beyond the “I was there” pictures with Mark Edward Harris in The Fine Art of Travel Photography. Experience the autumnal landscape of Northern New Mexico, move through efficient image editing, and make well-crafted prints with Stephen Johnson in The Land, the File, the Print.

With Michael Crouser as your guide, begin the journey to developing and honing your own personal aesthetic in Finding Your Voice as a Photographer. And it’s Photo Lighting 101 with Douglas Merriam’s Photographic Lighting Techniques; come practice with professional lighting equipment and gain a solid understanding of how light works.

© David Halpern
© David Halpern

October 26-29
During four days working with David Halpern and the uniquely inspiring resources of Santa Fe, you explore the play of light on natural colors, forms, and textures in Seeing in Black and White. With Embry Rucker’s lectures, demonstrations, and production projects you gain hands-on experience in Motion: A Guerilla Approach to Expanding Your Vision to Motion. Allen Birnbach has a straightforward goal for Pop! Adding Drama with Portable Flash: help you develop the technical skills that enable you to fulfill your artistic vision, no matter what the circumstances.

Rick Allred makes breaking through technical barriers and launching into a new realm of great photographs lots of fun in Basics of Digital Photography. With a focus on lighting and relating to your subject, learning through doing is modus operandi with Michael O'Brien in Portraits: A Personal Style.

»New This Fall: "Capture to Print” Workshops

Grab your camera, head out into the field, then return to The Workshops to process and print with these two extraordinary opportunities for the full photographic process.

© David Halpern
© David Halpern

Bisti Wilderness: Capture to Print
with David Halpern
October 6-October 11

Let your imagination run wild in this geological wonderland, then translate your captures into expressive prints. David, your veteran landscape photographer/instructor, shares his enthusiasm and his vision for the Bisti while encouraging self-expression.

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© Ken Carl
© Ken Carl

Great Sand Dunes: Capture to Print
with Tony Bonanno
October 13-October 18

Your adventure begins in one of the most remarkable landscapes of the American West. Tony shares the in-depth knowledge he gained as a professional photographer, master printer, and former National Park Service’s Chief Ranger in this scenic and well-rounded experience.

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» News from Our Partners

Coming Soon from CENTER

Portfolio Bootcamp, Sept 23-24, 2011 Santa Fe, NM. CENTER hosts an intimate weekend workshop, review and conference dedicated to helping photographers refine their creative edge and ignite their brands. Esteemed editors, curators, and publishers will work closely with you to help maximize your impact and get more out of your work.

Click here to learn more »

Among Giants Event, September 22, 7pm

Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater is pleased to present an evening of storytelling and images with Charles “Flip” Nicklin, the world’s premier whale photographer. Tickets start at $10: Proceeds benefit Future Voices of New Mexico film and photography program for students, a partnership among The Lensic, National Geographic All Roads Film Project and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

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