November 6-11th, 2011, Austin TX
presented by Penny De Los Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin

Penny De Los SantosPenny De La Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin are combining their talents to present a seven day intensive photography workshop in Austin, Texas. Austin is located at the edge of the Texas hill country and is known for it’s live music scene, progressive atmosphere, swimming holes, green spaces and inviting South Congress neighborhood. This week is an ideal time to see Austin through the lens. Temperatures should be perfect ranging from the mid 50s to the mid 70s with moderate to low humidity.

This is a new kind of photography workshop that will help you shape and share the story of your mission whether that is your work, your passion, or your life. We invite you to come to Austin and learn from three photographers with 75 years of combined experience in newspaper, magazine, freelance photojournalism, documentary and fine art photography. Our world is visual. Although we are surrounded by images, using those images to clearly convey your message is a fine and complicated art form. For social organizations and non-profits, the power of your message to the outside community can make all the difference in whether you broaden your scope, building capacity that will serve donors and beneficiaries alike.

This workshop, that will include a week of photography, honest and in-depth critiques, workflow training using Adobe Lightroom, meaningful speakers and (in the tradition of Austin) fabulous food, will help anyone, whether a total beginner with a point and shoot camera or advanced photographer with a bag of lenses and experience, be a better communicator of their mission. Think of this workshop as a photographic and spiritual tune-up; a week of creativity, inspiration, reflection, and engaging discussions about photography in today’s changing media landscape.

About the instructors

Penny De Los Santos is an award winning documentary photographer known for her evocative photo essays, food, travel, and landscape photography. She has spent the past seven years photographing the Latino movement on the Texas-Mexico border which was featured in National Geographic. De Los Santos’ career launched when she was selected for the World Press Master Class in Amsterdam and a position at National Geographic. She has been a featured speaker at industry workshops and Universities nationwide. Her clients include Saveur Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, Latina and Texas Monthly.  She is based in Austin, Texas.

Lynn JohnsonPhotojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense photojournalistic work. Dividing her time between assignments for National Geographic and various foundations, Johnson has traveled from Siberia to Zambia photographing celebrities like Tiger Woods, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mister Rogers and the entire Supreme Court. Her vision is subtle. She invites the viewer to find the meaning in the frame. Her shooting style is equally low key allowing her subjects to reveal themselves to the camera. The photographs she strives for are compassionate. After 30 years of practicing photography, she sees her personal work moving from that of an observer to advocate. Johnson earned a B.A. in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a Staff Photographer at The Pittsburgh Press for seven years. She is currently represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

Scott Martin is a fine art photographer and digital photography consultant. As the founder of Onsight, he has been working with digital photography since the 1980s and has been training photographers one-on-one and leading photography workshops since the early 90s though organizations like the Texas Photography Society and the Santa Fe Photography Workshops. With full-time devotion to on-location consulting for over a decade, his experience with a wide variety of imaging equipment, papers, inks and applications allows him to consult with some of the most demanding photographers, pro labs, artists, designers and prepress professionals in the business. His classes are packed with enthusiasm and real-world suggestions.

Target audience

Professional photographers, serious amateurs and those wanting to make photography a passionate part of their lives. A working knowledge of computers and photography is required. An appetite for creative excellence is a must.


Scott MartinSouth Austin
details to be announced


We feel that inspiring food feeds the inspired mind. Roughly half of the meals will be catered to this workshop and are included with the price of tuition. Participants will be on their own for other meals. Austin has a lot to offer in this respect and we will encourage visiting a variety of exciting nearby restaurants.


Sorry, this workshop is sold out! Email us to get on the waiting list.

The price for the workshop is/was $995 plus lodging. For a workshop with three great instructors and a small number of participants, we think you’ll find this to be an excellent value.

Once registered, you will be contacted with more information about the workshop. Refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee to cover expenses are available until the payment due in full date. Full payment will be due by October 6, 2011. If you need to cancel after October 6, 2011, you will be refunded the amount you paid, less your deposit. If the program is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Next, you’ll want to secure accommodations for staying in Austin!


1504 Treadwell Street
Austin TX 78704
1504 Treadwell Street, Austin TX 78704

Workshop participants encouraged to stay at nearby hotels or B&B’s in Austin. We recommend the San Jose, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency and the Radisson which are are all nearby. Plan to arrive on or before the evening of the 6th, and checking out on the 11th or 12th.  The workshop begins with a dinner social at 6pm on Sunday the 6th. Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations..

What to bring

Workshop participants should bring their their cameras (film or digital), a tripod, and computer to develop images with (if available). An open mind, willingness to learn, hunger for great food and imagery.

Thank you, and we’ll see you in Austin!

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