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Spring 2020 – 1 Day Workshops

 DSLR Primer

Saturday / February 11, 1-5pm
Instructor: Dan Boardman
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop Description

Did you get a new camera over the holidays and need some help getting started? Come to Light Work and together we will unpack all the important menu settings together. In this hands-on workshop we will cover digital basics and the fundamentals of exposure. Bring your camera, manual, lenses and questions.

Meet your instructor

Dan Boardman received a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in both public and private collections. In 2016, Aperture short-listed Boardman for their PhotoBook Award and he was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in 2013. Recent exhibitions include 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, Harvard University, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland, Sad Gallery in Seattle, and The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame.

Intro to Creative Studio Lighting

Saturday / February 22, 1-5pm
Instructor: Nando Alvarez-Perez
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop Description

Light it up! This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the creative use of studio-based strobe lights for still life and portraiture. Foundational concepts such as light falloff, contrast ratios, and three-point lighting will be explored in practical scenarios. Other topics covered will include: syncing cameras with transceivers, light modifiers, and using colored gels for creative effect.


Meet your instructor

Buffalo, New York, native Nando Alvarez-Perez studied the history of cinema at Hunter College in Manhattan and received his B.A. in film studies and special honors from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. In 2014, he graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Photography. His work has been shown throughout the West Coast and was featured in Salón Boricua as part of the 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Most recently, his work was exhibited at the inaugural edition of UNTITLED Art Fair in San Francisco as well as part of the exhibition, “Insights: New Approaches to Photography Since 2000,” at Photofairs SF. He is the co-founder and co-director of The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art and Editor-in-chief of Cornelia magazine.

Do-It-Yourself Framing

Saturday / April 25, 1-5pm
Instructor: Victor Rivera
Cost: Member ($25) / Non-Member ($50)
*Material fee: $50

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Workshop Description

1-day workshop learn mounting and framing basics for photographic prints. Students will be provided materials for mounting and building a frame for 1 – 14×18” print. Topics covered will include best print handling practices, best mounting practices, how to cut matte board, and framing techniques. This workshop will teach you the professional skills necessary to finish your artwork to be exhibition ready.

Meet your instructor

Victor Rivera was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in central Florida, and is currently living in Upstate New York. Rivera earned a master of fine arts degree at Syracuse University in 2014. He currently teaches as an adjunct instructor of photography at Syracuse University and is the exhibitions and collections manager at Light Work.

Capture One Basics

Saturday / May 23, 1-5pm
Instructor: Dylan Nelson
Cost: Member ($25) / Non-Member ($50)

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Workshop Description

Capture One is an image editing software used in professional photographic environments. In this course we will learn the end to end workflow of Capture One – from file ingest to output. Through demonstration and hands on experimentation we will walk through the various powerful tools and key components of the software. Looking to optimize your tethered workflow? How about batch process images through multiple output recipes while preserving your crop and metadata? What?! Come find out what all of that means – it is way simpler than it sounds.

Meet your instructor

Dylan Nelson is an artist with a day job living and working in Minneapolis. His book Amber Gambler is held in the collection of The Walker Art Center, Pier 24, and St. Olaf College. His works are in the private collections of literally two people and one was a family friend so it sort of doesn’t count. His work has been exhibited at the University of Minnesota, Yeah Maybe Gallery, Aperture Gallery, and a bunch of other ones. During the day he is a retoucher and digital tech working with a wide group of commercial clients such as Levi’s, Target, Wal-Mart and Puma.

Spring 2020 – 4 Week Classes

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Mondays / February 3- 24, 6-8pm
Instructor: Kendra Ward
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Learn the foundations of adjusting and manipulating your images with Adobe Photoshop. This course will introduce workflow techniques and concepts for adjusting color and tone, resizing, saving and printing your photographs through Print Tool. The first two hours of this course will be instruction followed by one hour of open.

