Piezography for Beginners is perfect for you if you're thinking about getting into higher standard black & white printing or you've started off recently in Piezography, or if you've been Piezography printing for awhile and now want to seek out some expert practices.During this workshop you will install the software onto your laptop including lots of bits and extras (for coming to see us!). While we won't have you install inks into the workshops printers (3880s, P800s, P400, P600, R3000, 7880, 9900) we will demonstrate how to install inks into the workshop printers. We'll even show you how we maintain our printers with methods that you can do with yours. You'll learn how to print to the different workshop printers from your own laptop. Our printer network is quite state of the art but easily replicable at home. If you're only used to tethered printing - you'll appreciate the ability to send print jobs over a network to one of however many printers you can fit in your studio. I happen to load mine up with paper at the end of the night, and then do the printing from home. It allows me to get one final print run in without having to wait for all the spooling of the image files. I do that from home and collect the prints in the morning. Network printing may be an odd thing to teach at a workshop to be sure - but if we didn't then you might not know how to if or when connecting to your printer with a USB is not practical.You'll be printing your own images and you will probably have lots of Photoshop and Lightroom questions. We'll show you how to set those up for optimum workflow and print quality, and you'll also get time practicing print specific imaging techniques. We teach what is useful, and what leaves the least evidence behind, and what gets you where you want to go most efficiently and intuitively.There are a lot of different ink systems and papers and we will encourage you to try your photographs with all of them - find what you prefer. The workshop is an excellent opportunity for that type of exploration. Printing is a huge part of this workshop. Bring lots of images - but please also bring the raw images or unedited images. If you haven't printed with Piezography - it will show much more detail than you'll be used to. We want to make sure that you're not printing over-processed images. While it's a great learning experience to remake images using the techniques we teach, it will be frustrating if you do not have a backup plan for over-processed images. We recommend bringing both the edited and unedited versions. Calibration is really where it's at with Piezography. It produces a match to screen whether for regular printing or alternative process printing. If there is enough interest we may demo a platinum print or a photopolymer gravure print. Both use Piezography ink sets, and the concept is the same. Piezography produces prints that match your display (rather than your trying to calibrate your display to match a print.) We invented a process that allows you to work intuitively if you wish to. Originally, Piezography was designed to print linear in a way that exceeded what a screen could display. And we still teach that! But, we also show how to use an optional workflow to make the Piezography print match the image from your computer display.Our Piezography Professional Toolset opens up even more options. You'll actually learn to make profiles while you're with us. Everyone gets a run through as a one-on-one. We believe the new tools are really powerful. It's not just for making profiles. And if you want to get deep into that software - come back or stay on for the Advanced Piezography workshop.Before you pack up and leave we'll have a group critique for everyone. And yes weather permitting we do throw a good deck party behind the studios. That night we also leave the studio open later for printing. However, if you really want to up your cooking game stick around Jon starting about 5pm if he's making paella outside. He may even put you to task! By 7p you and your invited significant others are welcome for paella, beer, wine, and other bevies. It's one of our favorite aspects of the workshop getting to know everyone a bit better. Those who bring portfolios can share their work. We close the studios about 9p that night (this is usually Wednesday evening).
Location and Hours:
The studio is located at 17 Powder Spring Road, Topsham, Vermont 05076. It is registered with Google Maps and you can trust Google directions to our studio. The studio is open to students, and instruction is provided from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Your instructor sets time for demonstrations, lunch, critiques and clean up. On Wednesday we try to have a paella party in the Summer when weather permits. In the Fall we try to do something similar. But, we do keep the studio open later on Wednesdays. We also encourage sharing your work on Wednesday early evening. So plan for staying a bit later on Wednesday to share, eat, or get a bit more printing done!
Our nearest airport (75 minutes) is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT. Other airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (130 minutes) and Boston-Logan (180 minutes). There are car rentals as well as private taxis and shuttles between the airport in Burlington, VT and East Topsham.
The amount of lodging near us is very limited. You must make reservations early if you want to be within walking distance of our studio. There is a small B&B with friendly owners and excellent breakfast and 5 minute walk: http://www.vermontbackintime.info/
East Topsham is where we are and a 4 room Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance (1 minute drive)
Back in Time Bed & Breakfast
Fairlee, VT is the Lake Morey Resort: www.lakemoreyresort.com (25 minute drive)
Newbury, VT quaint historic village (30 minute drive):
Gibson House Bed & Breakfast
Barre, VT old granite town a little past its prime (25 minutes drive):
Millstone Inn (heart of the old Websterville granite quarries)
Firehouse Inn (literally the old downtown Barre Firehouse but now with a restaurant and rooms)
Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast
Woodsville, NH a little
Norwich, VT quaint historic village (40 minutes drive) Norwich Inn (with its own brewery)
Montpelier, VT is our State Capital but a tiny historical town with tons restaurants (45 minutes drive):
Betsy's Bed and Breakfast
The Inn at Montpelier
Capital Plaza Hotel
Hanover, NH where Dartmouth College is (45 minutes drive):
Hannover Inn (upscale and fine dining)
Six South Hotel
We provide a tasty and healthy lunch each day according to the questionairre you are asked to fill out prior to your arrival. Coffee, espresso, and tea are all very important to us and is always available fresh. We have a refrigerator in case you need to bring things you would rather not be without.
Stella's Italian Restaurant
The Lime Inn
Lantham House Tavern
Beau Butchery + Bar
Three Penny Taproom
Peyton's Place Restaurant