Workshop and Event Calendar
Historic Photography Workshop Series
Wet-plate with Gary Samson or Bev Conway
One day Introductory Class
This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the 19th century wet-plate process used by historical photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Matthew Brady, and Carleton Watkins as well as contemporary artists including Sally Mann and France Scully. Chemistry, darkroom equipment and camera and lens selection will be covered along with sources for supplies. Students will make portraits and still life images on glass and aluminum plates after learning how to prepare chemistry for the process. We will make available light images outdoors and explore studio flash options for indoor work. Practice in pouring and developing the plates is essential to the success of this labor intensive process and participants will have time to learn how to prepare glass plates to receive the collodion properly as well as varnish the finished plates by the conclusion of this three day workshop. All darkroom supplies and camera equipment will be provided.
The class is limited to one or two students and starts at 9am on a date of your and your instructors convenience. It is taught by either Gary Samson, former Chair of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the current New Hampshire Artist Laureate, or Bev Conway, also a prior faculty member at the NH Institute of Art.
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Large and Ultra-large Format Photography
Canceled for 2019 due to health issues
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2018 was sold out
with Gary Samson, Richard Ritter and David Speltz
For our fourth year of this popular workshop, we are adding options for those who have been through the basic workshop or are experienced and want to take their LF skills to a new level. Basic and Advanced LF photographers will be together on Thursday afternoon for briefing and dinner and again on Sunday morning for photographing in downtown Portsmouth, reviewing work and having a Camera Commons supplied lunch.
Bring your own equipment or Camera Commons will supply equipment at no additional cost.
Option #1 Basic, Thursday - Sunday includes four days of basic and essential skills, including camera movements, lens selection, film selection and handling, exposure settings, and field work that includes seashore, landscape, architecture, and basic portraiture. This is our introductory course for those either new to LF photography or those wishing a complete refresher course.
All students, Basic and Advanced, should arrive between noon and 4PM on Thursday, Sept 27 at which time we will review equipment needs, refresh ourselves on camera movements, lens use. We will test meters, discuss plans for the long weekend, and then head to dinner. Students in Option #1 Basic will work together as a group the full four days.
Option #2 Advanced: Thursday - Sunday: Students who have taken the basic workshop in the past may elect to re-take Option #1 Basic or any part of it as well as select one or both of the advanced options Abandoned Places and Portraiture on Friday and Saturday as described below.
Abandoned Places: One full day on Friday of photographing “Abandoned Places.” This includes both exterior and interior photography including advanced issues such adjusting for reciprocity failure, advanced camera movements, and lens selection for smaller interior spaces. It will include interior lighting using strobes where appropriate. Students must have taken option #1 in the past or be fully competent in the use of a LF camera.
Portraits with Gary Samson: One full day of portraiture on Saturday, September 29, led by Gary Samson, former chair of the photography department of the NH Institute of Art and currently the NH Artist Laureate. This will include natural light, studio lighting and include professional models. Students must have taken option #1 in the past or be fully competent in the use of a LF camera. There will be an additional model fee of about $300, split between the photographers.
Costs: the cost for the four day workshop is $995 (there will be a modest lab charge for film 11x14 and larger and the model fee for those in the portrait option). Credit and debit cards are accepted. There is a $100 fee to hold a place. The $100 fee is refundable provided there is a wait list and we can fill the slot that has been canceled.
Discounts: For students who have attended prior LF Workshops at Camera Commons, there is a discount of $150 of the four day course fee.
Accommodations and meal costs are the responsibility of the student except for lunch on Sunday. We will be using Camera Commons technicians to process and scan your work. All students will receive at least one 12x18 inkjet print of their favorite image.
