Digital Printing for the Fine Art Photographer
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of this workshop are currently scheduled for 2017, at the following locations:
(click on name to go to workshop details).
These workshops will cover what you need to know to make the finest digital prints from your film or digital camera files. From adjustment/optimization, to orchestrating the light, I will share what I've learned in 35 years of making prints. You will learn ways to make your images stronger and more compelling. This workshop is not for beginners—you need experience in using Lightroom (or Adobe Camera Raw) and with Photoshop.
The “Fine Art” in the title just means that you are willing to devote the time and effort to explore and optimize your images to their fullest potential. This class will give you the tools to go beyond your film or digital camera file, and spur your imagination to create stronger interpretations of your images. Much discussion will center on critiquing prints (produced both before and during the class) and exploring what makes an exceptional print. This workshop will engage both the right and left sides of your brain!
Students will need to be quite familar with Photoshop, as that is our primary image editor (after Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw).
There will be a healthy discussion of color management and how to diagnose if a problem is due to your monitor calibration—or your printer profiles—or both! You will receive an invaluable "reference print" that can be used to test your printer, printer profile, and printer dialog settings. The pros and cons of many printer choices will be discussed and demonstrated with actual comparison prints.
This workshop requires homework! About 2 months before the class, I will mail out my 87 page workbook, Optimizing Images For Printing: Effective and Efficient Techniques to Optimize Images. This tutorial includes exercise files, so you can practice these techniques at home. You will discover the power of the most versatile adjustment layer of them all—curves. This handout covers what I consider the essential techniques to optimize and fine tune your images. Learning these techniques will not only increase your productivity, but result in stronger interpretations of your own images. I also ask everyone to bring some of their current prints to the workshop for critiques.
I have presented this workshop over seventy times at various locations around the country. As they say, “practice makes perfect”, and I am constantly refining what and how I present the material in this workshop. I strive to eliminate the superfluous, and present just the information that you need to effectively and efficiently process, refine, and print your own images.
Subjects covered will include
WORKFLOW FOR FINE ART PRINTING
The Master file concept
DIGITAL CAMERA FILES
Using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
Getting the most of our your digital capture
What to do in Lightroom—and what to save for Photoshop
Using Smart Objects
Using color management to insure consistent results from monitor to final print
How do I get good profiles for my monitor, scanner, and printer?
Using the supplied "reference print" to diagnose your own setup and profiles
Recommended techniques for working on files
Photoshop selection tools—tips and techniques
Setting density and color balance
Retouching, burning and dodging
Preparation of files for output to various printers
Using the “Smart-sharpening” action script (included)
Can my print be stronger? And what to do to improve it
What makes an effective print?
Archival methods of mounting and matting digital prints
Students will get to fine-tune and print using their own images. I will spend time working with each person individually to discuss and refine the adjustments to your image in RAW development and/or Photoshop. You must be familiar with Photoshop, which would include performing basic tonal adjustments with layers or curves, painting on layer masks, resizing, cropping, etc.
Which workshop to take? All the 3-5 day classes cover essentially the same material. Locations vary, as do facilities and fees charged. The Ansel Adams Workshops include the opportunity to participate in field photography sessions in Yosemite Valley. For both workshops, it is recommended that you bring your own computer or laptop. There are a few computers available, but you will need to let me know to reserve one for you (numbers limited). Picture Element is also offering an "alumni" workshop for those who have survived one of my regular workshops. All the workshops have received excellent ratings from students.
CHARLES CRAMER has been photographing and making prints for 35 years. In 1997, he started scanning his original 4x5 inch transparencies at very high resolution and digitally applying the photographic techniques he used in dye transfer printing. He has taught digital imaging for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, Palm Beach Workshops, Anderson Ranch Workshops, the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging, the Luminous Landscape workshops, and others. He was also fortunate to have the great Bill Atkinson co-instruct with him at many of these workshops. Charles Cramer’s landscape work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association. He has been profiled in PhotoTechniques, PhotoVision, Outdoor Photography (UK), and View Camera Magazines. He is also included in the book “Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers”, now available in paperback! His work can be seen in galleries internationally, and at his website, www.charlescramer.com.
Santa Clara, California (Silicon Valley!)
Three Day Workshops
For workshop description, see the top of this page.
If you want to sign up for these workshops, you'll need to email me. Let me know which session you're interested in, along with:
1. Any previous classes or workshops you've attended
2. Experience with Photoshop
3. What you want to get out of the workshop
Thoughtful attention to these questions will be appreciated.
