Fine Art Photography Workshops at the Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Valley

Rex Naden has been serving for many years as the assistant to well-known fine art photographer Charles Cramer in teaching 5-day workshops at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Two classes are held each year, in May and November. These are the best times for color photography in Yosemite.  These Shooting and Lab classes are intended for intermediate to advanced photographers who intend to create the best possible Fine Art Images. See also Workshops in Silicon Valley.

Dogwood, Morning Fog, Smoky Mountains

WORKSHOP TITLE: Digital Printing for the Fine Art Photographer

  • Instructors: Charles Cramer, assisted by Rex Naden

  • Dates: May and November, each year

  • Location: Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams Gallery

  • Level: Intermediate

  • Class Limit: 8

  • Tuition: $1,350 (Materials Fee Included)

  • Rooms have been set aside for workshop participants in Yosemite Valley.  A form will be sent to you upon registration that will allow you to reserve one of these rooms.

  • After each workshop, Rex Naden publishes an inexpensive MagCloud Catalog containing two images from each student plus images from Charlie and Rex. This available Catalog serves to acquaint the student with the latest color-managed Print-on-Demand book publishing capability.

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Charles Cramer and Rex Naden will show you everything you need to know to make the finest digital prints from your digital camera files, transparencies or negatives. From capturing your vision in digital or film images to scanning film to choosing the right printer, Charlie and Rex will share the results of extensive testing in the pursuit of making the best possible prints. This class will expose students to the state-of-the-art in digital techniques and equipment. And beyond the technical details, you will learn ways to make your images stronger and more compelling, including for each participant a review of your own images with your peers and instructors.

Students should have a working knowledge of Photoshop. Exercises and a complete work book developed by Charles Cramer will be distributed prior to the class; "pre-work" is encouraged.

Subjects covered will be workflow oriented and will include color management, digital capture and RAW developing, using Photoshop to fine-tune your images, equipment selection and preparing files for Inkjet printing. A review of Adobe Lightroom will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to capture, fine-tune and print their own images on the Gallery's Epson and HP printers.

Dogwood, Morning Fog, Smoky Mountains, Copyright 2007 Charles Cramer
Integrals, Copyright 2013 Rex Naden

Subjects covered in detail include:

  • Digital Capture and developing RAW images
  • Which editing to do in Lightroom versus Photoshop and general workflow
  • Defining your own Vision- Composition, image detractors, image strengthenors
  • Color Management
  • How to insure consistent results from monitor to final print
  • How do I color-profile my own monitor, scanner, and printer?
  • Which calibration software works best
  • Image Processing
  • Recommended techniques for working on files
  • The Master File and adjustment layers
  • The refinement of your photograph
  • Making a numerous prints of your own images
  • Photoshop selection tools---tips and techniques
  • Setting density and color balance
  • Retouching, burning and dodging
  • Preparation of files for output to various printers
  • Sharpening
  • Using "Charlie's Action" for smart sharpening (included)
  • Equipment Selection
  • Recommended Computers and Monitors
  • Printers for proofing and printers for final output
  • Software for image processing
  • Storage for large image files, CD and DVD writers
  • Digital cameras
  • Presentation of your images
  • Archival methods of mounting and matting digital prints

In addition to time spent in the digital classroom, workshop members will have the opportunity to participate in up to four instructor-led field sessions. During the workshop, field sessions will take place in the morning and evening hours, giving students the opportunity to make images around the Yosemite region while receiving instructor feedback.

CHARLES CRAMER ( studied piano for 25 years, receiving an M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. George Eastman, who also founded the Eastman Kodak Company, endowed this conservatory. This connection between music and photography can be seen in the lives of many photographers. Cramer gradually turned to full-time photography by 1980.  What initially started out as wet darkroom work transited into the digital era in 1997. Although far removed from darkroom-intensive dye transfer prints, the digital process gives him incredible control over the final image. These new advances allow Charles Cramer to realize his lyrical landscape images at their strongest and most compelling.  Cramer has taught photography for The Ansel Adams Gallery, and in 1987 was selected by the National Park Service to be artist-in-residence in Yosemite. National Geographic, the Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association have published his work. His photographs are in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

REX NADEN ( Rex's passion is landscape photography. Having spent decades in the semiconductor field, Rex now directs his interest towards Composition: the refinement of great images based on the sum of their elements. His lecture "Defining your Vision" is an introduction to Composition and highlights the characteristics of excellence in a photograph. Rex has exhibited at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, CA, the Los Gatos Art Museum in Los Gatos, CA, Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA, Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, CA, and at Courtside Club in Los Gatos, CA. His work is included in the permanent collections at Filoli, The Santa Clara Towers, Enphase Energy, Broadcom Corporation, and Courtside Club. Rex served for three years as a Trustee and managed the Exhibitions Committee at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel . He spent thirty-five years in the semiconductor industry. He holds fourteen US patents and B.A, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

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