Workshops for photographers

I teach workshops for photographers in alternative process, large format camera use, and working with the portrait and nude.  I have scheduled group sessions and private sessions, and am especially interested in mentor ships. I have course dessciptions below and options for registration here.  

 

 

The Meaningful portrait and the studio nude

November 21-22, 2015
    Here is an opportunity to spend 2 days photographing in a beautiful daylight studio with photographer Ray Bidegain. Students will have a chance to work in the studio with two models each day using natural light. The first day will concentrate on making meaningful portraits that connect with the model and reveal something about the photographer.  Portraits that transcend beyond the subject identity to make portraits meaningful to all viewers will be our goal. The second day we will be working with nude art models.  I will help you learn how to be intentional with your photography, and begin to make work that is both beautiful and rewarding.  There will be demonstrations on lighting, posing, and above all how to work with a model to get the most of the session. Students will be able to work independently as well as one on one with Ray Bidegain. All formats are welcome, although demonstrations will be made using a large format camera that Ray uses for all his work. There will be time for looking at student work, and Ray will be showing his platinum prints. The sessions will be 4 hours each day and will be limited to 6 students.

    There will be a group review by Ray Bidegain of the photographson a date after the workshop to be determined by the interested students.
 

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Learn large format photography with Ray Bidegain.  In this workshop you will be introduced to large format photography, with two sessions to choose from.  Students can sign up for the first day working in a beautiful daylight studio, working on still lives, and portraits with art models.  The second day we will be working outdoors making landscape photographs.  Students who sign up for both days will receive a discount on both days.  Students should bring their own large format equipment to use if they have it, if you do not have your own equipment some will be available for students to use during the workshop.  
Learn large format photography with Ray Bidegain.  In this workshop you will be introduced to large format photography, with two sessions to choose from.  Students can sign up for the first day working in a beautiful daylight studio, working on still lives, and portraits with art models.  The second day we will be working outdoors making landscape photographs.  Students who sign up for both days will receive a discount on both days.  Students should bring their own large format equipment to use if they have it, if you do not have your own equipment some will be available for students to use during the workshop.  


The Studio day:

  • Types and styles of view cameras, basic operation and accessories.
  • Loading film holders
  • Metering
  • Camera movements for still life photography
  • Still life composition
  • Camera movements for portrait photography
  • Working with art models
  • Posing, gesture, and intention
  • Basic B&W film processing demonstration


The Landscape day:

  • Types and styles of view cameras, basic operation and accessories.
  • Loading film holders
  • Metering
  • Camera movements for landscape and nature photography
  • Landscape composition ideas
  • Ideas on being intentional with your landscape photography
  • Back to Ray Bidegain's darkroom for film processing demonstration.


 

  

The art and Science of Platinum printing

Private Sessions

Platinum palladium printing is one of the alternative processes and the prints are both beautiful and a joy to make. In this workshop you will learn the skills and techniques needed to make your own platinum palladium prints and hopefully discover a new medium for your photographic work.

What we will be talking about: 

  • In camera negatives for platinum/palladium printing 
  • Making enlarged Digital negatives 
  • Techniques for hand coating the paper
  • Contrast control 
  • Suppliers 
  • Paper stocks suitable for platinum/palladium prints Print finishing and presentation Questions and topics from the students


What to expect:

We will be working with medium format or larger negatives. Any negative that prints well on number 1 or 2 grade of silver paper will work for platinum printing I will provide appropriate negatives to print with if you don't have your own. I will also be covering the process of making digital enlarged negatives for platinum printing. You will have the opportunity to make some enlarged negatives from you digital files or small format negatives. The workshop will begin by looking at my platinum prints.  The next few hours will be spent explaining and demonstrating the process. After that the we will spend the majority of the rest of the workshop printing. I will continue the instruction as I supervise and assist you with your work. By the end of the workshop you will have a nice collection of platinum prints, and a good understanding of the process.  This workshop is for 2 day private one-on-one sessions at my studio.


Wet plate Collodion tintypes and ambrotypes

Private sessions

Wet Plate Collodion Tintypes and Ambrotypes:

Spend the day with Ray Bidegain learning this fascinating old process. You will learn how to mix up the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes.  We will spend the day pouring plates and making images in my studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process. This class is for students who like on-on-one learning, and would like to have my full attention for the day.  I will supply all of the materials and cameras for the day.
 

  • Learn and understand equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion
  • Use of 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes
  • Pouring plates
  • Exposing plates
  • developing plates by inspection
  • finishing plates using sandarac varnish
  • Safety