How-to Print on the Epson 3880: 10 AM Sat, Jan 26

This orientation is open only to PhotoMidwest members. Learn how to use PhotoMidwest’s Epson 3880 printers. These use pigment inks on up to 17” wide paper and can handle flat media such as poster board up to 1.5mm thick and 16”wide.

This orientation should enable members to come in any time the building is open and print on these printers.

For more details and to sign-up (mandatory!) go to How-to Print on the Epson 3880 Printers in the online Store.

(Re) Discover Black & White Film, 2-Day Class: 9 am - 5 pm Sat & Sun, Feb 2 & 3

My work explores the frictional encounter of two opposites: digital image making, ... and the mysteries of the darkroom, which are sensual and beyond my control.

I like pushing the boundaries of photography. Nowadays, as digital takes over, many artists are returning to analog photography. It echoes what happened when photography took over painting’s role as a faithful recorder of reality. Painting literally took off in new directions. When one medium is replaced by another, it is set free and things start to happen.

- Baptiste Rabichon,
At Arles Festival, 7 Promising Photographers to Watch, N.Y. Times

Why is film photography, particularly black and white film photography, undergoing a resurgence? The reasons are many and you may want to enroll in (Re) Discover Black and White Film for any of them.

Wet-process methods were the only photographic method for most of history. Learning wet-chemistry photography helps you understand the challenges and choices photographers made prior to the digital era, just as a lab class helps you understand a science or a studio class helps understand another art medium.

Film photography gives you the foundation to explore  alternative processes such as cyanotypes (a relatively easy process) to more challenging wet-plate processes.

There are also hybrid digital-analog workflows. A film negative can be scanned, digitally processed, and printed. Conversely, a digital image can make an inkjet negative for prints using light-sensitive photographic paper, a photopolymer plate, or a photo emulsion silkscreen.

Photographers today continue to work in film and related wet-processes. PhotoMidwest's (Re) Discover Black and White Film class will start you on your journey and give you the training to use one of the few wet darkrooms in Madison.

For more about the resurgence of film photography see:

  1. The Great Film Renaissance Of 2017 on B&H's website.

  2. This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback on Time magazine's website.

  3. The increasing popularity of film classes in high schools, High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft.

  4. Striking a Balance Between Film and Digital, B&H website

Black & White Film, Beyond the Basics 2-Day Class: 9 am – 5 pm Sat & Sun, Feb 9 & 10

Take your black and white film developing and printing skills to the next level. This class provides more in-depth darkroom experiences printing 35mm or larger negatives. Classes are supplemented with additional darkroom time outside class time. In-class critiques of their finished prints will be in more depth.

You will be introduced to 120mm roll film and sheet film, fiber-based paper printing, and processing for archival printing. Students will work independently in the darkroom outside of the class meetings.

Students Experience Level: Completion of (Re)Discover B&W Film class or equivalent B&W film class. Knowledge of camera functions, e.g. shutter, aperture, etc. Students determine what they want to learn in the class (camera formats, fiber paper, etc.).

To learn more about this class and to enroll, go to Black and White Film, Beyond the Basics in the online Store.

Studio Lighting Class 12:30 - 4:30 pm Sun, Feb 16

Ever thought about setting up a home studio? Taking advantage of the studio rental available at Photo Midwest? Purchasing or trying out some studio strobe lighting equipment? Or do you want to take your portrait lighting to the next level? If so, this is the class for you.

John Lorimer, professional photographer and MATC Photo Instructor will guide you through the various options for using professional lighting. Beginning Window Light possibilities, you will experiment with continuous “Hot” and “Cool” lights, Speedlights, and studio Monolights to create a variety of indoor lighting. This class uses demonstrations, video tutorials and direct hands on shooting experience with a live model with a full range of lighting equipment.

For more information and to enroll, go to Studio Lighting Class in the PhotoMidwest online Store.

Intro to Photoshop Topics begins 7 pm Mon, Mar 4

This 5 session course will cover the very basics of Photoshop as a lead in to a more wide ranging set of classes to be offered later on a variety of Photoshop Topics.

Over the 5 intro classes we will introduce the workspace, moving from Lightroom to Photoshop, essential Tools, basic Layers, Selections and Layer Masks. It is intended for individuals who are comfortable editing in Lightroom, who may have dabbled in Photoshop but want to learn or review the basics so that they can make better use of the powerful Photoshop features. (If you are new to editing you should start with our Lightroom Basics class).

The class will be limited to no more than 8 students for lots of hands on instruction Requirements include having your own laptop with LR/PS CC loaded. Photoshop CS 6 or higher is acceptable. You should be comfortable with Lightroom, Camera Raw or Elements.

For more detail and to enroll, go to Introduction to Photoshop Topics in the online PhotoMidwest Store.