On Location
Santa Fe

The Fine-Art Digital Print

with Cotton Miller

Course Description

In a world where more and more images are created every day, the question remains—how can I be different as a photographer? In the age of screen time and social media, one thing that continues to stand out is a high-quality photographic print. This hands-on program in the Workshops state-of-the-art Digital Lab in Santa Fe is for photographers new to digital printing as well as those who have been making prints for a while but know they need to improve their skills and expand their knowledge base in this ever-changing realm.

Photographer, printmaker, and teacher Cotton Miller begins this workshop by detailing printing theory and practice and how it reflects artistic expression. He guides you through the importance of color management and a proper printing workflow using Adobe Lightroom. You learn not only what it takes to make a great print, but more importantly how to make very consistent prints.

Cotton patiently reviews the critical technical concepts that lead to high-quality, expressive prints: color management, monitor calibration, color theory, and working with specific characteristics of different papers and ICC profiles. Developing your skills in these areas ultimately enhances your ability of evaluate your prints and make fine adjustments to create the beautiful color or black-and-white prints you envision.

Embracing the entire photographic process from image capture to print, this workshop explores the various qualities of a digital fine print and the development tools offered by Adobe Lightroom with supplemental adjustments in Photoshop. Cotton also introduces inkjet printing techniques on alternative substrates such as vellum and Pictorico. All the while, our focus throughout this inspiring week is on acquiring the necessary skills for producing excellent prints that you see in your mind’s eye on a consistent basis.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow using Adobe Lightroom; familiarity with Photoshop is a plus.


Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.

Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations, and daily beverage service.
Applications, Digital Printing, Digital Workflow
© Cotton Miller
Cotton Miller

Cotton Miller received his MFA in Photography & New Media in 2013 from Lesley University College of Art and Design, in Boston. In addition to being honored by The Boston Globe as one of six artists to watch in 2013, he had multiple exhibits in Boston and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2007.

Cotton is the Web Manager for Santa Fe Workshops and does web consultation projects for a variety of artists. He has designed websites for Nevada Wier, Christopher James, Alison Wright, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Santa Fe Workshops. Cotton’s personal work combines traditional printing methods with digital, alternative process, mixed media, and multimedia. He worked as a master printer for Blazing Editions in Providence and Cotton was a research assistant for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (third edition) by Christopher James. Cotton collaborates with many artists for not only web design, but also graphic design, exhibition design, exhibition production, and printing fine art editions.

Instagram: @cottonmiller

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