Platinum/Palladium Printing and Making Digital Negatives with QTR
:  April 8-10, 2016  :  
October 28-30, 2016  :


Previously this had been taught as an intensive 2-day workshop. With more teaching time available now, I am extending this to a 3-day workshop. I think this will especially help the understanding of the digital negative process which can be daunting at first. This workshop is intended for people who have no or some previous experience in platinum printing or other alternative processes. If you already know how to make platinum prints, you may want to take this workshop to learn a great way to make digital negatives and also refine your existing printing skills. You will learn how to make digital negatives using the Quad Tone RIP (QTR) program and then learn the basic techniques of platinum/palladium printing.

The workshop will consist of a minumum of three and a maximum of four people so each student will have plenty of one-on-one instruction. The first day of the workshop will start off with learning the platinum/palladium process. Kerik will prepare digital negatives from your files before the workshop so we can start printing right away. The second day will be dedicated to learning the craft of making digital negatives using QTR. You will learn how to calibrate the system for your Epson printer (QTR only supports Epson printers). We will use a straightforward approach that is streamlined thanks to a Photoshop script written by my good friend and talented photographer David Eisenlord. The script eliminates much of the tedious math and measurements required to create the Photoshop curves utilized in the process. You will receive a copy of the script for your own use as well as a detailed, step-by-step illustrated manual.

The third day of the workshop will will get back to making prints from your new digital negatives. There will be a variety of papers to experiment with as you delve deeper into this beautiful process.

Some of the topics to be covered in this intensive workshop will include:

Making Digital Negatives with QTR
Hand-coating techniques
Characteristics of different papers
Contrast control techniques
Materials suppliers
Print and negative retouching
Options for UV light sources


The tuition for this 3-Day workshop is $600 and includes all printing supplies and lunch. If you need lodging, I will provide you with names of local hotels and B&Bs. Sign up early as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.