“I was taught that the best photographers were also the best printers. This means that the best photographers understood and experimented with all that was possible in the darkroom while being aware of certain limitations. The eye always trumps technique, but an eye without technique produces little of the artists’ voice.
All decisions about a final print are best made at the point of capture, and all decisions are informed by your understanding of printing. The more you understand about the middle process (photo editing), the more informed your decision can be at the beginning (the point of capture), because everything you do is in service of the print and the goal of every print is to be in service of your voice.”
The focus of this workshop is fine-art digital printing. You will explore the software tools (correcting color casts, adjustment layers, Black and White conversions that replicate the look of silver prints), color management, custom profile, and workflow considerations that you will use to create prints. Those prints will translate your artistic voice into something people can see spoken into your printed images.
You will use Epson inkjet printers, with color and black/gray ink combinations utilizing coated and fine art rag papers. By the end of the week, you will have mastered all the key techniques to make the best quality prints of your images.
“The negative is everything. The Print is all. The negative is the sheet music. The print is the symphony.”
I am truly looking forward to the week we will be spending with each other!
To make this the most successful of experiences bring with you the following things:
1) One black and white print you have made on your printer (8.5×11 or 13×19)
2) One color print you have made on your printer (8.5×11 or 13×19)
3) Six “finished files” (files that represent your state of your art) 3 vertical, 3 horizontal of which 3 need to be in color 3 in B&W. The prints must be in a PDS file format with all of the layers (un-flattened)
4) The RAW files for each of the 6 finished files you selected
Bring your camera and a tripod. You will be doing some shooting. Why you ask? Because, the consideration of a great print happens at the point of capture.
VINCENT VERSACE is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment, the Shellenberg fine art award, a six time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the author of the best selling book, Welcome to Oz: A cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop which was chosen as Shutterbug Magazine’s best how to book of the year. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Vincent is the photographer of Immediate Assistants Medical Rescue Go Team. He is a member of the Epson Stylus Pros, a a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, an Xrite Colorotti, Lexar Elite Photographer, an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek and Master Class instructor and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team teaching regularly at Photoshop World and the Maine Photographic and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops. Vincent was the original host of the Epson Print Academy. Articles about his work in conjunction with digital workflows have appeared in American Photo, Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photographer, Pro Digital Imaging, PDN, What Digital camera, Petersen’s Photographic, PC Camera, Studio Design and Photography Professional Photographer and Digital Imaging magazines.