Fine Art Reproduction

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Melbourne – Studio Workshop
•  27 May 2018
•  25 November 2018


This intermediate/advanced studio workshop develops the practical skills and critical understanding needed for the successful photographic documentation of 2D and 3D works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, manuscripts, books, costumes, jewellery, glassware, and photographs. The workshop includes the staging, lighting, exposure, processing, archiving, and colour management and editing of files for publication in print and online. While state-of-the-art equipment is used during the workshop, particular emphasis is placed on achieving the best possible results with your own equipment in your own studio.  Specific topics include:

Reproduction Theory
•  Reproducing colour and form – illusion versus fact
•  Colour representation in a digital workflow
•  ISO viewing, display, and capture standards
•  Reprographic lenses – resolution, contrast and MTF curves
•  Diffraction, distortion, chromatic aberration and optimum apertures
•  XY scanning, single shot, multi-shot cameras, and tethered capture
•  Lights, lighting and controlling reflections
•  ICC and DCP camera profiling and ISO standards

Photographing 2D Works
•  Geometry, alignment and scale
•  Flat lighting flat works
•  Balanced lighting with Equalight software
•  Scene calibration and lens cast calibrations
•  Reproducing surfaces, textures and colours
•  Drawings versus paintings versus prints
•  Books and multi-camera book cradles
•  White, grey and black balance and quality control targets

Photographing 3D Works
•  Perspective – drawing with a lens
•  Depth of field calculations, focus stacking, and exposure stacking
•  Diffuse and direct reflections, polarisation and the family of angles
•  Lighting highlights, shade, shadows and the third dimension
•  Lighting backgrounds, light tents and light boxes
•  Spaces and places, and colour balancing mixed light sources
•  Greyscales, rulers/scales and white balance targets
•  Green/blue screen and masking considerations

Post Processing Workflows
•  Creating Archival Masters and Derivatives
•  File formats RAW, DNG, TIFF and JPEG, file naming, and keywords
•  Adapting black & white points, contrast ratios, depth and dimensionality
•  Soft proofing setups and limitation
•  Converting to sRGB for web distribution
•  RGB to CMYK, greyscale, and spot colour conversions
•  ISO and 3DAP publishing standards
•  Prepress hard proofs, guide prints and print buys

The workshop is effectively a working reprographic studio, where objects and images are photographed, processed, distributed and output for web, press, and print-on-demand services.  Attendees are encouraged to bring along any examples of their reprographic work, particularly any issues or problems you are encountering, as well as original objects and images to photograph and reproduce on the day.  There is also a workshop resource website with detailed course notes, videos, reference guides and test targets.

Class Size:  Maximum class size of 5
Course Duration:  Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue:  Les Walkling’s Studio, Heidelberg, VIC.
Workshop Cost:  $330 including GST per person
Bookings & Enquiries:  Email or phone +614 38 59 00 93