Table Top Photography
Instructor: Don Sell
This class is intended for beginners and Intermediate Makers and artists who want to photograph their creations. Participants will learn how to use the Columbus Idea foundry light tent. The tent helps eliminate glare from shiny surfaces. We will explore how to control light and use flags to eliminate hot spots. Participants should bring their digital camera and a small item to photograph.
Students will learn its historical context and value of cyanotypes in the development of photography & view 17th century and current examples of cyanotype prints; acquire the ability to make cyanotypes using easily obtainable materials; gain firsthand experience in the technical aspects of making cyanotypes from both black and white film negatives as well as digital files; and explore various toning techniques and take home at least one handmade print.
Attendees will provide either:
1. A well-exposed digital file, needed one week in advance of the class, from which the instructors will make digital negatives for use in class. The cost of this process is included in the class fee.
2. A large format, normal contrast negative (4×5, 5×7, 8×10). Cost for B&W film and developing could vary substantially depending of format and whether chemistry needs to be purchased. 10 sheets of 4×5 film will cost approximately $30 and expect to spend $30 for developing chemistry. Previous experience in developing film is strongly encouraged if a student wishes to photograph with film.
Prior to the class your instructors will contact you in order to assist you in preparing the digital files.
Upon completion of this class, participants can use the darkroom to continue exploring and learning to create skills that add to the other mediums available at The Columbus Idea Foundry.
Safety Issues: Long sleeve shirts & full length pants, chemistry goggles (as per student’s discretion); vinyl gloves will be provided.
Prerequisite Skills: an open mind; an interest in the medium; and the ability to bake brownies (nuts are optional).
Please visit rickmerrick.com for further cyanotype examples.
Introduction to Black & White Darkroom Printing
Instructors: Richard Kenneth Merrick II and Wesley James Yoder
Attendees will learn the historical context and value of Black & White silver gelatin printing; view examples of B&W prints; gain firsthand experience in the technical aspects of making B&W prints; take home at least one print. Tongs will be provided so there is no need to have skin contact with any chemistry. Participants will provide their own 35mm, Black & White negative. For participants who do not already have B&W negatives, the instructors will develop Kodak TRI-X 400 film (Midwest Part # KOD1005 $4.00) and/or Kodak Plus-X 125 (Midwest Part # KOD1056 $4.99) at the lab located at CIF for $4.50 per roll. Results may vary with other brands/types of film at this time. Please contact Wes Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Kenneth Merrick II at email@example.com to submit your film. Participants using this option must have their film for development at the lab at least 1 week in advance of the class! The ability to obtain a good exposure with film; an open mind; an interest in the medium; and the ability to bake brownies are the goals for the class. Members may use the darkroom during open lab hours to continue exploring, learning and creating skills to add to the other mediums available at CIF.
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