Platinum/Palladium Printing, Gum over Platinum

Photography Education

Instructor: Kerik Kouklis
2024 Dates: May 8-11, November 13-16
Focus: Darkroom
Medium: Platinum/Palladium and Gum Bichromate

This fun and information-packed workshop will quickly bring you up to speed on making top-quality platinum/palladium prints from digital negatives. You will also learn the fundamentals of the gum bichromate process and how to combine it with platinum/palladium to take your work in new directions. 

$1,425.00 USD


Bridge the creation of digital negatives to classic platinum/palladium printing techniques in this four day intensive workshop with master printer Kerik Kouklis. Designed for beginning and intermediate students, you will learn how to make high quality digital negatives using the QuickCurveDN system by Richard Boutwell and Epson printers. According to Kerik, “This newest entry into the digital negative software field is by far the best and easiest to use and teach. It has made my life and my students’ lives much easier.”

From there you will learn the techniques and subtleties involved in making top-quality platinum/palladium prints, including paper choices, contrast controls, archival processing techniques, environmental controls and the best procedures for consistent results.  Finally you will learn the fundamentals of the  gum bichromate process to provide additional tones and depth to your prints..

Each workshop is limited to 6 persons, and to accommodate COVID related social distancing, there will be two groups. This will intensify the time available for printing and allow more time in the field with a staff photographer from The Ansel Adams Gallery.

This workshop is offered twice per year, in early spring and late fall.


SPRING  2024 - May 8-11
May is a time of changeable weather, and with it often dramatic lighting and atmospherics. One thing that can be stated with certainty, the waterfalls in the valley will be booming (you can hear Yosemite Falls from the gallery classroom). It is a great time for a primarily indoor program with short opportunities to photograph the spectacular vistas in Yosemite Valley.

FALL 2024 - November 13-16  
Mid November typically has long bid adieu to the summer crowds. The weather is unpredictable and often unstable, leading to a high chance for dramatic clouds, mist, and rain or snow. By this time the cottonwoods and maples are typically bare, and the oaks have not yet shed their seasonal foliage. The contrast between pale granite and dark trees creates wonderful visual forms, perfect for exploring the rich tonalities inherent in platinum/palladium printing.

Currently the QCDN software by Richard Boutwell and Epson printers is only available for the MAC Operating System.

Workshop Details

Platinum/Palladium Printing, Gum over Platinum
INSTRUCTOR Kerik Kouklis
FOCUS Darkroom
MEDIUM Platinum/Palladium & Gum Bichromate
LEVEL Beginner to Advanced

Currently the QCDN software by Richard Boutwell and Epson printers is only available for the MAC Operating System.

In this intensive 4-day workshop offered twice a year, you will start by learning to make high quality digital negatives using the QCDN software by Richard Boutwell and Epson printers. This software has greatly simplified the process of making digital negatives and includes creative controls to enhance your work.Using your new digital negatives 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.

There will also be time to make new photographs in the incomparable Yosemite Valley. Each student will be asked to provide digital images before the workshop so printing can begin right away. You will also be making new negatives during the workshop. This workshop will allow you to make beautiful platinum/palladium and gum over platinum prints and have a great time doing it.

About the Instructor

Kerik Kouklis


is a fine art and documentary photographer based in the Sierra foothills who has been involved in creating hand-made photographs since his father set up a darkroom in the basement when he was 12. Born and raised in California with a background in music and geology, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th, 20th and 21st Century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. He has used these processes to create his work since 1990 and has been teaching workshops in these processes since 1997, both in his home studio and at various locations around the US, Canada and the UK. In 2017 Kerik began working in color by combining inkjet pigments with palladium printing. These prints are reminiscent of hand-colored photographs from the late 1800’s. In 2019 Kerik learned the very first photographic process, the daguerreotype. He is still honing his skills in this difficult but uniquely beautiful process. Kerik’s work is currently represented in California by Oficino Uno in Carmel and the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite where he has been teaching hand-made photographic techniques since 2000. In recent years Kerik’s travels have taken him to Iceland, Scotland, Norway, the Galapagos, Mongolia and Japan. He has adopted the use of a drone to make aerial photographs on his travels, where permitted. In 2016 Kerik was awarded a two-week Artist in Residency in Yosemite National park by Yosemite Renaissance. In 2017 Kerik completed his first documentary short film “Mongolia in Winter''. He is currently working on a documentary film about an Antarctic expedition that occurred in 1958. His prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe as well as the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania. In 2019 Kerik became the President of the Board of Directors for the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California. 


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Cancellation Policy

Multi-day Photography Workshop Cancellation Policy: We rely on your confirmed attendance to make important arrangements for the workshop. If you need to cancel, please let us know no fewer than 45 days prior to the first day of your workshop for a refund of your tuition, less a 10% non-refundable charge. Refunds cannot be made for cancellations initiated within 45 days of the first day of the scheduled workshop, or for no-shows, for any reason. If you are concerned with this possibility, please consider purchasing travel insurance.

Workshop registration is NOT transferable.

In the extremely rare event that The Ansel Adams Gallery needs to cancel a workshop, we will let you know at least 14 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop, and immediately refund your full tuition. However, we will not be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. (Lodging reservations made through Yosemite Hospitality, Aramark are fully refundable 14 days in advance).

It is recommended not to purchase airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging that cannot be canceled 14 days prior to the initiation of the event. The Ansel Adams Gallery highly recommends travel insurance to help with an unfortunate travel event.

COVID-19 Policy

COVID WORKSHOP PRECAUTIONS:The Ansel Adams Gallery is trying to create a workshop environment that is safe for all attendees. In doing so, the gallery realizes that workshop participants will have differing opinions in regards to the Covid-19 Policy. The gallery will side with caution and safety. The Ansel Adams Gallery will follow current CDC Guidelines in pace with the evolution of the Covid-19 Virus. Additional measures may be instituted and updated for the purpose of improved safety of all attendees.

The Gallery will provide the following:
COVID-19 rapid test upon arrival
Hand sanitizer
Sanitation wipes
Room Air Filtration


The Ansel Adams Gallery will require all attendees to show proof of a current negative result from a supplied Covid-19 Rapid Test. This negative Covid-19 Rapid Test result will be required after travel to Yosemite and prior to entry into the first day of the workshop. A Covid-19 Rapid Test Kit will be included in your welcome package available at check in at the Yosemite Valley Lodge or Ahwahnee Hotel. It is very important to inform us if you have chosen different accommodations. A gallery representative will then make alternative arrangements for your receipt of the Covid-19 Rapid Test.

The Ansel Adams Gallery highly recommends travel insurance to help with an unfortunate travel event.

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