- Instructor: Kerik Kouklis
- Date: November 15-18, 2012
- Location: Yosemite
- Focus: Darkroom
- Level: Beginner to Advanced Intermediate
- Class Limit: 6
- Tuition: $900.00 (Material Fee Included)
- Lodging: From tent cabins to four-diamond luxury, stay close to the action with lodging reservations inside Yosemite Park.
- Workshop cancellation and refund policy
In this intensive 4-day workshop, you will start by learning to make high quality digital negatives using the QuadTone RIP (QTR) program and Epson printers. You will learn how to calibrate and control this powerful tool in an easy and straightforward way. A Photoshop script will be provided that makes deriving correction curves a snap.
Using your new digital negatives (or film negatives you bring with you) you will learn the techniques and subtleties involved in making top-quality platinum/palladium prints including paper choices, contrast controls, environmental controls and the best procedures for consistent results. Kerik's approach to platinum printing is simple and straightforward and does not involve complex sensitometry or math that can make the process appear much more difficult that it is. And Kerik's casual and friendly teaching style will have you making excellent prints almost from the start.
You will then learn the fundamentals of the gum bichromate process including a novel approach to coating pioneered by the instructor that provides for very smooth, creamy gum layers that blend seamlessly with the underlying platinum/palladium print. Adding one or more layers of gum bichromate to a platinum/palladium print results in prints that can range from subtle to wildly colorful; the final choice is up to you. Combining these processes allows you to use both the left and right sides of your brain to produce work that is uniquely yours.
There will also be time to make new photographs in the incomparable Yosemite Valley. Each student should provide negatives no larger than 8x10 as well as high quality scans or digital camera files that will be made into digital negatives. You can also scan negatives during the workshop.
This is a fun and information-packed workshop. Whether you shoot 8x10 film or a digital point and shoot, this workshop will allow you to make beautiful platinum/palladium and gum over platinum prints and have a great time doing it.
KERIK KOUKLIS is a fine art photographer based in Placerville, California, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Using view cameras that range in size from 4”x5” to 14”x17,” he captures images that can broadly be described as “landscape photography.” Frequently photographing in low light or fog, he produces images that are seldom overtly dramatic, but rather take on an ethereal quality which provides delicate tonality that is ideal for platinum/palladium printing.