Meet your instructor

Kendra Ward is a photographer originally from Texas and currently living in Syracuse, New York. She earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University, and is currently working as a Lab Assistant at Light Work.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop

Tuesdays / March 3- 24, 6-8pm
Instructor: Becky Marris
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Become a retouching master in this advanced level of Adobe Photoshop. This course will give you all the tools necessary to make complex layer masks, composites, and do difficult retouching work. This workshop will make you an expert in seeing color and tone, understand sharpening, and prepare files for print. The first two hours of this course will be instruction followed by one hour of open studio time.


Meet your instructor

Becky Marris is an artist working primarily in photography. She received a BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, where she had a concentration in Photography. Her work deals with the brain’s ability to subconsciously record information, and how it ambiguously recollects those memories. She is currently a printmaker at Light Work.

Lightroom

Thursdays / March 5- 26, 6-8pm
Instructor: Dan Boardman
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Learn the ends and out of this incredibly versatile software. Lightroom is a great way to edit and develop your images. In this course you will learn the fundamental elements of Lightroom and discover ways to integrate Lightroom into your workflow.

Meet your instructor

Dan Boardman received a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in both public and private collections. In 2016, Aperture short-listed Boardman for their PhotoBook Award and he was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in 2013. Recent exhibitions include 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, Harvard University, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland, Sad Gallery in Seattle, and The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame.

How to Make Great Prints

Mondays / April 6 -27, 6-8pm
Instructor: Ryan Krueger
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

This class is all about making the best possible prints. We will learn the ins and outs of photoshop, color management, and printer specific settings. We will play with scale and experiment with making large and small prints.  Beyond just learning the best techniques, we will build up our knowledge of printing by looking at prints from the Light Work collection.

Meet your instructor

Originally from New Jersey, Ryan Krueger has lived for the past decade in Portland, OR, where he received his BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited his work over the years at Blackfish Gallery and HQ Objective (both in Portland), and at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles. Outside his art practice, Ryan also engaged with Portland’s arts community through his work as a photo technician. His years of specializing in film processing and photographic digital printing has informed his practice through commercial and community-based labs as well as a self-directed Do-It-Yourself printing practice from his own home.

Shooting Film

Tuesdays / May 5 – June 6, 6-8pm
Instructor: Victor Riveria
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

The course covers basic technical skills needed for shooting and processing black and white film, negative scanning and printing. We will also touch on photographic history as it relates to art photography and basic theory in a casual, nonacademic environment. The course will be tailored to each participant’s skill level and individual motivations for taking the course as much as possible. We will focus on the unique workflow associated with film. Each student will leave 2 finished prints. *An analog 35mm camera is required. This class is open to photographers of all levels.

Meet your instructor

Victor Rivera was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in central Florida, and is currently living in Upstate New York. Rivera earned a master of fine arts degree at Syracuse University in 2014. He currently teaches as an adjunct instructor of photography at Syracuse University and is the exhibitions and collections manager at Light Work.

Shooting Digital

Thursdays / May 7 – June 11, 6-8pm
Instructor: Ryan Krueger
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

The digital SLR can be a maze of menus and choices. It can be hard to know where to start or if you are getting the most from your camera. This course invites you to explore all the functions of your dSLR. We will learn the basics and advanced settings that will help you develop creativity. Each student will learn how to get the most from these amazing cameras and leave with 2 finished prints.

Meet your instructor

Originally from New Jersey, Ryan Krueger has lived for the past decade in Portland, OR, where he received his BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited his work over the years at Blackfish Gallery and HQ Objective (both in Portland), and at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles. Outside his art practice, Ryan also engaged with Portland’s arts community through his work as a photo technician. His years of specializing in film processing and photographic digital printing has informed his practice through commercial and community-based labs as well as a self-directed Do-It-Yourself printing practice from his own home.

Memberships: Light Work members receive discounts on all classes and workshops. Contact us if you are uncertain of your membership status. No matter your skill level, Light Work Lab staff are here to help you go further with your photography. Stop in, e-mail, or call 315.443.1300 to book a tour or one-on-one session today.