The negative has historically been captured in-camera, restricted in size based on the film format being used. Now that we have entered the digital age, image-processing software has allowed the artist flexibility. We can create a negative from pre-existing images, applying it to endless printing possibilities in printmaking and alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype. In this class, we will look at best practices to produce sharp negatives with professional results, and will also discuss ways to make DIY versions that will suit any budget without the need for expensive equipment. Learn how to read a histogram, assess density, add color filters, and more to broaden your practice to include photographic elements easily and beautifully. Note: we will be using Adobe Photoshop. Access to the software during class is not necessary; students will receive a pdf download of our main points and are encouraged to take notes!
Image: Liz Bannish, Screenshot from Photoshop
LIZ BANNISH is an artist and printmaker who has been training professionally in the arts since 2009. Her work uses themes of feminine power, anti-capitalism, and anxiety, usually wrapped in marine imagery. Liz’s personal prints have been shown on a national scale and in mediums from fine art prints, to photographs, to alternative processes. She was the Printmaking and Photo Technician for Smith College in Northampton, MA for five years. Previously, she has trained as Apprentice Printer at Wingate Studio in NH and conducted workshops for the Southern Graphics Council. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving the John Roy second best in show award for her senior thesis exhibition in 2011. Visit Liz at www.lizbannish.com and instagram @lizbannish.
This class covers software purchased from Adobe. Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, with Photoshop, is necessary to use the tools covered within. Plans start as low as $10/month. See all plan options at https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html