The Fine Digital Print

This 5-day workshop is for those with experience in photography, who want to advance their DSLR capabilities, use these capabilities to photograph in scenic New Mexico, and to explore creative elements to generating fine prints using Photoshop.  The overall photographic process will be reviewed to assure that all participants are familiar with the many elements involved.  We will start with the image itself, working on composition, visualization, lighting, perspective, lens effects, progressing to some of the more complex problems of panoramas, high contrast scenes, extended depth of field, long exposures and dark scenes, and moving subjects.

The workshop will go in depth to provide a complete knowledge of the camera and west palm photo booths and its capabilities.    Starting with how the camera operates using CCDs or CMOS sensors, buffer storage, and a flash card, we then discuss mega pixels, formats (JPEG, RAW, TIFF, et al), bit depth, color profiles, histograms, gamut sensing, and the overpowering list of menu options.  This knowledge allows us to go into the how of using the camera.  Basic controls of ISO, focus, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance will be reviewed prior to discussing the several advanced features which include exposure priorities, multi-mode metering, multi-mode focusing, multiple shots and bracketing, mirror lockup, plane of focus, calibration, and in-camera processing.  This will be discussed in non-technical terms assuring understanding by all participants. There will be several field trips which give us the opportunity to capture images in various locations in New Mexico and  let us apply the capabilities and techniques learned above.

Some of the participant’s images will be used to demonstrate the procedures and capabilities of Photoshop.  We will talk about workflow and proceed with a familiarization with Photoshop.  After processing in the RAW window, the image is then brought into Photoshop proper, where we will apply global and then local adjustments.  After seeing what the basic functions of burning and dodging, using overlay layers, highlight and shadow adjustments, perspective cropping, selecting and local processing, and more can do, we can address more specialized capabilities.  Some of these are soft focus effects, composite images, generating panoramas, high dynamic range processing, use of Lab, and converting the color images to black and white, including toning.  Calibrating the monitor, reviewing printer profiles for different printers and papers, and adjustments for printing bring us to some closure.

There will be some group dinners (cost of the dinners is not included in the workshop fee) followed by evening sessions, where we review prints and discuss how they were taken and processed.  Participant’s prints are encouraged for critiquing by all present.