2021 Workshop dates:
Christchurch: March 6/7th (full), September 4/5th, December 4/5th
Auckland: June 5/6th, June 12/13th, June 19/20th (2 vacancies)
Making digital negatives from your digital files or scans of film negatives opens up a whole world of contact printing for you using or one or more of the many historical and alternative photographic printing processes. This includes the platinum/ palladium process where we will use the digital negatives we make to explore the wonderful world of platinum and palladium printing.
Platinum printing is incredibly beautiful, tactile and archival and is one of the most revered photographic printing processes. If you are interested in learning how to make your own digital negative and platinum prints then get in touch for a teaching workshop for the perfect introduction. This 2 day workshop is intensive and hands-on with the emphasis being solely on printing and is designed so you will leave with a solid understanding of the process to continue printing when you return home.
The weekend workshop will take you through in detail,
- how to setup and use an inkjet printer to make digital negatives
- using brushes and glass rods to hand-coat watercolour cotton rag papers with platinum and palladium solutions
- how to control hue and contrast of the final print
- using a contact printing frame for exposing to ultra violet light
- processing your prints to archival standards so that they will last many generations into the future
- identify and troubleshoot common problems
- details on how to build some of the equipment yourself.
- contacts for local and overseas suppliers for equipment and materials.
The first day we spend learning how to establish print exposure settings and how to print and calibrate digital negatives of your images using an inkjet printer. By the end of the first day you will be making your first full size print. The second day we continue printing your images learning how to control hue and tone, how to fine tune your digital negatives and how to troubleshoot the process.
I have prepared detailed notes that are yours to take away including where to find the materials and equipment you will need when you get home. Get in touch using the reply section below if you have any questions or wish to make a booking. Each workshop is limited to a maximum number of 4 participants.
I’m also happy to discuss if you have some specific dates or outcomes you wish to explore in a one a on one workshop at my place or yours, whether you are a beginner or someone who wants to explore the many variations possible with the platinum and palladium process.
Get in touch below if you wish to enquire about availability and costs.