Black and White Mastery Workshop with John Paul Caponigro
Join John Paul Caponigro to delve deeply into black and white imagery during the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere. You'll learn the heart of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, including the latest advances. Use the power of digital imaging and printmaking to advance your unique vision!
- Date: Dec 10-14, 2018
- Destination: Caponigro Arts, Cushing, Maine, USA
- Genre: B&W, Fine Art, Printing
- Skill Levels: Intermediate
- Group Size: Max. 12
- Includes: You'll leave with at least one exhibition quality print and the confidence that you can make great prints in the future.
The Fine Art Digital Printing workshop series offers the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere.
You'll learn more in one week than you learn in a semester in college.
This workshop closely follows the content of Jean Paul Caponegro's most popular workshop, The Fine Digital Print Intermediate, but delves deeply into black and white imagery.
Mastering Black & White
To make the best black and white image today a digital photographer's standard practice needs to be revised entirely, starting with making exposures in color and converting them to neutral images, enhancing them with precise curve control, going further with digital masking's extraordinary possibilities, and finally choosing between an enormous array of print media from traditional materials, such as silver gelatin, to inkjet prints capable of producing the blackest blacks of any available media and being toned limitlessly.
With these techniques you'll learn a new way of seeing, which will open up a world of possibilities for you when you go to make exposures.
The Black & White Mastery workshop translates traditional photographic language and practices into new digital media.
You'll see, use, and evaluate a variety of printers, ink, papers, drivers/RIPs and profiles.
You'll learn how to look at and what to look for in great prints. Specific focus will be directed to Epson printers.
The Heart of Photoshop Will Be Revealed
By the end of the week you will have taken a sophisticated tour of the fundamentals of the digital imaging process, a recommended workflow, and a variety of techniques and tools to help improve your digital files and prints.
You'll leave with at least one great print and the knowledge you need to get the results you're looking for when you return home.
You'll also leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.
Getting You Involved
With more change to photography in the last decade than in it's entire history, this is a very exciting time to be involved.
Come find out about the latest developments in digital printing and see what the latest printers and media can do for you and your images.
Put the R/Evolution to work for you.
Use the power of digital imaging and printmaking to advance your unique vision!
Topics You'll Cover
- Color Management
- Essential Printing Tests
- Substrate Surveys
- Integrating Lightroom, Bridge, Camera RAW, and Photoshop
- Fine Art Workflow
- RAW Conversion
- Smart Objects
- Color Adjustment
- Black & White Conversions
- Selection and Masking
- Resolution and Resampling
- Noise Reduction
- Sharpening Workflow
- Input, Creative, Output
- Print Finishing, Handling and Storage
- Exhibition Practices
- The Business of Fine Art
You'll leave with at least one exhibition quality print and the confidence that you can make great prints in the future.
Getting Feedback On Your Work
Reviews for this workshop are brief. They take place informally throughout the week as you work on your images and during breaks.
Viewing Original Masterworks
One of the best ways to learn how to make better prints is to expose yourself to great masterworks.
You'll develop an eye for the aesthetics of photographic printmaking.
You'll become sensitized to the many nuances that add up to make a great print.
During John Paul Caponigro's workshops you'll see original master works from the history of photography including original prints by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Kurt Markus, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Chris Rainier, Joyce Tenneson, George Tice, Jerry Uelsmann, Brett Weston, Minor White, Huntington Witherill, and many more.
This Workshop Is Right For You If
You want to acquire a rock solid foundation for all of your current and future digital imaging and digital printing needs and the confidence that you're getting the best results you can.
Also see Fine Art Digital Printing Intermediate, which covers the same material but with less emphasis on black-and-white imagery.
Getting Ready - Preparing for the Workshop
You will need... An open mind and curiosity are the primary requirements for this week.
You need a portable computer, digital files, and Photoshop.
You should be comfortable with Photoshop. If you're familiar with layers, blend modes and masks but have yet to master them, this is the workshop for you.
Consider John Paul Caponigro's Advanced workshop only if you've mastered them.
You should be familiar with the topics we plan to cover and ready to advance your knowledge at a rapid rate.
The more you bring to the event, the more you'll take away.
Become a Part of Our Community
When you take a workshop you become a part of a community. You discover how much you have to learn from others - and how important that is.
You also discover how much you have to give to others - and how good that feels.
You will be able to connect and stay in touch with people who have similar shared experiences and interests on dedicated Facebook and Flickr group and John Paul's Alumni blog.
"The Black and White workshop was great because of the teaching and explanation of the concepts. Being able to go thru all the steps and actions, and viewing and discussing John Paul's images and those of others." —Bob Greenberg
Caponigro Arts Location
All Caponigro Arts workshops are held at John Paul's private studio in Cushing, Maine.
Workshops typically run from 9am - 5pm.
