CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PRINTING

Matching the print to what's on screen doesn't have to be a trial and error process, whilst printing variations of the same image helps to decide the final look of the print. Photo © Jorg Westphal

Matching the print to what's on screen doesn't have to be a trial and error process, whilst printing variations of the same image helps to decide the final look of the print. Photo © Jorg Westphal

 
 

CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PRINTING

EDDIE EPHRAUMS & ADRIAN HOLLISTER

Explore the creative potential of printing diptychs, triptychs and multiple image-sets, whether for exhibition, portfolio or book. In this hands-on workshop we will address the practical issues and explore creative approaches, working with both Epson and Canon printers.

Location: Open Studio Workshop Centre. Scotland
Dates: Sept 24–29, 2019
Cost: £1660
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There are so many exciting ways to print and present images that go beyond the confines of the single, individually printed image, hung by itself in a picture frame. In this workshop, we will explore the creative and narrative potential of printing diptychs, triptychs and multiple image-sets on single and individual sheets of paper, and discuss how these might be presented. And we will also print some images large, to explore the effect that size (whether large or small) has on the way that an image or group of images works, for maximum effect.

Printing in twos, threes or more is so much more than a technical exercise. It challenges and teaches us how to edit our images, selecting the ‘right’ ones to tell the story (as opposed to just picking our favourites) and learning how to post-process them to achieve a cohesive, balanced result. These are skills that take time to learn and we will have plenty of opportunity to practice them during the workshop.   

Each day we'll have printing demonstrations and discussions, covering practical subjects as well, such as workflow, soft-proofing, choosing the right paper and ironing out printer settings. We will also explore creative techniques, like interpreting the image, balancing the print and developing a personal aesthetic. And, rather than trying to judge on-screen how the printed image should look, we'll encourage you to make a variety of proof prints that we can compare, assessing the results together, before making the final prints. We are sure to learn much from each other.

During the week, you'll have plenty of time to put into practice what you've learnt, controlling your own printing, connected to Epson or Canon printers via the studio network. And, as with all our workshops, you'll get plenty of time-off on location to make new images, with the printed result (and your new-found printing skills) very much in mind.

Our aim is to help you develop your creative printing and print visualisation skills, and – crucially – your confidence, so that printing becomes second nature and a vital, exciting part of your photography. Whether you are new to printing or want to refine your techniques, it's so much more fun and instructive to learn in a supportive workshop environment.