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Dr Les Walkling Capturing and Processing Images | 1–2 September 2018




Dr Les Walkling
Capturing and Processing Images

1–2 September 2018

Once you have gained enough control of your camera - its basic exposure modes, focusing and lens choices - what comes next? This two day course presents a surprisingly simple but incredibly empowering workflow. It includes not only advanced camera craft techniques and the creative control involved in developing your own files, but also their efficient organisation, storage, retrieval, and archiving. The course features Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop in a practical inquiry based approach that ensures immediate refinements and significant improvements to your capture and processing workflow. Specific topics include:

The First Principles of Digital Photography
• The digital transformation of continuous tone and resolution
• File size versus print size: How many pixels do I need?
• Bit depth: 8bits vs. 16bits vs. 32 bits
• Resolution: Image, screen, and printer/print
• Understanding JPEG, TIFF, PSD and RAW file formats
• Monitor calibration standards: Are you seeing correct colour?

Camera and Lens Craft
• Working with camera filters: ND, Graduated, Polarized
• Mastering depth of field and hyperfocal distances
• Extending depth of field with focus stacking
• Capturing high dynamic range images
• DNG profiling cameras and colour confidence
• Monitor calibration and seeing ‘correct’ colour

Importing and Archiving Digital Images
• Importing, cataloguing, sorting, renaming, and keywording images
• Histories, templates, presets, and search engines
• Handling and protecting images while travelling
• Image libraries and DNG archiving workflows
• Backup strategies and permanent storage solutions
• RAID (0, 1, 5, 10) and Beyond-RAID storage systems

Processing and Exporting Digital Images
• Processing RAW digital camera files
• The famous five colour and density correction fundamentals
• Selecting the right RGB settings and working spaces
• Sharpening and soft proofing digital images
• Re sizing images while maintaining image integrity
• Export settings for print, web, email and photo books

Integrating and Editing Photoshop
• Do you need Photoshop?
• Navigating Photoshop without losing your way
• Taming Photoshop’s complexity and eliminating confusion
• Nondestructive versus destructive image editing
• Making images ‘sing’ and ‘dance’
• Working creatively between Lightroom and PhotoshopCopyright Les Walkling 2018 Last updated 18 January 2018 8/12

The course runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm on both days, and includes generous breaks for individual consultation. It is based on practical investigations and solutions to real world problems, such as capturing what you ‘see’ and ‘feel’, consistently creating high quality images, preserving and locating missing files, high volume batch processing workflows, seeing correct colour, working confidently with Lightroom and Photoshop, and adapting your capture workflow across a broad range of photographic interests, styles and histories.

There is also an extensive workshop resource website with detailed course notes, videos, and test files.

What to bring?

Please bring along your camera and any accessories, and if possible also bring a laptop computer running any version of Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop. While a laptop is not essential and certainly is not a course requirement, you are most welcome 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, Peta Clancy, Siri Hayes, and Bill Henson.

Venue: The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC.
Class Size: Maximum class size of 12
Course Duration: 10.00am–4.30pm both days
Enquiries: info@ccp.org.au or +614 38 59 00 93

Image: Les Walkling The approaching storm 2012

*In registering to participate in this event, you acknowledge you will enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by CCP and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar CCP events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of CCP. You release CCP, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitising, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by CCP or the person or entity designated to do so by CCP.

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