The purpose of this workshop is to help you make better photographs, and through doing that, to experience personal growth. And if you already make beautiful photographs, but find that you don't do so consistently, then this workshop is for you.
In most all photography workshops everyone learns something and has a good time. But afterwards they do not necessarily, in their own terms, make better photographs. After our workshops, most everyone makes better photographs. This is because, we have been told, we have a way of describing and demonstrating an approach to making photographs that is exceedingly helpful and unique.
In this workshop you will not learn any "rules." You will go "beyond composition." You will learn to see more than you already see and to take a more creative approach to photographing, and, as a result, based on our past experience with former participants in our workshops, your photographs will be better and you will have a higher percentage of keepers.
We intend this to be the definitive workshop for black and white photography. Even though this is only a weekend workshop, everything will be covered including developing film by inspection, printing, and proper use of the camera in a way that encourages creative vision. All technical matters will be discussed as a function of vision.
This year we our popular 2 1/2 day Vision and Technique Workshop will include an option for digital photographers to extend the workshop extra day to learn in-depth digital black and white processing and printing with Richard Boutwell.
Richard has worked with us since 2002, and when he is not running our drum scanners and making our digital prints, he runs his own digital black and white editing and printing workshops through www.BWMastery.com. He has incorporated all the experience he gained working with us in the darkroom and developed his own techniques to apply it to digital black and white printing.
The new workshop format is ideal for those working traditionally and digitally to experience and learn all the aspects of the vision part of the workshop together, and then show how those things can be applied technically in their chosen workflows. This will allow people interested in the developing sheet film by inspection and contact printing with Azo (now Lodima) and Amidol time for that, and those interested in digital printing will be able to learn the same ideas we teach in the darkroom expressed through digital techniques.