Digital artist/photographer, and Harlan County Kentucky native, Malcolm J. Wilson, will present, “HDR Landscapes & Structures: An Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography” May 9-13 at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe, KY. The workshop will focus on tools and techniques for creating HDR digital photos for artistic expression. Demonstrations will include enhancing photos, plug-in filters, image manipulation and preparing files for printing. Students will learn to use HDR software including Photomatix Pro, HDR Darkroom Pro and/or HDR Photo Pro (Photomatix Pro is Wilson’s Personal Favorite).
Drawing inspiration from the historic Pine Mountain campus and the surrounding communities, students will also take a couple of breaks from the classroom to go out and create some imagery for HDR processing. The workshop will include preparation of photo files for archival display, and will culminate in a public photo exhibition/reception on Saturday night at Pine Mountain Settlement School.
High dynamic range photography is digitally akin to Ansel Adams’ Zone System. No software or computers are required for the workshop but having a laptop with Photoshop Elements or full Photoshop and one of the listed above HDR software packages is a plus. Students without computers will be teamed with those who do.
Participants will discuss camera techniques and software Wednesday night and Thursday morning, do field shooting work in the region Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and do HDR tone mapping Thursday evening and Friday afternoon/evening. Saturday, students will print, mount and hang an exhibit of the work for a public reception Saturday night at the school. Printing and mounting supplies are included in the cost of the workshop. Students take their exhibited work, suitable for framing, with them after the exhibition. The workshop will conclude after breakfast on Sunday, so students can spend Mother’s Day with their families, and perhaps present mom with a beautiful, new HDR print that will definitely hang on the wall, not the refrigerator.
Workshop participants should have basic computer skills, including an understanding of cut and paste, as well as a working knowledge of photo editing software before enrolling in this course. Familiarity with at least one photo program such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is suggested.
Cost is $350 and includes meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday breakfast, 4 nights lodging, materials and instruction. Enrollment is limited to 15 people.
Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodations, with shared bath. Bed linens and towels are furnished. All Pine Mountain Settlement School buildings are smoke-free. No pets or firearms are allowed on campus.
Meals are served in the Laurel House dining hall. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.
A non-refundable advance deposit of $100.00 per person is required at the time of registration and will apply to the total cost of the event. Lodging is not guaranteed without deposit.
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