The Dates for 2017 are: March 3-5, June 9-11, July 14-16
Fee for class: $1250, plus lab fee of $75 Class limited to 8
Picture Element specializes in high-end reproductions of art of all kind, and have a wonderful facility with three large-format Epson printers. Picture Element is also expert in the production of prints on canvas. The classroom is quite large, with an excellent setup for viewing lots of prints at one time. Although they can provide a few computers, most students will need to bring their own laptops with the imaging software that you use. Classes will go from 8:30 AM to 9 PM on Friday & Saturday, 9-5 on Sunday.
Photographer Rex Naden will be our full-time assistant. Contact me for information or to enroll.
Alumni Print-Making Session! April 7-9 · Fee: $1350 plus Lab fee of $120 · Limited to 8 · Same meeting times as above · Includes discussions and demonstrations of handling problem images, with majority of class time devoted to helping students optimize and fine-tune their own images, with extra time printing. Prerequisite: Having attended any of my previous workshops.
OUR REFUND POLICY
If you need to cancel prior to 21 days before the class, you will receive a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Refunds cannot be made for withdrawals initiated within 21 days of the first day of the workshop, including last-minute cancelled flights—for that you want trip insurance. But, if we can fill your spot with another student, you will receive a full refund for the class tuition. If we need to cancel, you will receive a complete refund of the class tuition. Although we rarely need to cancel a workshop, it can happen. If you are flying, please make sure you get tickets that are refundable or can be changed.
The Ansel Adams Gallery
Yosemite National Park
Five Day Classes
Dates for 2017 : May 2-6 and November 14 - 18 (Sorry—both are already full, but a waiting list isavailable).
Fee for class: $1350 · Class limited to 8
These five day workshops include field sessions in and around Yosemite Valley. I have chosen the dates for their photographic potential. May will have the freshness of Spring, with lots and lots of water! The dogwood should also be in bloom. The November dates will feature the wonderful variety of Fall color in the Valley. The sun also stays at more of an angle, creating more interesting light.
The Gallery has just remodeled Ansel's workroom (next to his darkroom) for workshop use, so this is a location with lots of history. And the location in the heart of Yosemite Valley is unbeatable. (A few steps out the door, and there's Yosemite Falls!). The Gallery has a collection of excellent printers, including an Epson 3800 and an HP Z3100.
I'm proud to have taught workshops for the Ansel Adams gallery for 28 years now, covering subjects from Dye Transfer and Cibachrome Masking to the current digital imaging and printing. (...from the darkroom, to "Lightroom"...)
MONO LAKE AND THE EASTERN SIERRA: EXPLORING AUTUMN LIGHT
CHARLES CRAMER AND JOHN SEXTON
October 15-20, 2017
By popular demand we are pleased to once again offer this extremely popular workshop. The Mono Basin and Eastern Sierra have some of the most exciting photographic opportunities imaginable. Autumn light and fall colors will add to the magic and wonder of this area. This field workshop will allow you to explore the spectacular photographic possibilities of this amazing landscape under the leadership of two skilled and talented photographers, Charles Cramer and John Sexton, and is open to dedicated photographers working with either traditional or digital materials. The most important thing is to come with an open mind and a desire to work hard at improving your photography. If you are interested in attending this workshop please send your application soon. It is certain that the session will be fully subscribed.
John and Charlie have selected a number of exciting locations to explore during the workshop. We will be photographing late and early light on the unique tufa formations at Mono Lake, as well as exploring nearby beautiful Sierra canyons and the spectacular Yosemite high country. Sexton and Cramer, along with workshop assistant Anne Larsen, will be available to assist participants in the field and will be offering indoor instruction sessions. We will utilize a large, comfortable classroom facility in Lee Vining, just a few hundred yards from the shore of Mono Lake and within walking distance of our motel. Along with instructor presentations and demonstrations, an important aspect of the workshop will be constructive portfolio reviews of prints that participants bring to the workshop. It will be a time of great scenery, photography, and camaraderie.
Included in the workshop fee will be a specially catered dinner the final night of the workshop, as well as two lunches in the field, along with handout booklets from both Charlie and John. Lodging, additional meals, and transportation costs are the responsibility of each participant. Each workshop is limited to fourteen people, and no guests are allowed. Early enrollment is advised. The workshop begins on Sunday morning, and ends late Friday evening.
Fee: $1650 (Includes all park entrance and permit fees)
NEW WORKSHOP FOR 2017
Visionary Wild Workshops will present a workshop with Justin Black and myself, August 12 - 19, where we will explore the dramatic granite spires, alpine lakes, and meadows in Wyoming's Wind River Range. There will be only eight participants, so you'll get lots of attention from the two instructors. We will do a horseback ride to the camp site, where a camp manager and backcountry chef will take great care of us! This is a "drop" or "spot" trip, meaning that all of our gear, coolers of fresh food, etc., will be carried in on horseback, and our camp will serve as our base for short hikes to explore the Cirque's rich photographic opportunities. This class was previously announced and is full, but there's a waiting list!