About the Classes
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Maggie Taylor & Jerry Uelsmann
The Creative Image: Digital & Darkroom
Jerry Uelsmann began creating his photographic blends in the darkroom in the early 1960s, and to this day he continues to manipulate negatives “the old-fashioned way.” Meanwhile, his wife, Maggie Taylor, is using the computer to create her digital prints. In the context of sharing a brief history of their work, they will explore the differences and surprising similarities in these two working processes. Without going into technical detail or “how to” information, Maggie and Jerry will give an overview of their working methods and practices, sharing their thoughts on analog versus digital in today’s creative world.
Painterly Backgrounds and Masks
Follow along as Maggie Taylor shows you her process of building an image with parts that include scanned objects, digital photographs and drawings. With layers, blend modes, adjustment layers and a multitude of masks, she will show you how to build a background that has depth, and then how to place an object or character into this background in a painterly, semi-realistic fashion. If you have wondered what sorts of elements she selects for her work, and how she puts it all together, this will be a helpful and informative session. Participants should have a good working knowledge of Photoshop, including experience with layer masks and adjustment layers.
The Creative Process
Jerry Uelsmann's image presentation is designed to stretch beyond the boundaries of technology and delves into the creative process, as it explores ways to access our inner vision. In conjunction with featuring several of his signature, darkroom-crafted montages (by means of an LCD projector, no less), Jerry discusses the ideas of pre- and post-visualization, which are critical ideas when approaching subject matter utilized for photo-montage. Whether you create images with traditional or digital imaging tools doesn't matter; come learn how to implement conceptual strategies for successful image creation from a living legend in photographic history. Time is provided for an audience question and answer period with Jerry. http://www.uelsmann.com
Converting Color to Grayscale and Other Meat and Potatoes Digital Techniques
You'll never do Image>Mode>Grayscale again after seeing all the control Photoshop gives you for stunning grayscale conversions. Step further into the digital age with this information-packed session of digital excitement. Dan Burkholder will take you by the hand to explore the power that Photoshop brings to real photographers. Learn how to plunder the best of Photoshop's vast array of tools to rekindle the passion in your photography!
Selection Techniques; A Full Exposé
Knowing how to make selections accurately and quickly should at the top of your digital imaging flowchart. Learn why Dan Burkholder’s mantra, “Make a Selection and Do Something to it,” is his not-so-secret path to powerful image control in Photoshop. From Quick Mask to Alpha Channels, to Bezier Paths, Dan leaves no pixel unturned in this full-throttle digital confessional.
Sure, you know the basics of making selections in your images. But wouldn’t you like to have total control over making selections? Dig deep into the underbelly of Photoshop to learn fun and exacting ways to select just what you want in your images. Learn which techniques work best with different images types. Practice your selections based on shape, color, contrast…you’ll learn them all in this hands-on session!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Darkroom
A Chemical-to-Digital Saga
Combining more than a decade of pixel prowess with an intense background in traditional photography, digital pioneer and irreverent author Dan Burkholder pulls back the covers on his personal photographic evolution. This is your chance to see and hear Dan Burkholder’s unique photographer/artist/humorist perspective on what photography was, what it has become, and what will never change in the medium he practices with a passion. http://www.danburkholder.com
Canon Digital Capture and Lighting the Dramatic Portrait
In this seminar, Michael will demonstrate how to create stylistic and dramatic images with Canon digital capture in conjunction with the tools, techniques, and strategies of lighting portraits on location. Using his own work to illustrate this talk, he'll explain techniques for approaching subject matter, shaping areas for selective illumination, and controlling critical areas of shadow. Michael will also discuss his specialized lighting equipment, show the lighting diagrams of various sets, and reveal how he creates the striking signature work that he has become renowned for. Learn how to tap creative resources, and learn how to discover your own distinctive style of portraiture.
The hands-on workshop Michael will be leading in the afternoon will allow you to work with the techniques covered in Michael's seminar.
Michael Britt (team teaching with Michael Grecco)
You don't have to shoot everything flat for digital capture. In a hands-on continuation from the earlier "Canon Digital Capture and Lighting the Dramatic Portrait" seminar, Michael Grecco and Michael Britt will demonstrate how to best utilize the strengths of the digital camera chip. In this workshop, you will learn how to hold both shadow and highlight detail by "scrubbing the exposure" in ACR. Workflow techniques for batching large quantities of images will also be discussed.
