Printing for The Fine Art Photographer

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann


Bill AtkinsonandCharlie Cramerare renown for their comprehensive seminars on fine art printing, as well as for their own world-class landscape and nature photography. These highly regarded weekend seminars by Charlie and Bill are usually given atThe Ansel Adams Gallery,The Lepp Instituteand atCalypso Imagingin California. Their very popular workshop atCalypso Imaginghas been presented over 25 times since 2001

Now, for the first time, this weekend workshop is being offered atThe Luminous Landscape Gallery and Print Studioin Toronto, Canada.

This class will give you the tools to go beyond your transparency, negative or digital camera file and imagine the possibilities within your image – tools that will enable you to make your images stronger and more compelling. Much discussion will center on critiquing prints (produced both before and during the class) and exploring what makes an exceptional print.


October 13 – 14, 2007

The seminar begins on the evening of Friday, October 12 at 5pm. There will be an introductory evening session, and this is followed by all-day hands-on sessions on Saturday, Oct 13, and Sunday October 14, concluding that day at 6pm

Everything you need to know to make the finest digital prints from your color transparencies, negatives, or digital camera files will be covered. Subjects will include equipment selection, workflow, color management, scanning, using Photoshop to fine-tune your images, preparing files for digital printing and printer set-up and operation.


Seminar Schedule – Friday evening through Sunday

(more than 20 hours of intensive instruction and critique)


Best practice in creating "Master" files


Using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
Getting the most of our your digital capture

SCANNING (Optional)

Purchase vs. service bureau-do I need my own scanner?
What is a good scan and how to tell

COLOR MANAGEMENT (covered in depth)

Using color management to insure consistent results from
monitor to final print
Color management software
How do I color-profile my monitor, scanner, and printer?


Recommended techniques for working on files
Making a Photoshop Master file using adjustment layers
Photoshop selection tools-tips and techniques
Setting density and color balance
Retouching, burning and dodging
Preparation of files for output to various printers
Using the "Smart-sharpening" action script (included)


Selection of monitor and monitor calibration software
Printers for proofing and printers for final output
Software for image processing
Digital cameras


Archival methods of mounting and matting digital prints


Class Size and Prerequisites

This seminar is limited to just 20 participants, and will only be offered once in Toronto during 2007. Anyone attending should havebasicPhotoshop familiarity. This is not a beginners or introductory course on Photoshop.

Each participant will be required to bring their own laptop computer (PC or Mac), and have a copy of Photoshop (CS2 or CS3) installed on it. Lightroom should also be installed, or at least Camera Raw 4.1 if CS3 is used.

Seminar participants are encouraged to bring four (4) prints of the current work to show and discuss with the instructors and other seminar members. Also bring image files to work on during the seminar.



The cost of this all-inclusive weekend seminar is US $695. This includes a materials fee to cover ink and paper used in printing, two working lunches and dinners on-site both days, and continuously available refreshments during all three days and evenings. There are no additional costs. (Canadians please note that seminar fees are in $US, because that’s the way our online store is set up).


Sign Up and Pay Online

Out-of-town participants will be directed to one of several good quality yet moderately priced hotels near to downtown (under CDN $150 / night). These hotels are about a $5 – $7 taxi ride from the gallery / studio. If you are coming from any distance, traveling by car or by air, you should figure on arriving at the gallery no later than 6pm on Friday evening, and on leaving the gallery to head home no earlier than 6pm on Sunday evening.


If you are unable to attend after registering and making payment online, a refund of $549 will be possible up to Sept 1, 2007. After that date a refund of that amount may still be possible, but only if your place can be re-filled. If we have to cancel this seminar for any reason, a full refund will be made.


Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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