This is a class mainly devoted to working on images in the classroom, and learning how to optimize them to make the most effective prints. This is not a beginning class, and students must be familiar with Photoshop. It also includes instructor-led field sessions in and around Yosemite Valley. May is primetime for photographers—the freshness of Spring, with lots and lots of water! The dogwood should also be in bloom. This will give students the opportunity to make images around the Yosemite region while receiving instructor feedback
The "Fine Art" in the title just means that you are willing to devote the time and effort to explore and optimize your images to their fullest potential. This class will give you the tools to go beyond your film or digital camera file, and spur your imagination to create stronger interpretations of your images. Much discussion will center on critiquing prints (produced both before and during the class) and exploring what makes an exceptional print.
This workshop will engage both the right and left sides of your brain!
There will be a healthy discussion of color management and how to diagnose if a problem is due to your monitor calibration"or your printer profiles"or both! You will receive an invaluable "reference print" that can be used to test your printer, printer profile, and printer dialog settings.
The pros and cons of many printer choices will be discussed and demonstrated with actual comparison prints.
Subjects covered will include:
WORKFLOW FOR FINE ART PRINTING
The Master file concept
DIGITAL CAMERA FILES
Using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
Getting the most of our your digital capture
What to do in Lightroom - and what to save for Photoshop
Using color management to insure consistent results from monitor to final print
How do I get good profiles for my monitor, scanner, and printer?
Using the supplied "reference print" to diagnose your own setup and profiles
Recommended techniques for working on files
Photoshop selection tools - tips and techniques
Setting density and color balance
Retouching, burning and dodging
Preparation of files for output to various printers
Using the "Smart-sharpening" action script (included)
Can my print be stronger?
And what to do to improve it
What makes an effective print
Archival methods of mounting and matting digital prints
Students will get to fine-tune and print using their own images. Charlie will spend time working with each person individually to discuss and refine the adjustments to your image in RAW development and/or Photoshop.
You must be familiar with Photoshop, which would include performing basic tonal adjustments with layers or curves, painting on layer masks, resizing, cropping, etc.
About two months before the class, you will receive Charlie's 99 page Photoshop Techniques booklet and CD. He asks that you devote the necessary time (10-20 hours) to go through all the tutorials included. This is your homework!
Charles Cramer is a photographer who revels in exploration and craftsmanship. A masterful artist, his career broadly parallels that of Ansel Adams: an early focus on music, finding inspiration in Yosemite National Park, and exploring the developing medium of photography. Charles has worked in the darkroom for many years, mastering the complex Dye Transfer process. He was also one of the first landscape photographers to work with the "digital darkroom", recognizing the computer as an unparalleled means to control color and realize his artistic interpretation of the scene. Cramer has taught printing at the Ansel Adams Gallery for more than 20 years, including their first digital workshop in 2000. In 1987 and 2009, Cramer was selected by the National park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite. He is also included in the books “Landscape: The World's Top Photographers,” published in 2005, and “First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness,” published in 2009. In 2016, Triplekite of England published “Yosemite”, a book of Charles’ Yosemite photographs.