In this course we work through the entire digital photography workflow including colour theory and colour management, system calibration, building our own ICC profiles, scanning, camera work and materials. Students learn how to use digital imaging software, peripheral capturing devices, and printer management specific to fine photographic printing.
From capture to finished print we address how use of technical control informs our ideas and creative voice, how a practiced knowledge of craft is essential to the creative process fostering much greater potential and possibilities for expression in photography. Another important aspect of this course is using the digital lab to produce photographic images of the highest quality and permanence. Photographs produced in the Center's digital lab rival, and most often exceed, those of the traditional silver process. In this class we are not concerned with expanded computer arts, per se, although elements outside the realm of photography are illuminated and addressed as they overlap and occur within our workflow. Camera work is of fundamental importance in the course, both digital and film cameras, image evaluation, as is aesthetics and the creative process in general.
The primary processing environment in our digital lab is Adobe Raw, Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. The printers we use are the Epson 7900, 4800, 3880s. We are doing our fine black-and-white printing using Jon Cone's incomparable Piezography carbon black ink sets on the customized 4800.
The digital photography class meets twice a week along with weekly one on one meetings with the professor.