Realize your artistic vision in mastering the secrets of creating digital fine prints.

Date: May 13-19, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1250
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: Jim Nickelson

In this course, students will learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality.

Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, making modifications, and ultimately producing a final print.

We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, the many options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.

Students will also have ample opportunity to shoot in the field and to apply all of the techniques learned on their own images. 

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.

Header Image Credit: Jim Nickelson

Past student work: Alex Grissom, Deedie Steele, Kick Tranfaglia, Tom Lascell

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Instructor: Jim Nickelson

Jim Nickelson is a photographer whose work is driven by an interest in science and nature. Science is thus the underpinning for all of his photography, whether it be work based on the concept of the passage of time, work motivated by natural rhythms and cycles and patterns, work exploring the mysteries of nature, or work simply inspired by the wonder of the natural world. Jim works full time as a fine art photographer and custom digital printer, and teaches workshops on photography and digital printing. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate lawyer.