Summer School: 16-18 January 2018



This three day course, team-taught by Les and Andrey Walkling, covers the contemporary digital imaging workflow; from camera skills to the processing and archiving of images and their subsequent printing and preparation for exhibition, photo books, web pages, and social media.

Camera and compositional skills are important, but merely capturing well exposed photographs doesn’t make them interesting or engaging, and images on a hard drive don’t have a life of their own. Therefore we will also investigate the creative control involved in processing our own images, as well as their efficient organisation, retrieval and archiving in Adobe Lightroom. Files will also be prepared for printing and matched to beautiful papers. We’ll also work with Pro Labs and photo book providers, and images will be sequenced and arranged on walls, in books, and across web pages, while histories and theories of visual art are incorporated to expand your creative practice

Day One: Working with your Camera.
The day begins with us befriending the essential functions and features of your digital camera, and understanding how they creatively affect the appearance and meaning of your images. Studies in composition and the art of focusing, and depth of field and movement exercises are applied to different genres of photography to facilitate interesting and engaging compositions. Specific topics include:

• Navigating camera menus and manuals
• Aperture and depth of field
• Shutter speed and motion
• ISO settings and digital noise
• Lenses and perspective
• Creative compositions
• Subject versus camera contrast
• Creative exposure controls
• Fill flash techniques
• ‘Seeing’ the light

Day Two: Processing and Archiving.
Images from day one are downloaded and processed, refined and engaged. More photographs are taken and processed to reinforce the simple but comprehensive workflow. Along the way principles and understandings are revealed, and in turn confidence and certainty grows. Files are looked after but also played with to tease out their possibilities and surprises. Technically more challenging pictures are taken and what can’t be safely left to post processing is established. This embeds camera skills and craft in a workflow that ensures well considered, composed and rendered images. Specific topics include:

• JPEG versus RAW workflows
• Sorting, renaming, rating and syncing images
• Cataloguing, storing and archiving digital images
• Processing white balance, exposure, contrast, sharpness, colourfulness
• Selective control of hue, saturation and brightness
• Re-defining emotional relationships in the image
• File formats, output sharpening and resizing images
• Superior B&W conversions from colour originals
• Understanding colour spaces and file formats
• Image, screen and printer resolution

Day Three: Printing and Exhibiting.
With two consecutive days of capturing and processing behind us, it is time to consider what to next do with all our images. Our working environment is considered and refined, and output options from images online to prints on walls are explored. Images are now prepared for printing, both at home and in collaboration with ProLabs, and our images are test printed on different papers and sizes to investigate those creative possibilities. The CCP galleries become a research laboratory, and our prints are displayed and images projected in the education space as a rounding conclusion to our three days of hard work. Specific topics include:

• Seeing accurate colour on your monitor
• File size versus print size: How many pixels do I need?
• Selecting papers and printing processes
• Aesthetic considerations: depth, dimensionality and presence
• Optimising printer driver settings
• The B&W digital print
• Softproofing and hardproofing digital images
• Exhibiting prints and display/lighting considerations
• Export settings for web distribution and photo books
• Online galleries, communities and social media

This ‘hands-on’ inquiry based approach emphasises learning through ‘experimentation’, with the overall aim of developing an informed creative practice supported by efficient and effective digital imaging workflows. Also 1:1 consultations can be booked before and after class each day as required.

The course is especially designed for photographers and artists who are either relatively new to the world of digital imaging, or who are looking for an efficient refresher or extension course. Participants might also enrol in this course to help them decide what future equipment and software best meets their needs.

What to bring? Bring your camera and any accessories you have. While it is not essential, it is preferable that each participant also has a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed.

Enquiries: Please contact Les Walkling (Email) or phone 04 38 59 00 93.

Course Cost: CCP Members: $550 incl. GST. Non-members $610 incl. GST
BookingsOnline Bookings or phone the CCP on 03 9417 1549 after 5th January 2018
Venue: The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC.
Dates and Times: 10.00am to 4.00pm, Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th January 2018