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View of Cape Cod bay from workshop location. Photo by Nicole Mordecai.


October 13 -17, 2024

Workshop Instructor: Karin Rosenthal

Reflections are powerful vehicles for expanding photographic styles. They can facilitate abstract thoughts, create mystery, invite complexity, or even change mood.  Water is a perfect reflective medium to partner with and there is no better place to find reflections than the National Seashore on Cape Cod.  We will be working out of a house on the bay in Wellfleet just steps away from shallow tidal pools, with many ponds and streams close by.

During daily shoots at different water locations, students will discover repeatable principles of handling light. Reflections happen differently in sun, shade and overcast and can be controlled for creative effect, even allowing different layers of content to fuse like collages. A wide variety of subjects can be photographed including faces, hands, clothed bodies, pieces of nature, favorite personal objects, and photographic prints. 

Slide shows of other artists’ work will introduce students to creative possibilities while daily critiques and discussions will focus on how best to harness water and reflection to expand each student’s style. The goal of the workshop is for students to stretch their aesthetics and concepts into new creative spaces.


In this Sunday to Thursday intensive workshop, students will be guided by the highly experienced photographer and educator, Karin Rosenthal, renowned for her use of water and reflection to create many unique series of images.


Workshop Details and Cost

Sunday, October 13 to Thursday, October 17, 2024, Wellfleet, MA (address will be provided when deposit is received)

$1100 per student or $1000 if you sign up before July 1st (lodging not included)

$500 deposit to hold your spot

Full payment due September 15

Payment accepted by check or Venmo:

  • By check- Contact Karin at for her mailing address

  • By Venmo:  Karin Rosenthal@Karin-Rosenthal (last 4 numbers of phone number: 2782)

Maximum 8 students, minimum 4 students to run the workshop

See below for Cancellation Policy.

Sample Photos
Here's a selection of Karin's photos showing the kinds of images you might make in this workshop.

You are free to stay anywhere, but if you're looking for a simple, clean room 10 minutes from the workshop venue, check out the Even'tide Resort Motel and Cottages.


Required for workshop:

Digital camera and lenses, laptop to download images with photo-editing software for selecting and adjusting images, and a flash drive to transfer photos for critiques.

Cancellation Policy

The workshop can be cancelled until August 31 for a full refund of deposit. Between August 31 and Sept. 15, $400 of the deposit is refundable. After Sept. 15, when full payment is due, any cancellation is non-refundable unless we or you are able to replace your registration. In the case of a replacement, you would receive a full refund minus a $100 fee.


About the Instructor

Karin Rosenthal is a Boston-based fine art photographer who has taught workshops and print critique classes for 30 years.  At the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2016, she curated 37 Photographers/ One Model with nudes in nature by her and her workshop students of a male dancer in his fifties, that overturned conventions of nude photography.  In 2013, as a Resident Artist/Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, she initiated and co-curated an exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Karin received an alumna Traveling Fellowship to photograph in Greece for a year.  Since then, her photographs utilizing water and reflections have been exhibited internationally, collected widely and reside in 17 museum collections, including Boston’s MFA, the Brooklyn Museum, the ICP, and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG).  They have won numerous international awards and have been shown and sold at the prestigious AIPAD exposition in NYC.  Her photograph in First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography at YUAG was selected to represent the show of 100 images by famous 20th Century photographers and was featured in the New York Times review. 

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