Advanced Digital Photography (WS)

Discover an arsenal of digital tools for astounding image refinement

© Mitsuyoshi Yabe

Learn a solid foundation of what Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop have to offer the photographer interested in advanced image making. This one-week course provides an in-depth investigation into capturing images and using a workflow methodology to have images arrive at the photographer’s intended vision. Working with raw files, students use both global and local adjustments in Lightroom to control color and contrast and then move onto an introduction to Photoshop for further refinement. Fundamental Photoshop concepts such as layers, masking, and sharpening techniques are covered and practiced in the lab. The focus of image manipulation is to maintain image quality and prepare images for printing on various paper options. Other topics explored throughout the week are image content and composition, camera controls and lens choice, 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:

Advanced Lightroom techniques, core Photoshop basics including layers, masks, adjustments, selections, and photography tools. Advanced camera functions and deeper understanding of light and composition.

Prerequisite:

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.

Class needs:

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 120GB 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.

This class is part of a multi-course sequence and may qualify for a discounted tuition of 10%.  Contact registrar@mainemedia.edu for details.

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) qwithour lodging $100.

Testimonials:

"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

 

Instructors

Alan Vlach

© Keri WhersAlan Vlach is a fine art photographer with a deep commitment to the traditional darkroom while fully embracing new technologies. He works extensively with digital enlarged negatives and historical processes as well as digital printmaking.

In 2004 – 2005 he attended the Certificate Program at Rockport College. In 2006 he began capturing images digitally, working in Photoshop to create enlarged negatives and positives for use in historical processes including platinum/palladium, kallitype, salted paper, cyanotype and, most recently, photopolymer gravure.

He has been teaching at the Maine Media Workshops since September 2007.

His most recent work is part of the Portland Museum of Art exhibition: “Between Past and Present: The Winslow Homer Studio Project”.

Alan resides in Trenton and Portland, Maine.