Following requests from Benjamin’s previous students at the college, this additional day is designed to offer you extra time to process your portfolio of images taken on field trips. Based in the IT Suite, you will learn how to get the very best results that you can achieve from your digital camera’s raw files. After reflecting on your field trip images, you will select the images that you most wish to enhance.
The day will be spent critiquing and processing images from the courses that you have attended (as well as other shots you may have acquired since, using the shooting and composition techniques learned together at West Dean). Initially be paying particular attention to the fundamental importance of acquiring the best possible in-camera images that you are able to, so there will be a brief recap and run through of that important element of technique instruction.
The course is taught with the screen-projected Adobe software that is installed on the IT Suite’s workstation PCs. While you may be using Adobe’s Lightroom and possibly Photoshop already, some of you will be working with camera manufacturer proprietary software, GIMP or Affinity. The course will be appropriate for either, as the tutor will give Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) raw-file conversion instruction, which is appropriate, with their very similar algorithms, to all software packages today. There will be some Photoshop instruction too, so you get to experience working with layer adjustments. Again, the alternatives to Photoshop that you may already be using will be broadly similar in their functionality.
While the college PC workstations are running up-to-date Adobe software on Windows, if you prefer Apple products, you should bring your own Mac laptops or other devices that you typically use for image manipulation and/or storage.
With this additional day’s instruction, you will have a clearer idea of the very best results that you can achieve from your digital camera’s raw files. You will also be able to work with some basic layer-adjustments, producing the subtle but important localised modifications to your images that will help to take them to a new level.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
What students need to bring
- Laptop (if you would prefer to use your own device for processing images)
- A portable storage device with your images from the twilight landscapes course to work on – and to save images to at the end of the day
- A note of your Adobe login may be useful if you are using college PCs.
- Notebook and pen
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).