Alec Kaus (b. 1992, Nebraska) is an artist and photographer currently living and working in Maine. While pursuing his BA in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln he served as the President of the UNL Fine Art Photo Club, and has since interned at the Sheldon Museum of Art and worked as the Gallery Assistant at Prescott Art Gallery, both in Lincoln, Nebraska, and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. Alec is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, and is involved with both the LGBTQ and Multicultural Caucuses. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, and have most recently been included in an upcoming exhibition at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. His current work explores themes of transition, identity, and home.
This one-week course provides an in-depth investigation into capturing images and using a workflow methodology for photographers to create images in their intended vision and push beyond the boundaries of the camera.
Working with raw files, students use both global and local adjustments in Lightroom to control color and contrast on the first day and then dive into Photoshop for further refinement. Fundamental Photoshop concepts such as retouching and adjustment layers, along with masking, layer blending and sharpening techniques are covered and practiced in the lab. Students will then work with Epson printers to see their images come to life in a final printed form.
Other topics explored throughout the week are image content and composition, camera controls and lens choices, file management and workflow concepts, specific considerations for both color and black and white images, histograms and controlling color from capture to output.
Outside of the lab, students explore Maine's scenery to create new images. Participants experience the myriad possibilities digital imaging offers both in the field and in the lab. Daily lectures, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on lab work provide students with the opportunity to advance their skills and take their images to the next level. Participants leave the Workshops with newfound digital knowledge and prints of their images that showcase the week's intensive lab work.
- What you will learn:
- Adjustment layers
- Blending modes
- Retouching for fashion and contouring
This course is the continuation of the Introductory Digital Photography workshop, preparing students for practicing digital photography at a higher level. An understanding of camera functions in manual mode, shooting RAW and a good understanding of Adobe Lightroom are required.
Students are to bring a Digital SLR camera and Tripod or can borrow one for the week from the Workshops' Digital Service Department. (An external hard drive of at least 500GB will be required to take your new images and catalog home) This class is held in one of our digital classrooms, Macintosh computers will be provided.
Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $125.
"I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in understanding Photoshop fundamentals"
- Eric Groves, Acton, MA
"The amount of creativity in one place is overwhelming and exciting, making the experience rich and memorable."
- Sadie Heisler, New York City, NY
"This was unquestionably one of the most rewarding learning experiences I've ever had."
- Fred Kosak, Jamaica Plains, MA
"Without being too cheesy...I really enjoyed the unique atmosphere the entire workshop has, in particular the little family we made in advanced digital."
- Lucy Heisler, New York City, NY
Kate Sfeir is a photographer and graphic designer from Santiago, Chile. After studying marketing and graphic design in Miami, she honed her skills as a graphic and web designer for fifteen years before focusing on photography. As an architectural photographer, she has traveled throughout North America and the Caribbean to capture unique still images of high-end boutiques and spas. Her work with top designers in Miami has led to photographs in Florida Design, Florida International Magazine, Miami Home Decor, and Fisher Island Magazine.
A love of the outdoors and her connection with Maine Media Workshops + College has brought her to Maine, where she now calls Camden home. She continues to work on editorial and commercial photography and is always open to new projects and collaborations.