Dive in to digital photography! Learn camera mechanics, image adjustments, basic workflow, and printing techniques.

© Kate IzorDiscover the possibilities of digital imaging in this fun introductory course. Students will learn the basics of digital camera controls and workflow from capture to print output while cultivating and executing their creative ideas. In-class instructions and assignments cover non-automatic shooting modes, image storage capabilities, file types, menus, exposure, light, shutter effects, and image creation and innovation.

Demonstrations and lectures are complemented by field trips to beautiful Midcoast locations. Students take their field images back to the digital lab, and learn to utilize Adobe Lightroom software and Epson printers for optimal image development, organization and output. Extensive hands-on class and fieldwork provides students with the knowledge and practice to become comfortable with digital SLR cameras and image processing. 

What you will learn:

Digital camera control and manual shooting in RAW. Lightroom Import, Library, Develop and Print Modules. Basic luster prints will be made on Epson R2880 printers. Framing and composition will be discussed in class and during the local field trips.

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.

Prerequisite:

No previous knowledge or experience required.

Testimonials:

"Terrific experience learning a tremendous amount of material"
- Sarah O'Mally, Sedgwich, ME

"It was a wonderful adventure, a dream came true. Learning photography was something I wanted to do forever, and now I can because of Maine-Media"
- Georgia Naja, Glens Falls, NY

"Even as a beginner, you too can be a photographer!"
- Natalie Mayer, Philadelphia, PA

"You can come in with a certain understanding, a mindset, or even an expectation, and I can guarantee when you leave, your wildest dreams will have been surpassed."
- Scott Thorpe, Clarksville, MD

Instructors

Kari Wehrs

© Mark DawsonKari Wehrs is a photographer whose camera reveals her documentary interests. 

Growing up, Kari spent hours flipping through her Grandmother’s family photo albums that dated from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.  The photographs were compiled neatly, often with handwritten notations, which suggested to her that they were precious objects.  Wanting to see the details of each image, Kari often examined the photographs with her grandmother’s magnifying glass.  She loved the idea that time could be recorded and “held” in photographs.

Leaving her home state of Minnesota, Kari attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine in the fall of 2007.  A short drive up the coast, Kari found the place where she spent the next handful of summers (and a couple of winters) working at the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine.  It was here that she developed her deep interest in the techniques, technology, and history of the medium.     

Kari’s most recent work is portraiture employing the wet plate collodion process (tintypes).  While embracing multiple methods of photography in her own work, she has become captivated by the tintype process due to its historical relevancy and associations with the past.  She sees the tintype image as a personal object:  a memento.  The tintype process appeals to Kari’s documentary roots and her desire to make images that survive, over time, as a photographic object and record.

Website: http://www.kariwehrs.com

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