This three day workshop introduces the participant to Photoshop exploring the basics of image modification and some of the more advanced features that allow the creation of a fine print. It has always been true that taking the picture with the camera is only half the battle and processing in the darkroom completes the finished image. This is as true with digital as it was with film but now the processing is in the computer with Photoshop. The computer with software, printer, and additional equipment is termed the “digital darkroom”. The goal is still to improve the image and the final print to what was envisioned when taking the shot.
This workshop will take the participant through the initial stages of how the camera generates the digital file including the creation of color, then downloading it into the computer, dealing with file management, processing it in Photoshop, and finally how to prepare it for printing or sending it out on the web.. Working with Photoshop we delve into the program called Bridge, which is Photoshop’s browser with a lot of useful functionality, then the RAW window which does a significant amount of initial processing, and finally into Photoshop itself to complete the task.
By using example images, and some from the participant, the workshop demonstrates how to use Adjustment Layers and Tools to make global tonal and color adjustments. If portions of the image need work then there are several ways to select such portions of the image and, again using adjustment layers, to proceed to make more detailed tonal and color adjustments and subsequently blend these changes into the main image. The process of selection involves the making of a mask to black out the portion of the image that is not of interest. We will create and modify masks in different ways for different purposes including luminosity, channel, and gradient masks. Beyond this other useful elements and techniques are presented including textures, the Canvas, borders, panoramas, high contrast scenes, adding text, converting to black and white, toning, and sharpening.
The preparation of the image for printing will wrap up the workshop through an examination of filing, adding metadata and keywords, making backups, resizing, sharpening, understanding ICC profiles, monitor calibration, and printer idiosyncrasies. This workshop is designed to give the participant a wide range of tools to significantly improve images for a wide range of purposes including fine art, slide shows, the internet, and presentations.
Elliot Framan has a photographic history stretching back over 30 years and his work includes images taken throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, and Israel. Most of the work is fine art and travel photography but also includes commercial images. Initially working in color through Cibachrome (now Ilfochrome) he switched to black and white film photography using medium and large format cameras. He studied with many name black and white photographer/printers including George Tice, Ted Orland, John Sexton, and Alan Ross (the latter three having assisted, learned, and developed under Ansel Adams). With the advent of digital photography, he has added this medium to his talents, again returning color images into his portfolio. His activities include the entire photographic process from capturing the image to generating the final print, and it is this knowledge of the overall process that he enjoys sharing with workshop participants.
Elliot’s work includes travel photography, landscapes, documentaries, and portraits. Subjects of primary interest are dramatic travel sites, historical sites, the old west, and equestrian activities. Although New Mexico is an ideal site for much of this, his scope of interest extends to the rest of the United States, Europe, and other countries. His work has been in many juried art shows and one-man exhibitions with several first place awards in photography. Many color digital images have been seen in magazine articles and on magazine covers.
Participants are encouraged to stay in New Mexico after the workshop and tour and photograph on their own. Information for this can be provided. If there is sufficient interest, an extension to the workshop may be arranged to visit and photograph other locations.
The Elliot Framan Photography Workshops is based in Corrales, New Mexico, just outside of Albuquerque. It offers a numerous worrkshops and tours in digital photography. The studio is fully equipped for demonstrating digital image processing in Photoshop, scanning, and printing.
- Lodging, transportation to Albuquerque, meals, and New Mexico taxes
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Elliot Framan has been an active traveler and photographer his entire life. As such, he has combined travel photography, fine art photography, and commercial assignments. His images were taken throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel and other locations. Initially working in Cibachrome...
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