Date: 02nd - 05th November 2016
It is hard to imagine a better backdrop for a colour printing workshop than the Cumbrian Lake District at the height of autumn. And there is nowhere in the Lake District to surpass Borrowdale, that narrow defile that drains into Derwent Water, the queen of England’s lakes. Borrowdale’s woodland is mixed and extensive, and while every autumn is different, the colour of the landscape is always a feature at this time of year. Even in heavy rain it is possible to find photo opportunities, indeed, the colours when it is wet are often even more spectacular.
A special advantage of Borrowdale is the sheer variety of possibilities on our doorstep. Whether we walk from the hotel, or drive, it is a matter of minutes to reach a range of wonderful viewpoints. Lakeside views, clifftop prospects, woodland vistas, intimate details… even landscapes recovering from past mining and quarrying activities… there is almost lifetime of photographic opportunity here in this one valley alone.
Photographic printing is the last of the digital ‘dark arts’, the hardest to master, but also the most rewarding. While there is help available on the internet, learning in the company of experienced and supportive tutors is often a more effective way to learn. Our course aims to cover the essentials of practical colour management, but mainly concentrates on preparing image files for print: creative editing. This is done using industry standard tools like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Adobe Camera Raw, and also Capture One. Anyone with a reasonable acquaintance with these instruments of editing software will find they can move on to the next step, making their own prints at home.
Printing is not for the faint-hearted. It is undoubtedly the height of photography, and it is also possible to say that until you print the picture is still ‘virtual’ only. It turns digital photography into real image making and is the ultimate showcase for your photographic skills and technique, and the biggest challenge of your editing instincts and knowledge.
With support from our industry colleagues at Fotospeed, and two highly experienced photographer/printers in Antony and Joe, this is a great platform to either improve your existing print skills or to get into printing for the first time. The background canvas of beautiful Borrowdale, where we will visit with our cameras for part of each day, provides all the inspiration we could need.
This is a Leading lights tour so places are limited to a smaller group of 8 participants.
Antony has always had a keen interest in photography and started taking photography more seriously in 2007 with the purchase of his first digital SLR. His short time with a digital camera makes his 2010 win of the coveted Landscape Photographer of...