Dovercourt Lighthouse

Envisioning and Creating Fine Art Images

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Event info

This will be a live, three-part interactive on-line workshop for up to six people. Tickets will go on sale on 1st May.

Creating a fine art image starts in the mind of the photographer. Colour or monochrome, high or low key, minimalist or dramatic and bold, each are decisions that will influence not only how the shot is captured, but equally how the image is handled during each stage of post-processing.

Spread across three days and involving more than 6.5 hours of workshops and interactive discussion, tutor David Rosen will share his highly structured and in-depth fine art possessing workflows. The workshops have been designed as a post-capture blueprint to provide photographers who wish to take maximum advantage of their creative vision to create fine art photographs, but who lack in-depth experience of the necessary fine art processing techniques and skills.

Each of the three workshops has been designed to provide an in-depth insight into one of three fine art techniques. These will be:

- high-key minimalist B&W

- low key dramatic B&W and

- fine art colour.


For each technique the role and importance of envisioning will be explored, followed by live processing backed up by explanatory slides. Each of the key steps and milestones will be explained and how envisioning should drive each of the processing steps and the choices between alternative techniques.

The topics covered and techniques shown will include image file preparation (colour space and profile settings) and their influence on subsequent processing as well as important early choices in Camera RAW prior to B&W conversion. In addition the various B&W conversion options and their strengths and weaknesses are shared, including the issue of image degradation and how to avoid it during processing. The importance of selections are pointed out and the key strengths and weaknesses of luminosity and vector based masking.

Throughout the workshop, the role of processing milestones will be stressed and how to use grouped and stamped layers to separate and maintain the integrity of earlier processing stages. The combined use of blend modes, layer masks and image adjustments will be demonstrated and how they can be used to transform selected areas of the image. Finally, the later stages of fine art image editing will be shown including various dodging and burning techniques, gradient mask overlays and recommendations on how to best sharpen fine art images.

Each of the six participants will be invited to submit in advance of the workshop a RAW image that they believe has significant potential the start of the workshop. David will provide individual feedback on each image, including suggestions as to a fine art processing strategy. Having consolidated their thoughts, participants will be invited to briefly share ideas on their selected image at the end of one of the workshop days. Included as part of the workshop will also be one opportunity for participants to submit their image after it has been processed for any feedback and suggestions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have gained an initial grounding in the role of envisioning in the creation of fine art photography and the current genres of fine art photographic styles. They will have also been exposed to the various techniques and processing strategies needed to create several different styles of fine art images. Finally, whilst this workshop is not intended as a comprehensive course on fine art photography, it should however provide an inspiring background and early stage post-processing technique backgrounder with regards the exciting possibilities of fine art photography.

In order to take part in this workshop, you will need:

  • a computer with webcam and microphone

  • a reasonable internet connection

  • Adobe Photoshop installed

  • a working knowledge of layers, masks and selections in Photoshop

More of David Rosen's work can be seen on his website


Event timings are stated in UK time.


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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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