Workshop and Event Calendar
Sep 28 - Oct 1: Large Format Workshop $649
November 11 Making Books with Lightroom with Meg Gillis $149
November: Astro-photography Workshops with Ed Ting and David Speltz $149
At your convenience (one on one)
All one one on classes are $295 a day
Book making with Lightroom
Basic Digital Camera
Digital Negatives for Silver Gelatinl Printing
The Large Format Camera Workshop
Thursday, September 28 - Sunday, October 1
Late September and early October is prime time for photographing Northern New England. And what better way to start (or end) a few days amongst the glorious foliage than spend four days learning or enhancing your skills in using a large format view camera.
For 3 1/2 days in early fall, we will work with photographers who are new to, or simply wish to renew their large format and ultra large format skills. The workshop, led by Richard Ritter, view camera master craftsman from Vermont and David Speltz, photographer and founder of Camera Commons, will provide a comprehensive review of everything you may have known but forgotten, or never did know and want to. It is not an advanced class, but one for those who have are seeking to enter, or re-enter the world of large format photography.
Bring your own camera or we will provide you with one.
What we teach:
An understanding of why black & white large negatives make stunning photographs
• The various types and sizes of view cameras
• The basics of shifts, rises, falls, tilts, swings and when to use them
• Options, selection and use of large format lenses
• The essentials of a tripod that will provide a shake free image
• How to compose and focus an image, even though it is upside down
• Film options and various methods of development for classic and alternative printing
• The mystery behind the light meter and how to tame it
• Basic darkroom techniques including proper film processing and split filter printing
- The essentials of scanning and how to change the default settings to improve quality
Where we work:
We have access to both the Camera Commons 4000 square foot facility in Dover, NH with all the tools you may need as well as classrooms, a studio with Profoto lighting in case it rains, and perhaps best of all, the New Hampshire and Maine Seacoast with classic landscapes, 17th century buildings, and good food and accommodations.
Our Camera Commons associates will process your film for you while you are working in class or in the field. You will take home at least one 12x18 archival inkjet print of the negative of your choice.
For significant others, Portsmouth, NH is a destination venue for many and considered one of the nations top destinations for a holiday. With a population of 20,000 and restaurant seats numbering 24,000 there is no shortage of shopping, eating and entertainment.
For more information please contact David Speltz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or cell 617-571-8000. Space is limited. The price of the four day workshop is $649 plus a lab fee to cover the cost of film you may use.
Links that may be useful:
Richard Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net
Camera Commons: www.cameracommons.com
Self-Publishing with Lightroom
Design and create your own book using your personal photographs! Learn to
integrate both Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance and retouch your photos
for your book. By the end of the workshop you will design, create and publish
your book using Lightroom’s Book Module tools. What better way to approach
online publishing than with industry’s standard programs and tools.
Participants will learn how to include photo text for captions, positioning of
text, offset, and alignment. Presenting Lightroom’s Book Module Basics will
include the essentials of the workflow as well as basics in enhancing your
photos, making book cover choices, and paper choices as well.
Lightroom skills are not required but are beneficial. The first two sessions will
be spent covering Lightroom/Photoshop skills enhancing the preferred
photographs for your book and the last two evenings will be spent designing and laying out the book.
All participants will have a book ready to publish by the end of the fourth session.
Participants in this workshop should have a "rough idea" of the digital images
they wish to include in their book and bring those original photos with them
by the second evening of the workshop.
Basic Digital Photograph:
Do those button confuse you? What is raw vs jpg? How do I take better pictures with my camera? These are 4 2 hour one on one classes to teqch you how to control of your digital camera and use the existing light to best advantage. Instructors: CC Staff and cost is $295
Adobe Lightroom - One on one - scheduled around your needs $295
This is an 8 hours in 4 sessions on on one Adobe Lightroom class. We teach all the modules in Lightroom including Library, Develop, Printing, Books, Slideshows, Pre-sets including NIK and the interface with Photoshop. You will learn to organize your libraries and be able to retrieve any photo within seconds. $295 for 8 hours. Instructor: David Speltz
More about Lightroom:
Introduction to Photoshop - One on One - scheduled around your needs $295
This workshop introduces Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 for Photographers and Graphic Designers. Participants will be retouch, restore, and enhance digital photographs through the use of non-destructive editing techniques: selection tools, smart objects, layer masks, adjustment layers, blending modes, camera raw filter adjustments (and/or Lightroom integration), luminosity masks, and smart filters. Introduction to creating composites will be introduced as well.
Intermediate Photoshop Techniques - One on One - scheduled around your needs $295
This workshop builds on your existing knowledge of Photoshop CC 2015.5 and takes your photo-editing skills to a new level. The workshop is for Photographers and Graphic Designers using both Lightroom and Photoshop. Participants will continue to retouch, restore, and enhance digital photographs through the use of non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop: review and application of smart objects, layer masks, adjustment layers, blending modes, camera raw filter adjustments (or Lightroom integration), and smart filters. More sophisticated projects will be introduced using numerous tools in Photoshop. We will, in addition cover Luminosity masks to get the best results for our photographs. We will take photographs from Lightroom to use Photoshop’s sophisticated healing tools as well as reinforce skills using layers and layer masks to build composites. Instructor: Meg Gillis.
Platinum Printing - scheduled around your needs $295 plus lab fee
A full day of instruction on Platinum printing in our alternative print darkroom. Designed to meet your schedule needs. $295 plus modest lab fee. One on one, learn to make digital negatives, calibrate exposure times and adjust platinum chemistry to make beautiful hand made prints. Not for the faint hearted, but the results are stunning.
The Large Format Camera - September September 1 - October 1, 2017
Large and Ultra-large Format Photography with Richard Ritter and David Speltz - $649 plus lab fee (depending on camera size). This is your chance to handle ultra -large cameras, including up to a 14x20 inches. Our staff will be processing your negatives and printing to give you more time to learn the intricacies of large format photography. The lab fee includes all film, paper, chemicals, and the lab assistants who be in the darkroom for you. Richard Ritter, a Vermont camera craftsman is one of the world's foremost builders of large and ultra-large cameras. The workshop size is strictly limited in size. Email or contact us now.
Jan 14: New55 PN Day
Jan 15: Exhibition Openings
Feb 18: Critique Day
Mar 25: Hand Coloring B&W Prints
April 2: Astronomy Day
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