Post-Processing Intensive—San Francisco

Skills Series Night Photography Workshop

You’ve spent a lot of time building your camera skills and honing your photographic vision. Now it’s time to take it to the next level. Post-processing has become an integral part of nearly every discipline of photography. Just as the black and white photographers of the 20th century were able to creatively interpret their work in the darkroom, we can now use modern technology to enhance our photos, and even to create images that were impossible only a few short years ago.

Workshop Gallery

photos © Tim Cooper

Workshop Details

April 18-23, 2020 — Sold Out, Join Waitlist Below

This is a 5-night, 6-day workshop. Your experience begins at 10 a.m. on April 18 and ends after a final slideshow on the afternoon of April 23.

$1,850 + applicable taxes. Register below.

Skill level

Open to all who have an understanding of the basic principles of photography and and are eager to master the computer!

Class size

14, with 2 instructors — 7:1 ratio

Workshop Leaders

Interested in our Post-Processing Intensive workshop, but the dates or location aren’t ideal? We’re also running this in Castkill, New York, this year!

Register Now Waitlist Only

  • Deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot at the workshop.

  • Balance of $1,350 due on January 20, 2020. Pay balance here.

  • You may choose the “Pay in Full” ticket if you desire to pay all at once.

  • Last day for a cancellation request is January 19, 2020 (see cancellation and refund policy).

  • The workshop fee does not include transportation to and from the park, lodging, food or the park admission fee.

 


The Workshop Experience

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If you are ready to take control of the entire creative process, this workshop is for you.

This classroom intensive will be based at the Corte Madera, just over the Golden Gate Bridge. We’ll spend six days in the learning studio studying and practicing ins and outs of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Don’t worry, though—all work and no play make … well, you get the idea. We’ll also get you out in the field to make some images in the beautiful Bay Area.

What You Should Know

We want you to get the most out of your workshop experience. Struggling with computer skills while you are trying to learn two new software programs is no fun. Please be sure you have the following skills before arriving:

  • basic computer navigation

  • downloading your images from your camera and storing them in folders on your computer

  • viewing your images after downloading them on your computer

  • selecting images and transferring them to a flash drive

A laptop loaded with the latest versions of Lightroom Classic CC (not the mobile version, Lightroom CC) and Photoshop are mandatory for the class. If you are currently using Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC, you are all set. If not, click here to purchase and download the latest versions from Adobe. You’ll want the Photography Plan. Currently the cost for both programs is $9.99 per month.

What You Will Learn

The goal of this workshop is to teach you the necessary skills to take complete control of your post-processing. From searching, organizing and editing your images in Adobe Lightroom to stacking, blending and fine-tuning your images in Photoshop

Areas of focus:

  • understanding the Lightroom Catalog

  • making full use of the Library module in Lightroom

  • understanding how and why we adjust our images

  • gaining a complete understanding of Lightroom’s Develop module

  • the connection between Lightroom and Photoshop

  • layers and masks in Photoshop

  • star stacking

  • layering different exposures of the same scene to bring out the foreground in night photography

  • and much, much more …

Night & Light Conditions

Travel

You are responsible for your airfare and car rental. If you are interested in sharing a car rental, let us know and we will try to connect you with someone in the group. We wholeheartedly encourage carpooling! The workshop will be based in Marin County just north of San Francisco in the town of Corte Madera.

Nearby Airports:

  • San Francisco (SFO) — 1 hour to hotel

  • Oakland (OAK) — 1 hour

 

Food & Lodging

To gain quicker access to the Marin Headlands and northern areas of San Francisco, we’ll be staying in the sunny town of Corte Madera. This hotel is conveniently located with quick access to the highway (it takes about 10 minutes to get to the Golden Gate Bridge!) and many good restaurants. You are not required to stay at the official workshop hotel, though doing so makes it easier to meet with the group for class time and field shoots. Booking info and a group code will be sent after registering.

You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own meals and accommodations. If you are interested in sharing a room with another participant, let us know and we will try to connect you with someone like-minded in the group.

Weather

We’ve all heard the saying “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Not entirely untrue. Spring and fall are actually really nice times to visit. April temperatures are typically mid-60s F during the day and low-50s at night. While these numbers may seem temperate, remember that standing still for long periods of time while photographing can make you feel colder than you would feel otherwise. Couple that with the possible winds along the headlands and we could have some pretty cool nights.

Recommended Attire:

Casual. Jeans, hiking pants, hiking shoes, tennis shoes, long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, warm jackets, gloves and hats. It can get cold and windy around the bridge. 

Considerations

The majority of this workshop will be spent in the classroom. Several evening shoots are planned in the local Bay Area.

Please read our FAQs section for more information about skill and gear requirements, and other information that pertains to all our workshops.

If you have questions, please contact us—we're happy to talk it over with you.

 

Discovering Digital ...

So much has changed since those early days of digital imaging, but the one thing that has not is my continuous search for the highest-quality imagery possible.
— Tim

I’ll never forget my first time seeing fine digital prints.

I was teaching an advanced darkroom techniques workshop when another instructor came and said, “Tim you have to got to see George DeWolfe’s work.” On my next break I took a walk over to the adjoining lab and witnessed what were the most beautiful and glowing black and white prints I had ever seen.

They were not silver prints—they were way better. George had been scanning his negatives (no digital cameras to speak of yet) and using Photoshop to print them. I was floored. I was also an instant convert.

So much has changed since those early days of digital imaging, but the one thing that has not is my continuous search for the highest-quality imagery possible. Today that involves our digital cameras, Lightroom and Photoshop.

It’s curious how you can sometimes point to a single moment in time that completely changes your path forever. Thank you, George DeWolfe!

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