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We kicked off my week-long hands on Workshop this morning, and we started right off with a segment on using Smart Objects. We created some very cool templates, based on Smart Objects, and I have to say it was really a kick seeing how excited the students were about learning this very cool technology.

We spent the rest of the morning working on some of my latest CS3 techniques, then we took an hour for lunch, and went out on a class photo shoot (three of my shots from today’s shoot are shown above—click for a larger version).

Then when we came back from our shoot, and headed back into Santa Fe’s Digital Lab, we started working right away in Lightroom. A few of the students hadn’t even used Lighroom before, but they picked it up really fast, so we worked in Lightroom for the rest of day.

After dinner, we watched three 30-minute photography presentations from three of the other instructors (there’s six of us total, teaching everything from Photoshop to Location Lighting, from to How to Market Your Work, to Portrature, and there’s even a beginner’s class on Digitial Photography). All three presentations were incredibly inspiring and informative and the crowd just ate them up. (My presentation is coming up on Wed. evening).

It was a great end to a wonderful day of sharing, learning, laughing, and fun, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. That’s it from Day 1–more tomorrow! :)

P.S. Reid Callanan, the Director of the Santa Fe Workshops, turned me on to this great photography blog from National Georgraphic photographer David Allen Harvey. Click here to see some great work.