2009 Photography Courses with Les Walkling
SEMESTER 1 2009
14–15 February •
Digital Photography Full - Enrolments Closed
SEMESTER 2 2009
18–19 July •
to Digital Photography Full - Enrolments Closed
All courses run from 10:00am to 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays.
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INTRODUCTION from Les Walkling
This is the sixteenth year that I have offered a weekend education program through the 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 a program of seven weekend courses each semester. They cover a broad range of intermediate to advanced skills, including a comprehensive introduction to digital photography, colour management, creative image editing, fine printing, RAW processing, and automated workflows. All courses have been completely revised and updated for 2009, and for the first time I am offering an advanced digital camera craft course.
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
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.
1 14–15 February
2009 (Full - Enrolments Closed)
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. The course details each stage of digital production, and 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
Setting up a Digital Imaging Facility
The course is based on practical explanations and ‘hands-on’ demonstrations, from image capture and processing to digital printing and web galleries. While it is not essential for each participant to own a digital SLR camera, those who do are encouraged to bring it with them. Participants might also enrol in this course to help them decide which equipment best meets their needs, and/or as an introduction to my more advanced courses. Detailed course notes are provided.
This intermediate weekend course covers the exposure, development and post processing of digital camera RAW files. Workflow-centric applications such as Adobe Lightroom™ and Aperture are featured, compared and evaluated against applications such as Adobe Photoshop™ and Capture One. Browsing, cataloguing and archiving applications are also critically examined and integrated to guarantee the efficient production of high quality images. The overall 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, calibrating cameras for accurate colour, and automating workflows for efficiency and productivity. Detailed course notes are provided.
Semester 1 28–29
March 2009 (Full - Enrolments Closed)
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 investigation of Photoshop’s unique tools and techniques. Key concepts are explored with the aim of making them as accessible as possible through an emphasis on visual outcomes. Topics covered include:
Specialist Photoshop™ Techniques
The course is organised around a series of ‘beyond the basics’ demonstrations which present essential information and specialist 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.
This intermediate weekend course concentrates on printing digital files to the highest level of perfection. Specialised printing processes, materials and techniques combine to significantly expand the range of the fine print and its creative tradition. The aim is to promote, demystify, and facilitate the production of prints of exquisite quality. It also provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the latest printers, media and inksets. Topics covered include:
Creating a Digital Fine Print
Digital and Analogue Printing Processes
Ink and Paper Combinations
The Digital B&W Fine Print
The course is conducted as a series of integrated studio demonstrations and discussions. Print making equipment, processes and materials are critically analysed and illustrated with numerous case-studies and finished prints. Professional labs, specialist printing services and artist’s studios provide real-world examples, while histories and theories of visual art are incorporated to expand creative practices and aesthetic outcomes. Detailed course notes are provided.
Semester 1 09–10
This advanced weekend course presents a comprehensive overview of contemporary digital camera craft in the field and studio. It is intended for those who are already familiar with DSLR cameras and digital capture and want to significantly extend their understanding and practice. A ‘hands on’ approach emphasises learning through experimentation where the aim is to promote an engagement with photography and its craft as creative expression. Topics covered include:
Working with Digital Cameras
Understanding Digital Capture
Lenses for Digital Capture
Special Purpose Equipment and Techniques
The workshop is based around a series of practical demonstrations integrated with analytical and reflective sessions. 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. Medium and 35mm formats are catered for, including custom camera calibration and profiling. The course will also assist the selection, evaluation, and acquisition of new equipment. Detailed course notes are provided.
1 30 May–31
Colour management is at the heart of every contemporary digital photographic process and practice. This advanced weekend workshop presents essential knowledge through a logical and comprehensive approach to accurately colour managing all aspects of digital imaging, from capture, to display, editing, printing and publishing. The aim is to increase productivity and reduce costs while significantly improving image quality and colour accuracy. 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 its critical functions into contemporary digital imaging practice. 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 applications. Detailed course notes and calibration guides are provided.
2009 Full - Enrolments Closed
This advanced course showcases sophisticated Photoshop™ editing techniques, production strategies and visual problem solving. 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. The aim is to inspire innovative, inventive and creative image editing solutions. Topics covered include:
Blending Mode Power Editing
Creative Image 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 10 November 2009