Vision and Technique Workshop Oct. 6-9, 2017

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Vision and Technique Workshop Oct. 6-9, 2017



Richard Boutwell, Paula Chamlee and Michael A. Smith



Friday evening through late Monday afternoon

October 6–9, 2017 at Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee's home/studio in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


This workshop runs from Friday evening through late Monday afternoon. Our aim is to make it so complete that it will be the last workshop of its type that you will ever need.

The purpose of this workshop is to help you make better photographs, and through doing that, to experience personal growth. And if you already make beautiful photographs, but find that you don’t do so consistently, then this workshop is for you.

Although we work with view cameras and demonstrate with them, the workshop is not format specific. Digital photographers will split off and work with Richard Boutwell to process their raw images or scanned negatives. The digital techniques closely mirror what is demonstrated in the darkroom, and Richard Boutwell has developed a mastery of digital processing and printing based on his experience working with us in the darkroom, and translating out silver chloride contact prints into large format ink jet prints using in Photoshop, QuadTone RIP, and customized Piezography ink sets.

We intend this to be the definitive workshop for digital black and white photography. Even though this is only a weekend workshop, everything will be covered including developing raw images in Capture One Pro, working with scanned negatives, advanced intuitive Photoshop techniques, fine black and white inkjet printing, and proper use of the camera in a way that encourages creative vision. All technical matters will be discussed as a function of vision.

If you notify us beforehand of specific things you would like to learn, we will incorporate them into the workshop. Of course, we will expect you to ask plenty of questions as various topics arise during the weekend. There are no limits and we hope to meet your needs as fully as possible.

The $100 deposit is non-refundable. The remaining workshop fee of $1295 is due no later than 60 days before the beginning of the workshop. In case of cancellation it will be refunded up to 30 days before the workshop. After that time it will be refunded only if we can find a replacement participant. This policy was instituted due to two recent last minute cancellations and one no-show.