Fox Fridays: Introduction to Digital Negatives with QuadToneRIP
This is a one-day workshop to introduce creating digital negatives for alternative process printing. This workshop is designed for people to get started making digital negatives using inkjet printers and QuadToneRIP. The system is designed to be completely visual, and not require manual calculations or complex math on the part of the print maker.
Topics will include:
- Brief introduction to inkjet technology and Epson printers
- Comparing different digital negative methods and curve creation techniques
- Printers, papers, transparency material, inks, and color management settings for digital negatives
- Optimizing your files for printing
- Calibration for different processes using QuadToneProfiler-QCDN
- Basic introduction to platinum-palladium printing to demonstrate the calibration process We will be using a standard Palladium and NA2 printing method but the process is transferable to any process you plan to use.
Participant Requirements: Apple/macOS computer for the digital negative calibration and printing software
4x5-5x7-inch high-resolution black and white digital image to print
Basic image editing techniques in Capture One, LightRoom, Photoshop, or Affinity Photo
The one-day workshop won’t allow time for a lot of hands on printing, but you will come away with a PtPd negative and good final print from one of your images and an understanding of how to create negatives for any process you want to explore.
Leather work crosses with fashion, product development, manufacturing, fine art and architecture, particularly for interior accents, furniture, lighting and objects.
Richard Boutwell, originally from Joshua Tree, California, is a photographer and print-maker based near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work is based around aspects of archaeology, family history and myth, and the influence of spirituality, technology, and social media on how we interact with the natural environment. Through it, he examines his personal connection to the greater cultural, industrial, and environmental history of the landscape—mostly involving issues of water rights and the impact of recreation in the desert landscapes of the Southwest. In addition to his traditional landscape photography, he is now combining his photographs with 3D scans of the environment, found objects, historical materials, and appropriated mapping and scientific data.
Boutwell began photographing in college in the year 2000 while studying music and pursuing a career as a jazz bassist. Shortly into his first darkroom course and being exposed to the beauty and creative possibilities of fine-art photographs, he dropped all his music classes and devoted himself to studying the history and craft of photography. Instead of pursuing a formal fine-arts degree, he relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania to enter an intensive long-term apprenticeship with the photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. He worked as their darkroom, studio, and field assistant from 2002 until 2008, and then became their full-time printer and ran the scanning and digital studio at their photography book publishing company, Lodima Press, until 2015. In balance with his family life and fine-art practice, he teaches photography and fine-art printing privately through B+W Mastery. Boutwell also created specialized software that helped advance the craft of digital black-and-white and historic- process printing now used by photographers worldwide. His photographs have been included in national and international group exhibitions and are in private and public collections. He has served as a guest lecturer on the history of landscape photography at mid-Atlantic colleges and universities.