Digital Cameras and Camera Raw
3.0 now, 3.1 sometime before the Soup2Nuts 2.0
Learn the latest features, watch a demonstration of the new features and ask all the questions you like. Tom will have his camera collection with him as well to talk about. This is your chance to get the straight talk from the horse's mouth.
If you ever do the same thing more than 3 times in Photoshop, you -REALLY- need to learn actions and how to employ Photoshop's automation capabilities. Jeff Schewe will lecture about Photoshop's automation functionality including writing and running actions, doing batch operations and using Photoshop's built-in automate tools such as Save for Web, Web Photo Galleries, Contact Sheet and Picture Package.
Workshop: In this hands-on lab you'll learn to write, edit and run actions, use Photoshop's Batch operations as well as produce contact sheets and web photo galleries. This will be an intensive 3 hour workshop and attendees will receive actions written by Jeff and learn how to produce their own-easily!
Continuing Integration of Digital Technology into today's Curriculum
Digital technology continues to advance and become a growing part of the educational landscape. Integrating this technology into today's photographic curriculum is the single most important topic educators, students and manufacturers face.
Key topics to be discussed will be:
A) Identifying a text with which to teach.
B) Making digital and traditional technology a part of every photographic conversation and how it applies to current curriculums.
C) How using digital technology can increase the creative process of educational image making.
How we as educators can build community amongst ourselves and keep this dialogue open for the future.
Color-managed workflow with Camera Raw and Photoshop CS2
In this session, we'll cover a complete color-managed workflow from capture to output. You will learn:
- The key distinctions between color management and color correction.
- An understanding of the basic science behind current color-management models, to better understand what color management can and, equally important, cannot do.
- The special challenges that digital capture presents for color management, and how to use Camera Raw's unique solution to that challenge.
- The properties of different working spaces, and their implications for the initial conversion of raw files.
- Photoshop's color management features, and how to set them effectively to obtain predictable color.
- Which corrections are best done in Camera Raw, and which corrections are best done in Photoshop.
- Soft-proofing and image optimization for different outputs.
While the focus of the session is on using color management to ensure predictable and repeatable color, you'll also learn how to use Camera Raw's powerful editing tools effectively, and useful Photoshop techniques for performing those corrections that can only be done post-conversion in Photoshop.
For our novice digital photographer attendees, we are pleased to present to you a sequence of presentations and workshops to introduce you to the world of digital photography and Photoshop. These courses are taught by experienced teachers at Wastenaw Community College.
The Workshops are held in the computer labs of Washtenaw Community College on Apple computers. Photoshop functions in the same manner on either the Apple or Windows operating system.
The recommended sequence of classes is this:
Digital Cameras - 1st or 2nd
Digital Darkroom 1st or 2nd
Adjustment layers 2nd or 3rd
This presentation is suggested as 1st or 2nd course choice for the novice digital photographer. Learn the function of the controls, buttons and menus on your digital camera. You will understand the settings for image size, quality, format, white balance, exposure mode and others in addition to learning how to effectively review and delete photographs. If you don't yet own a digital camera, learn about the features to look for in a camera prior to purchasing one!
Hands-on workshop for
Digital Cameras Cameras Up and Running
In this session you will go through the steps of taking pictures, downloading them to a computer, editing them in the File Browser, and performing basic image adjustments. Learn a simple and effective workflow for taking digital photos and managing the resulting files in preparation for printing. Participants in this workshop will use their digital cameras to make photographs on campus at the beginning of the session.
This presentation is suggested as 2nd or 3rd course for the novice. This seminar is for individuals who already have a basic proficiency of Photoshop, and want to learn how to implement techniques to control density, contrast, and color balance not just globally, but locally. Participants will understand the principles and utilization of image layers, layer masks, and adjustment layers.
In addition to experiencing how Julia adjusts the image files of her nature photography, you will apply adjustment layers to at least one of her images in a variety of ways. Learn to create and modify adjustment layers for precise photographic control. Create layer masks for local area adjustment such as burning and dodging.
This seminar shows you what to do with your photograph once it comes out of the camera and into the computer. See how to view, crop and adjust the tones of your photographs to prepare them for printing.
In this session you will navigate through the tools and palettes of Adobe Photoshop, and you will use the computer to view, crop and adjust the tones of photographs. With hands-on instruction at an Apple computer, you will learn to make the common adjustments that most photographs require.