Three New Winter 2014 Printing Weekend Workshops at Maine Media

"Hope Elephants #1", Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.
“Hope Elephants #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. Courtesy Hope Elephants.

In addition to the new Winter Night Landscape workshop I’m teaching in late February, I also will be teaching three weekend printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops this winter. I’m teaching a 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing workshop on March 15th-16th and a second time on April 26th-27th. I’m also teaching a 2-day Advanced Digital Printing workshop on April 5th-6th. I’m happy to answer any questions about either of the courses, and if you’d like to sign up, please click the links and go to the Maine Media Workshops site and follow the steps there. You can find all of my upcoming workshops here.

Here is the course description for the Introduction to Digital Printing workshop:

Bring your digital images to print form in this informative 2-day introductory workshop.

Learn techniques essential for generating high quality digital prints by exploring the relationship between image processing software like Adobe Lightroom and your printer. This course covers the basics of digital color and black & white printing, how to process images for print, common problems digital photographers encounter and how to develop a cohesive personal workflow for consistent output. Students generate and print images on a luster papers using Epson or Canon printers. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.

And here is the course description for the Advanced Digital Printing workshop:

Advance your printmaking in this intensive 2-day workshop.Students who have made the leap into digital printmaking may have learned the basics, but if you are striving to advance yourself, this workshop is for you. Students are exposed to use and evaluate the latest Epson printers, ink, papers, and profiles. An integrated approach to using Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom will all be detailed and practiced. This intense 2-day workshop goes deeper into fine-art printmaking and explains the tools needed to understand how it differs from making a basic print. Through direct classroom demonstration, critiques, and lectures, students learn a variety of techniques and tools that will help improve and refine both their digital files and print output. Participants leave with finished prints and the knowledge needed to get the results they are looking for. Also, students leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.

The Winter Night Landscape Workshop

"Cold Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Cold Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Coming up this winter I’m teaching a new workshop at Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops — The Winter Night Landscape. The workshop extends from February 23rd to March 1st, 2014. I’m very excited about teaching this workshop in one of my favorite times of year here…and the little bit of snow we had this morning (okay, very little bit) has whetted my appetite for winter shooting. Night photography in winter obviously can be cold (at least here in Maine), but it can also be strikingly beautiful and this far north you can get a few hours of shooting in BEFORE dinner.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and please contact MMW if you’d like to sign up. You can see all my upcoming workshops listed here.

Here’s the description from the Maine Media site:

Exposing the night sky during the most beautiful time of year in Maine

This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of photographing the landscape at night as well as the night skies during the most beautiful time of year here in Maine. Night landscape photography during the winter provides students with an exciting new perspective on the landscape when the skies are most colorful and dramatic, allowing students to create photographs that have a mood and look all their own. By expanding their repertoire with night photography, photographers can push their technical and creative limits, and thus learn techniques and skills that can be applied to all of their creative work.

Photographing at night presents many challenges, both in technique at the time of shooting and in unique aspects in processing the images in the digital darkroom and creating fine prints. Students will gain an understanding of how to use the best techniques in the field to maximize the possible quality of the resulting photographs, both technically and compositionally. Students will also learn how to properly process and prepare night photographs, with all their subtleties and characteristics, for display and print.

The class will combine significant time in the field in the evening and at night with the remaining time being spent either in the digital darkroom or in a workshop setting discussing technique, composition, and reviewing and discussing images.

2013 Workshops with Maine Media Workshops

"64 Minutes, Barrett's Cove", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“64 Minutes, Barrett’s Cove”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very excited to officially announce that I’ll be teaching two week-long workshops next year at Maine Media Workshops in lovely Rockport, Maine.

The first one is a new workshop I’ve designed called The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print that will run from September 29th to October 5th. You can sign up here, and the course description is as follows:

In this course, students learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, and local and global edits to color and tonality.

We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, many of the plethora of options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision.

Particular consideration is given to printing large prints. Students have the opportunity to examine the challenges of printing on a large scale and to learn a wide range of techniques for maximizing overall print quality and for creating and handling large prints. We discuss a variety of different printing technologies and create large prints of the student’s work on the large format printers available at the Workshops.

Students also have ample opportunity to shoot in the field and to apply all of the techniques learned on their own images. Students are required to shoot digital with a DSLR camera of at least 12 megapixels.

The second course is a repeat of my Night Landscape Photography course from last year (though this year we will be shooting different subjects as we will be near the full moon rather than the new moon). The image leading this post is one taken as an experiment during the 2012 course. The course will run from October 13th to October 19th, 2013. To sign up go here, and the course description is as follows:

This course is designed for students interested in exploring the possibilities of photographing the landscape at night as well as the night skies. Night landscape photography provides students with an exciting new perspective on the landscape, allowing students to create photograph that have a mood and look all their own. By expanding their repertoire with night photography, photographers can push their technical and creative limits, and thus learn techniques and skills that can be applied to all of their creative work.

Photographing at night presents many challenges, both in technique at the time of shooting and in unique aspects in processing the images in the digital darkroom and creating fine prints. Students will gain an understanding of how to use the best techniques in the field to maximize the possible quality of the resulting photographs, both technically and compositionally. Students will also learn how to properly process and prepare night photographs, with all their subtleties and characteristics, for display and print.

The class will combine significant time in the field in the evening and at night with the remaining time being spent either in the digital darkroom or in a workshop setting discussing technique, composition, and reviewing and discussing images.

Large Format Printing workshop at Maine Media

"Last Light, Acadia", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

This September I’ll be teaching a week-long workshop for Maine Media Workshops in neighboring Rockport. The workshop is entitled “Large Format Printing” and will cover all aspects of digital printing with special emphasis on the particular difficulties of larger prints. We’ll get out into the field for photography in beautiful Midcoast Maine as well, of course. The workshop runs from September 2nd to the 9th, and you can find more information on signing up and the wonderful Maine Media experience on their site.

I’ve been a fan and student of Maine Media for years and I’m incredibly excited to be part of their workshop faculty. If you have any questions about Maine Media or this workshop, I’m happy to answer any questions or to give you more information.

I have a new workshop page on my photography website, one with upcoming workshops I’ll be teaching and one with an overview of my various photography and fine art digital printing workshops.