2017 Workshop with Maine Media Workshops

I'm pleased to announce a week-long workshop of my popular The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print course in August. The workshop, offered through Maine Media Workshops, runs from August 20th-26th, 2017.  You can sign up at the Maine Media site, and the course description is below. Please let me know if you have any questions!

The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print
In this course, students learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality. Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, make modifications, to ultimately produce a final print.
We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, many of the plethora of options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.
Students have the opportunity to examine the challenges of printing on a large scale and to learn a wide range of techniques for maximizing overall print quality and for creating and handling large prints.

Printing Workshop Next Week

I hope summer is treating everyone well! I just wanted to make a quick note that I'm teaching a week-long workshop next week (August 21-27) at Maine Media Workshops. The workshop is called The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, and If you are curious you can find out more here. So, I'll be somewhat out of touch next week but I will try and return any messages as quickly as possible.

Upcoming 2016 Workshops

I'm pleased to announce four fine art printing workshops for 2016, all through Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME. My 2-day Advanced Digital Printing Course will run on March 19th-20th, 2016. My week-long course, The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, will run twice also on May 15th-21st and August 21st-27th.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the workshops, and I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Workshops

I have four upcoming 2015 printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and since one was just added, I thought that I should update things. If you are interested in signing up, you can do so at their website, and feel free to ask me any questions about the courses.

I'm teaching the Introduction to Digital Printing weekend course on June 6th-7th and I'm teaching the Advanced Digital Printing course May 16th-17th.

I'm teaching the week-long course The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print on May 24-30th and August 23rd-29th.

Fine Art Printing Presentation Thursday Night in Topsham

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Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday night, at 6:30 in Topsham, I’ll be giving a presentation at the First Light Camera Club in Topsham. I hope to see some of you there!

Here’s the press release:

TOPSHAM — First Light Camera Club will host Midcoast fine art photographer Jim Nickelson speaking about The Craft and Art of the Digital Fine Print Thursday, April 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 8 Horton Place.

Nickelson’s presentation will cover a wide variety of considerations when making fine art digital prints of work. Admission to the program is $10, free to FLCC members; membership costs $35 a year and can be purchased at the door.

Nickelson’s talk will focus on several aspects of digital printing including color calibration, paper choice, maximum print size and image preparation. Nickelson will present his philosophies on printing and offer an overview of the steps necessary to make prints match artistic intent. The program also will cover image editing and image interpretation to maximize the potential of final prints. Selecting a home printer and working with custom and online printers will also be covered.

“I consider the fine print to be the whole purpose of photography, even in a world where digital dissemination of images is becoming more and more prevalent,” said Nickelson, proprietor of Nickelson Editions in Camden, a fine art digital printmaking studio that provides custom fine art digital prints for scores of photographers and other artists.

Nickelson works as a full-time fine art photographer and educator specializing in square format landscape, nature and night photography. His photography has received numerous awards and has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries across the United States. His photographic work also resides in several corporate, public and private collections.

Founded in 1990, First Light Camera Club hosts meetings three times per month from September through May, as well as photographic workshops and field trips all year long. Programs include technical nights, image critiques, photo outings, mentoring and guest speakers. Future speakers will focus on Astrophotography, April 24; Digital Image Critiques, May 1; and Paul Cunningham, official photographer for the Freeport Fire Department and other nearby towns, May 8. For more information, visit firstlightcc.com; email info@firstlightcc.com; or call 729-6607.

Three New Printing Workshops at Maine Media

I will be teaching three weekend printing workshops at Maine Media Workshops this winter. I’m teaching a 2-day Introduction to Digital Printing workshop on March 15th-16th and a second time on April 26th-27th. I’m also teaching a 2-day Advanced Digital Printing workshop on April 5th-6th. I’m happy to answer any questions about either of the courses, and if you’d like to sign up, please click the links and go to the Maine Media Workshops site and follow the steps there. You can find all of my upcoming workshops here.

Here is the course description for the Introduction to Digital Printing workshop:

Bring your digital images to print form in this informative 2-day introductory workshop.

Learn techniques essential for generating high quality digital prints by exploring the relationship between image processing software like Adobe Lightroom and your printer. This course covers the basics of digital color and black & white printing, how to process images for print, common problems digital photographers encounter and how to develop a cohesive personal workflow for consistent output. Students generate and print images on a luster papers using Epson or Canon printers. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.

And here is the course description for the Advanced Digital Printing workshop:

Advance your printmaking in this intensive 2-day workshop.Students who have made the leap into digital printmaking may have learned the basics, but if you are striving to advance yourself, this workshop is for you. Students are exposed to use and evaluate the latest Epson printers, ink, papers, and profiles. An integrated approach to using Adobe products like Photoshop and Lightroom will all be detailed and practiced. This intense 2-day workshop goes deeper into fine-art printmaking and explains the tools needed to understand how it differs from making a basic print. Through direct classroom demonstration, critiques, and lectures, students learn a variety of techniques and tools that will help improve and refine both their digital files and print output. Participants leave with finished prints and the knowledge needed to get the results they are looking for. Also, students leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.