The Autumn 2017 Complete Photographic Process for B&W


The Autumn 2017 Complete Photographic Process for B&W

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Instructor: Bruce Barnbaum

October 1, 2017 (9:00 a.m.) to October 6, 2017 (1:00 p.m.)

Workshop Fee: $1250 (includes complete lab fees)

Deposit amount: $150

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Top Photograph -- Barnbaum - Dance of the Corn Lily

At Bruce’s home/darkroom, Granite Falls, Washington

Workshop Fee: $1250 (includes complete lab fees)

Classical b&w film-based photography and the classical darkroom are alive and well! This workshop proves both.

The most important part of photography is seeing, and the second most important thing is carrying that seeing through to a final image that conveys your thoughts to others. Whether your route is traditional film-based photography or digital photography, this workshop will dramatically enhance your seeing, and your ability to carry it through to the final print. You'll learn about strong seeing, about light, about effective composition, about creating a mood and interpreting a scene to turn it into your own vision. You'll learn how to express yourself better about the world that is photographically important to you, and how to create whole new worlds. Even if you do digital work, alone, you'll learn a great deal of value from this workshop. Why? Because Photoshop techniques are derived directly from traditional methods. 

Traditional film has an enormous brightness range that few users are aware of. Today's traditional b&w darkroom offers powerful tools to bring your vision to completion. Taking full advantage film’s extraordinary range and the darkroom’s immense power and flexibility, these hands-on workshops explore all aspects of the modern b&w process, from negative exposure and development to fine printing of the negative. Our emphasis remains focused on one central goal: photography as an artistic, expressive form of non-verbal communication.

You'll learn how to most effectively expose and develop your negatives to control their contrast range and make your prints glow. You'll see demonstrations of printing by a master printer using the highest quality variable contrast papers, including unique tools for burning and dodging. You’ll learn about potassium ferricyanide reducing—bleaching—for refined control and additional print brilliance. And you'll produce them yourself because the workshop is hands-on: you print your own work in Bruce's fully equipped, state-of-the-art darkroom with feedback from him throughout. We do not know of another workshop that offers this opportunity. Demonstrations will show selenium toning of prints, full archival processing of prints, plus mounting and spotting of prints for display. And you’ll experience one other thing: the darkroom becomes your refuge, a contemplative place conducive to creating fine art.

The triumph of this workshop is the complete integration of the photographic process. You'll learn how to envision your final print while standing behind the camera viewing the scene, and then to create a strategy of negative exposure and development, and darkroom printing to fulfill that vision. The days are long, but so filled with both information and fun that you'll hardly notice. You'll get wonderful refreshments throughout the day prepared by Bruce's lovely wife, Karen, and fabulous breakfasts that she prepares each morning. Their dogs make the week even more pleasurable.

Workshop details: 

The workshop begins on Sunday morning, October 1 after breakfast—prepared and served by Bruce’s lovely wife, Karen—at their home. We request participants arrive  Saturday, September 30 to join us that evening at 7:30 p.m. for dessert, wine, an informal get-together to meet one another and see the facilities we’ll be using during the workshop. The workshop runs through Friday afternoon, October 6, closing at about 1:00 p.m. Please plan your travel to allow full participation in this workshop. 

Workshop Setting and Accommodations:

The workshop couldn't be in a more beautiful setting. An hour's drive north of Seattle, Bruce and Karen’s home is surrounded by over a hundred acres of forests, meadows and marshes, with immediate access to forest and mountain hiking trails on U.S. Forest Service land in the rugged North Cascade Mountains. Participants can stay at the Mountain Loop Bed and Breakfast—a magnificent home and guest house—just down the road, with additional rooms available in Bruce and Karen's home or guest house, plus camping on their property, or at U.S. Forest Service campgrounds nearby. 

Once you return your application, we send you complete information about all accommodations. We'll make all reservations on your behalf, beginning the Sunday the workshop begins, and ending Thursday night prior to the close of the workshop on Friday afternoon.

Bruce Barnbaum is as widely respected for his photography as he is for his educational and art books. His “Essence of Photography” was awarded the best photo-eduction book of 2015 by German publishers and booksellers. He works traditionally in black and white; digitally in color.

To register for this workshop via the website, please pay the full amount ($1,250) or the deposit ($150) using your Visa or Mastercard credit card (sorry, no other credit cards). If you register with a deposit, the full payment is due 6 weeks prior to the workshop.

Alternatively, to register by regular mail:

Download the workshop application to your computer from here: 

Workshop Application.doc  or a PDF version: Workshop Application.PDF

Print it out, fill it in, and send it to:

Photographic Arts Workshops

P.O.Box 1791

Granite Falls, WA 98252