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Tim Handfield Digital Photography Workshops

Silouettes, Ethiopia, 2007

Tim Handfield, Silouettes, Ethiopia, 2007


6 AUGUST 2011

Level - Advanced

Date           Saturday 6 August, 2011
Time          10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Location      The Colour Factory, 409-429 Gore St Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Price           $175.00 (inc GST)
Students     $150.00 (inc GST)
Groups        10% off regular prices for groups of 4 or more when booked at one time

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Please download the Course Brochure full details of 2011 workshops.

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This workshop follows on from the 'Introduction to Photoshop Masters' course held on 4 June 2011. Attendance at the introductory course is recommended but not a pre-requisite for attendance at the advanced course. Attendees are presumed to have at least a basic understanding of Photoshop's layer adjustments, layer masks and blending modes.

The concept of a Photoshop Master File is to build the ultimate version of your digital image from its RAW source (scan or digital photo) using Photoshop's layer adjustments, layer masks and blending modes. The overall process is non-destructive in the sense that the original version of the file is contained within the layers and is never altered. But the techniques can involve dramatic transformations from the original.

-- Independent control of luminosity and colour
-- Local smoothing and sharpening
-- Colour to black and white transformations
-- Atmospheric effects
-- Global and local contrast control

The Photoshop Master File can then be used to output flattened versions of the image for any printing process incorporating scaling, colour management and print specific sharpening. I use this method for all of my work for exhibition or publication. The techniques can be very subtle and often the creation of the Photoshop Master File takes hours.


To reveal this process the workshop will commence with the layer by layer dissection of some of my own Photoshop Master Files back to their RAW source. During the dissection we will discuss and explore the rationale behind the decisions that led to the Master File.


The second part of the workshop will be an opportunity to work with files provided by the participants. As a group we will discuss the potential of the images for refinement and choose which images to work on.
We will then progress through to a finished Photoshop Master for as many originals as time allows. The finished Master Files will then be printed by Colour Factory staff and reviewed by the group.

Attendees whose files are chosen for printing will be given the resulting prints. All attendees will receive a voucher that may be redeemed at the Colour Factory for a digital print up to A3 on Kodak Ultra N (C Type) paper.

Tim is a fine art photographer of thirty years experience, with twenty years in digital photography. He is also an acknowledged master printer (analogue and digital) having printed for many of Australia's leading fine art and commercial photographers.

In these digital photography workshops Tim draws on his experience to enable participants to gain new insights and develop their skills in digital photography and image processing to produce superb print ready files.

Tim’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented in many public and private collections, including:

--National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
--National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
--Artbank, Sydney, NSW
--Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, CA
--Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra ACT
-- Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC

Our mailing address is:
Tim Handfield Digital Photography Workshops
17/8 Trenerry Crescent
Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Our telephone:
03 9419 2621

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