Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 2017
Les Walkling's On Landscape Photography Masterclass is a rare opportunity to receive specialist instruction from one of Australia's leading landscape photographers and most prominent photographic educators. The Master Class also coincides with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition and accompanying publication ‘The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis: Journeys into the Wild’. Les spent ten months in the preparation and restoration of over 200 of Peter’s images for the NLA publication and exhibition, and his preparation, editing and exhibition printing of Peter’s work along with an analysis of Peter’s camera craft and technique will be a unique workshop highlight.
This two-day Masterclass explores contemporary landscape photographic practice from three perspectives:
— Pre and post capture equipment and technique
— Field work, workflow, and publication/exhibition
— History, critique, evaluation and review
Various approaches to landscape photography are considered, from the representational to the picturesque, including mythical landscapes, poetic landscapes, politicised landscapes, and manufactured or altered landscapes. The overall aim is to ensure the individual is expertly informed, and to dramatically improve their practice. Specific topics include:
The Art of Peter Dombrovskis
— Seeing the light - feeling the moment
— Equipment and technique
— Photographing beliefs and commitments
— Artist statements
— Exhibition design and strategy
Working in the field
— Lens selection and perspective control
— Tripods and stability - ball heads vs geared heads
— Measuring and evaluating light and dynamic range
— Setting up a pano-head and capturing multiple images
— Focus stacking - controlling depth of field
— Exposure stacking - controlling dynamic range
Processing and editing
— Backing up, cataloguing and processing in the field
— Increasing presence, depth and dimensionality
— Luminosity selections, highlight bump masks, shadow luminosity masks
— Processing focus, exposure, and panorama stacks
— Compositing images and how to drop-in skies
— Pre Press - file preparation and separation for publication
Exhibition printing and presentation
— Fine art paper selection - matte/lustre, warm/cool, smooth/textured
— Printer and monitor colour management - the essentials
— Soft proofing vs hard proofing
— Print scale and aspect ratios
— Adapting images for matte surfaced papers
— Print lighting, viewing and evaluation
This two-day Masterclass will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm each day, and includes generous breaks for individual consultation. The workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration and critical analysis, with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition, publication and exhibition prints as the major case study. There is also an online resource page including course notes, videos, images and test files.
What to bring?
Please bring along any equipment, files and/or prints if you are having specific issues with any area of your workflow, from capture to processing, editing, and printing. While this is certainly not a workshop requirement, do feel free to bring along anything that you think might be helpful.
About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, and Bill Henson.