Studio courses offer one early (5-7) and one late evening (5-9) lab session. Studio workshops are held primarily indoors. Short field trips are scheduled by request only. Field workshops involve some travel and substantial time on location.
Preliminary and final sessions are held in studio.
Maine is beautiful!
You may want to photograph in the area before or after class.
You may also want to arrive or depart a day or two early or late and experience some of the gems of the area.
John Paul Caponigro
John Paul Caponigro is one of the most prominent visual artists working with digital media. His art has been exhibited internationally and purchased by numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian.
John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using state-of-the-art digital technology. A form of environmental art in virtual space, his work is about the perception of nature and the nature of perception. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change.
Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, Google and TEDx. He leads seminars and workshops around the globe.
John Paul’s work has been published widely in numerous periodicals and books including Art News and The Ansel Adams Guide. Author of the video training series R/Evolution and the book Adobe Photoshop Master Class, for over twenty years he has been a contributing editor to a variety of magazines and websites including Camera Arts, Digital Photo Pro, The Huffington Post, and Apple.
John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Coloratti. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, Kodak, and Sony.
Total Cost: USD $1,995
Deposit: USD $350.00
Group size is limited to 12 participants. Limited class size and selective enrollment ensures that participants receive individual feedback and that pace and topics covered may be adjusted based on the needs of the group.
Tuition & Payment
- Prince includes all lab fees
- Pricing is for tuition only and does not include transportation, lodging or food.
- There are no additional fees.
- We require a non-refundable, transferable deposit of $350 to hold your place in the workshop. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.
- Participants will be billed full tuition 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.
- Early registrants (8 weeks prior to the start of the workshop) receive a 10% discount on the full price (deposit of $350 is still due now to hold your place in the workshop).
- Returning students (alumni) receive a 10% discount, regardless of time of registration. This discount is not cumulative with the early registration discount or transferable.
- You will receive a 10% discount for every workshop participant referral you make. This discount is cumulative and transferable.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy for Caponigro Arts Workshops
- If for any reason you need to withdraw, please notify Caponigro Arts Workshops 30 days or more before the start date of your workshop.
- At that time we will transfer your deposit, less a $150 cancellation fee.
- If notification of cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the start of the workshop, we will retain the full deposit amount, non-transferable.
- If notification of cancellation is made less than 15 days before the start of the workshop, we must retain the entire balance paid.
- No refund of any fees will be made for withdrawal after the workshop begins.
- Caponigro Arts reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 15 days before the workshop begins.
- Caponigro Arts and Photo Educate are not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Caponigro Arts recommend you purchase travel insurance through Travelex.
- In the event that a workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrolment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months.
- There are no exceptions to this cancellation and transfer policy.
Participants need to bring their own computers. While we recommend you bring your own software, we can provide software for use during the week. Digital cameras are required for field courses only. Our studio equipment (printers, scanners, spectrophotometers, etc) is available for participant use during each workshop.
In special cases, we may be able rent you a computer for a workshop. An additional lab fee will be charged. Please inquire about availability when you register.
PC users should have few concerns about compatibility, as courses are Adobe-centric.
Paper and ink is provided at no extra charge. We use Epson media. If you would like to print on alternate substrates feel free to bring your preferred media.
How Should You Prepare for the Workshop?
- Bring your portable computer loaded with your software to work on. Caponigro Arts do not provide computers/monitors. In special cases, on a very limited basis, Caponigro Arts may be able to provide equipment for you. Caponigro Arts are able to provide the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for your use during the week. Caponigro Arts provide all printers and media - Epson. If you have a special kind of paper or substrate you wish to use, bring it.
- Bring removable media. You'll save valuable time if you bring your own portable hardrive. Caponigro Arts also provide CDs and DVDs.
- Bring your images. Caponigro Arts can look at images in any form: prints, reproductions, electronic slideshows, websites. Prints or individual electronic files that can be browsed in Adobe Bridge are ideal for portfolio reviews.
- Bring a camera. The single biggest mistake John Paul Caponigro says he makes is not bringing his camera with him everywhere he goes. You're bound to find something beautiful during your time at Caponigro Arts, so be ready to make images at a moment's notice.
- Bring something to take notes with. For some a computer keyboard is enough. Some like pen and paper. Others like audio recorders.
- Write down a clear statement of what you hope to accomplish during the workshop.
- Write a well defined set of questions you need answers to.
- Optionally, read the first section (Input to Output) of John Paul Caponigro's book Adobe Photoshop Master Class. Give some consideration to the second (Translating Tradition) and third (Compositing for Classicists) sections. Browse the fourth (Alterations), fifth (Atmospheric Effects), and sixth (Montage) sections for ideas.
- In coming to a workshop, you're setting out on a journey. Make the most of it by taking some time to reflect on what you are about to do before you leave and what you have done when you return. Joseph Dispenza's book The Way of the Traveler has excellent food for thought.
- Expect to meet interesting peers, share similar passions, and see things from new perspectives!
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