2008 Photography Courses with Les Walkling
SEMESTER 1 2008
23-24 February •
SEMESTER 2 2008
19-20 July •
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Message from Les Walkling
This is the fifteenth year that I have offered a weekend education program through Centre for Contemporary Photography. Over this time a great many cultural and technological changes have taken place in the field of fine art and commercial photography. My courses have traced this evolution and I hope they continue to constructively help others integrate these momentous changes into their own theory and practice.
Artists, photographers, designers, curators and others from all over Australia and New Zealand, both professional and non-professional, attend my courses. Many people take and/or repeat the courses over a number of years, not only to update or extend their skills and knowledge, but also to benefit from the friendships, collaborations and networks that naturally develop out of the program.
This year I am presenting seven weekend courses per semester. They cover a broad range of intermediate to advanced skills, including a comprehensive introduction to digital photography, colour management, creative image editing, fine print controls, RAW processing, and automated workflows for increased productivity. All courses have been completely revised and updated for 2008 in line with contemporary cultural and technological developments.
The program is delivered through studio-based demonstrations, analytical investigations, practical applications, interaction and hands-on experimentation in a focused but entertaining manner. I actively facilitate discussion and analysis of the material being covered, with aspects of photographic and cultural history and theory also related to the work as critical practice. While the courses can be studied sequentially across one or two semesters, each course is also presented as a comprehensive self-contained body of knowledge that I creatively adapt to individual needs. Therefore each course is also an evolving and unique experience, while the program overall presents a comprehensive study of contemporary digital photographic practice.
My overall aim is
to assist the individual
not only to understand,
but also to be able to
work with the knowledge
according to his or her
own needs and aspirations.
For more information,
please contact me directly
and/or visit my web site
terms and conditions
Refunds can only be given for withdrawals made at least 4 working days prior to the course commencement and a $100 withdrawal fee will apply. For withdrawals with less than 4 working days notice, refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.
Transfers between courses require at least 4 working days notice before the course commences. There is a 12 month limit on transfers and a maximum of 2 transfers are permitted within that time. Please note that transfers are subject to course price increases. A $30 transfer fee will apply for each transfer.
In the event that a workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be given. Please note that courses run from 10am to 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays.
1 23-24 February
This weekend course presents a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of digital photography. It is specifically designed for photographers and artists relatively new to the world of digital imaging, who want a comprehensive introduction to working with digital SLR cameras and Adobe Photoshop™. Each stage of digital photography is carefully investigated from basic concepts to professional working methods. The course provides a sophisticated guide to what is involved, what is possible and what is required. Topics covered include:
The First Principles of Digital Photography
Working with Digital SLR Cameras
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop™
Setting up a Digital Imaging Facility
The course is based around practical examples and hands-on demonstrations. While it is not essential for each participant to own a digital SLR camera, those who do are encouraged to bring it to the workshop. Participants might also enrol in this course to help them decide which equipment best meets their needs, or as an introduction to my more advanced courses. Course notes and bibliography are provided.
This intermediate weekend course covers the photography, exposure, development and post processing of RAW images. Browsing, editing and cataloguing applications are also critically compared, selected and integrated to guarantee the efficient production of high quality images. RAW files, master files and derivatives are also edited, sorted, tagged, renamed, annotated, catalogued, and archived. The aim is to establish a comprehensive image processing workflow. Topics covered include:
Capturing Digital Negatives
Developing Digital Negatives
Post Processing Digital Negatives
Archiving Digital Negatives
The course is based around a series of structured investigations and practical demonstrations of the capture, processing, and storage of digital images. Examples are drawn from a wide variety of photographic applications with an emphasis on practical solutions to real world imaging problems, such as extending dynamic range and calibrating cameras for increased accuracy and productivity. Detailed course notes are provided.
