This two day workshop with Dr. Les Walkling concentrates on printing digital files to the highest level of perfection. The finest papers, inks and printers combine to create images otherwise unimaginable.
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This is an intermediate two day workshop. It takes place 10.00am - 4.30pm Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March.
This is much more than time and cost efficient editing and printing. Preparing and printing an image is one of the most generous and gracious acts photography has to offer, where the materiality of the print not only profoundly transforms our image, it transforms our understanding of it. For a truly stunning photographic print confers not only a physical, but also a ‘meta-physical presence’. But comprehending how this is done, let alone matching images to papers, inks, and surfaces can only be realised when we have the right tools and principles at our side. This is about the ‘art’ not just the craft of printing, and about understanding and realising our images like never before. Specific topics include:
Ink and Media
• Media selection and ink usage – economy vs. quality
• Commercial Papers: Resin coated & micro-ceramic media
• Art Papers: Cotton rag & alpha cellulose papers
• Photography Papers: Baryta and non-Baryta papers
• Archival gamuts: Dye vs. pigment vs. chromogenic inksets
• Late binding workflows and compressing colour gamuts
Printing a Digital Print
• Printing through printer drivers vs RIPs
• Output sharpening techniques and strategies
• Custom vs. generic printer profiles
• Rendering intents and gamut compression
• Displaying prints, lighting, metamerism and ink inconstancy
• Protecting and annotating prints
Preparing Images for Printing
• Levels – colour and density correction fundamentals
• Re-sizing images and factorial scaling
• The application of creative sharpening
• Colour managing digital printing workflows
• Soft proofing vs. hard proofing
• Matching screen to print monitor calibration
Crafting a Digital Print
• Re-defining spatial and luminosity relationships in the print
• Mid tone contrast expansion – ‘blend if’ options
• Shadow and highlight bump-masking
• Luminosity remapping
• Toning, tinting and colorizing images
• Intensification and reduction – expanding print ‘presence’
At the heart of this workshop attendees prepare and print some of their own images on large format Canon Pro printers. The entire print workflow from file preparation and media selection and final exhibition printing is critically investigated, while histories and theories of visual art are incorporated to contextualise creative practice and expand aesthetic outcomes.
The workshop is supported by a resource rich website including detailed course notes, videos, and test files.
What to bring?
Please bring all your questions and a USB drive (or HD or camera card) with several files to print. They can be either your best pictures, or pictures that you are having trouble with for whatever reason, or just an image that you really like but have never printed before. We will have many different papers to work with, and Canon large format printers setup for gloss/semigloss papers and matte/fine art papers. It will be a pleasure to see how far we can take your images.
Saturday & Sunday 9 - 10 March 2019
10.00am - 4.30pm
$495 incl. GST.
42 Maddox St. Alexandria, 2015
02 9641 5555
Workshop Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org OR +614 38 59 00 93
About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, Peta Clancy, Siri Hayes, and Bill Henson.