Photography & New Media

Code: P0304-22

    • II

      Level II

      Photography students have a basic understanding of photography principles and technology and are comfortable using an SLR camera in manual mode. New Media students have a basic understanding of video, multimedia or animation software. Students have basic computer skills and are comfortable using a Macintosh computer.

    • III

      Level III

      Photography students have some formal training and significant experience making, capturing and digitally processing images using Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop. New Media students have some formal training in conceptual and technological aspects of video, multimedia, coding or animation and are versed in the appropriate software applications. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.

Photographic Innovations With Laser Cutting and Engraving

Jun 20 - 24, 2022



Re-envision the photographic practice through the integration of laser-engraving and laser-cutting technologies into digital and/or film photography. Students incorporate new media techniques for image-based material experimentation, and explore innovative presentation and installation methods. This hands-on course encourages students to deepen their understanding of the relationship between content, material and output, as well as to discover new approaches to visualizing their ideas. In addition to individualized production, students gain an understanding of how to create unique two- and three-dimensional images and photo-sculptural objects through demonstrations, presentations and class discussions.


Digital photography and workflow, digital printing, Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator, Epilog laser cutter

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Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner is an artist and educator whose artistic practice examines health, technology and our relationship with place through photography, video and installation-based work. She earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her monograph, The Light at the End of History, was published by Daylight Books in 2021.

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Abbey Hepner, Savannah River Site, South Carolina and Georgia

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Photography & New Media

Photography has always been a vital part of Anderson Ranch, one in which students explore visual storytelling through a variety of contexts and concepts. The program has uniquely evolved to focus on both traditional photography and new media— making it one of the only workshop settings of its kind. Three floors of the Fischer Photography Center house state-of-the-art equipment, including three photography studios, two Mac labs, a traditional darkroom, and a lighting studio with strobe and continuous lighting for photography and video.

All Photography workshops are rooted in the same idea—powerful art requires rigorous inquiry of techniques and ideas. We focus on technical skills, content and critical dialog. Students have access to color-managed media labs equipped with 24-inch iMacs, flatbed and film scanners, Epson printers, and cutting-edge software including Adobe Creative Cloud. When appropriate, students utilize strobe and tungsten lighting equipment, seamless backdrops, green screen, audio and video recording equipment and Epson large-format printers.

The Ranch Photography and New Media team creates an inspiring environment, allowing artists of all levels to explore lens-based media and the journey of artistic discovery in the unparalleled setting of the Colorado Rockies.

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Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in one- and two-week adult Summer Workshops for SPE members and Center for Fine Art Photography members. Please register online and then email [email protected] with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the SPE and Center for Fine Art Photography discount does not apply to The Center / Advanced Mentored Studies program, nor can it be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer. 

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Workshop Details

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Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.

Lodging & Meals

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. 

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.


Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts

Making Art Accessible

Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.

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