This intermediate weekend course concentrates on printing digital files to the highest level of perfection. The finest analogue and digital imaging processes combine to produce prints of exquisite quality. It also provides a comprehensive overview of the latest materials, techniques and artistic strategies in digital printmaking. The aim is to present, clarify and facilitate the available printing options, materials and aesthetic outcomes. Topics covered include:
Creating a Digital Print
Digital and Analogue Printing Processes
Ink and Paper Combinations
Tone and Colour Correction
The course is conducted as a series of integrated studio demonstrations. Digital printers, printing processes, image preparation, media and materials are discussed in detail and illustrated with numerous practical examples, applications and prints. Professional labs and specialist print services are also explored through real world case studies. Detailed course notes are provided and participants are encouraged to share and discuss their own print making and digital imaging experiences.
Semester 1 26–27
This intermediate weekend course is designed for photographers and artists already proficient with basic applications of Photoshop™ who now want to significantly extend their skills and knowledge. It provides a detailed overview of Photoshop™ tools and techniques. Key concepts are developed with the aim of making them as accessible as possible through an emphasis on visual techniques. Topics covered include:
Specialist Photoshop™ Techniques
The course is organised around a series of ‘beyond the basics’ demonstrations which present essential information and solutions to practical imaging problems. Traditional photographic techniques are updated and basic digital imaging workflows established to help you work more creatively, productively and efficiently as a Photoshop™ artist without sacrificing image quality. Detailed course notes are provided.
Semester 1 17–18
This intermediate weekend course explores the B&W fine print in the age of digital reproduction. Specialised digital photographic processes, materials and techniques combine to significantly expand the range of the B&W fine print and its creative tradition. The course addresses questions such as: Can an inkjet print rival the qualities of a fine silver gelatin print? How essential are traditional controls, such as large format negatives, to digital print quality? How do you increase the maximum density (black) in a pigment print? Can ink jet technology successfully replace traditional non-silver printing processes? Topics covered include:
Evaluating the quality of a B&W Fine Print
Selecting the Printing Processes
B&W Ink and Paper Combinations
Advanced Digital Editing and Toning
The course is conducted as a series of integrated studio demonstrations. The analogue and digital fine print is discussed in detail and illustrated with numerous practical examples. Its historical and philosophical traditions are developed and refined through digital technologies. Advanced processes and techniques are developed to produce stunningly beautiful B&W prints of the highest quality. Detailed course notes are provided.
This advanced weekend course presents a logical and comprehensive approach to accurately colour manage all aspects of digital imaging, from capture to editing and output in digital workflows. It will help you to accurately reproduce colour and increase production efficiency while reducing costs and significantly improving image quality, as well as understanding the suitability of different colour management systems, strategies, software and hardware for your own needs. Topics covered include:
The Principles and Practice of Colour Management
Setting up a Colour Managed Workflow
Alternative Colour Management Strategies
The course is based around a series of practical demonstrations that demystify colour management and integrate the critical function it plays in contemporary digital imaging workflows. Real world examples are used to illustrate how to accurately implement colour management in everyday production, including collaborating with service providers and working with non colour managed equipment and facilities. Detailed course notes and calibration guides are provided.
This advanced course showcases sophisticated Photoshop™ editing techniques, production strategies and creative (visual) problem solving. It aims to facilitate the integrated development and/or refinement of creative, innovative and productive image editing workflows. It is designed for professional photographers, artists and advanced non-professionals who want to extend their appreciation, understanding, and imaginative application of Photoshop™ to profoundly enhance their imaging outcomes. Topics covered include:
Blending Mode Power Editing
Advanced Image Masking
Independent Tone and Colour Correction
The course is presented through a series of practical applications, analytical demonstrations and critical observations of advanced Photoshop™ techniques and processes. Therefore a working knowledge of Photoshop™ is assumed. While the course focuses on the production advantages of the most recent version of Photoshop™, the knowledge, techniques and distinctions can also be successfully applied to earlier versions. Detailed course notes are provided.
Last Updated 12 January 2009