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.