Darkroom Access: Access to the darkroom is limited due to the processing of all the photographers work during the weekend. However, we do offer up to two full days of darkroom mentoring before and after the four day workshop:
Darkroom Options Wednesday or Monday: These options are available on either the Wednesday preceding the full workshop or the Monday following. Up to two students can be accommodated either day. The cost is $395 a day for the silver gel darkroom day and $495 for the Pt/Pd darkroom day which may be split between two photographers taking the same class. There is a limit of 2 photographers for a darkroom day. Camera Commons provides all supplies.
Pt/Pd Darkroom: A one day introduction to Platinum printing, a 19th century method of hand crafting prints that uses platinum and palladium rather than silver gelatin. Students who have made negatives prior to or during the workshop will use their negatives to make contact prints either using the in-camera negative or from a scan of the negative that is used to make a digital negative. Digital images taken with your digital camera may be used to produce the digital negative you wish to use.
Silver Gelatin Darkroom: One full day of conventional darkroom experience, including alternative methods of film development and an introduction to split filter printing. Students will use their own negatives, made during the workshop or prior, to make silver gelatin prints
There are many hotels and B&Bs in the area of Portsmouth and Dover. We recommend staying in Portsmouth due to the photographic opportunities there during times when you are not in the workshop. Go to www.portsmouthnh.com for a full listing.
Note: The Basic LF Workshop is available on a two day program one-one for $895.
One on One Workshops
Basic Digital Photography:
Do those button confuse you? What is raw vs jpg? How do I take better pictures with my camera? These are 3 2 hour one on one classes to teach you how to control of your digital camera and use the existing light to best advantage. Instructors: CC Staff and cost is $395
Adobe Lightroom - One on one - scheduled around your needs $395
This is a 6 hour one on one workshop in either two or three sessions. We teach all the modules in Lightroom including Library, Develop, Printing, Books, Slideshows, Pre-sets including NIK and the interface with Photoshop. You will learn to organize your libraries and be able to retrieve any photo within seconds. $395 for 6 hours. Instructor: David Speltz
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Introduction to Photoshop - One on One - Six hours scheduled around your needs $395
Instructor Meg Gillis
Retired Professor of Graphic Arts
This workshop introduces Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 for Photographers and Graphic Designers. Participants will be retouch, restore, and enhance digital photographs through the use of non-destructive editing techniques: selection tools, smart objects, layer masks, adjustment layers, blending modes, camera raw filter adjustments (and/or Lightroom integration), luminosity masks, and smart filters. Introduction to creating composites will be introduced as well.
Intermediate Photoshop Techniques - One on One - scheduled around your needs $395
This workshop builds on your existing knowledge of Photoshop CC 2015.5 and takes your photo-editing skills to a new level. The workshop is for Photographers and Graphic Designers using both Lightroom and Photoshop. Participants will continue to retouch, restore, and enhance digital photographs through the use of non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop: review and application of smart objects, layer masks, adjustment layers, blending modes, camera raw filter adjustments (or Lightroom integration), and smart filters. More sophisticated projects will be introduced using numerous tools in Photoshop. We will, in addition cover Luminosity masks to get the best results for our photographs. We will take photographs from Lightroom to use Photoshop’s sophisticated healing tools as well as reinforce skills using layers and layer masks to build composites. Instructor: Meg Gillis.
Mastering Film and Darkroom
Learn to create negatives that work the first time and how to make a fine proper proof print at the enlarger with minimum hassle. $395 for two three hour sessions.
Platinum Printing - scheduled around your needs $395 plus lab fee
A full day of instruction on Platinum printing in our alternative print darkroom. Designed to meet your schedule needs. $395 inclusive. One on one, learn to make digital negatives, calibrate exposure times and adjust platinum chemistry to make beautiful hand made prints. Not for the faint hearted, but the results are stunning.
At your convenience (one on one)
All one one on classes are $395 for 6 hours or $75/hour
Book making with Lightroom
Basic Digital Camera
Digital Negatives for Silver Gelatin Printing
students. $895 - no lab fee.
Past Workshops and Events
New55 PN Day
Hand Coloring B&W Prints
Large Format View Camera
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