Realize your artistic vision in the digital fine print.

© Jim NickelsonIn 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.


Jim Nickelson

Jim Nickelson is a photographer specializing in landscape, nature, abstract and night photography in the square format. His interest in the beauty and complexity of the natural world drives his work and he often explores the edges found in nature --- the edge between land and sea, sea and sky, day and night, and between one season and the next. His work also examines the passage of time as well as the shapes and forms of the natural world.

Jim works full time as a fine art photographer and custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions) and  teaches workshops on photography and digital printing both privately and through Maine Media Workshops. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate lawyer. Jim makes his home in Camden, Maine, with his amazing wife and daughter.

Jim has received numerous awards and exhibited widely, including in museums or galleries such as the Photo Resource Center at Boston University (Boston, MA), Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA), Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockport, ME), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor, ME), Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston, ME), Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), VoxPhotographs (Portland, ME), Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), Preston Contemporary Art Center (Mesilla, NM), Ten High Street Gallery (Camden, ME), Jonathan Frost Gallery (Rockland, ME), Gallery Photographica (San Francisco), and Silvermine Guild Galleries (New Canaan, CT).

Jim's work resides in corporate, public, and private collections across the United States.


© Jim Nickelson

Course Dates

Sep 28 to Oct 4




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