This past Saturday we had three great, free workshops with the folks from Blurb.com. Chad Jennings, VP of Design and founding employee at Blurb came down to the Photography Space with Blurb Marketing whiz Suzanne Caballero and shared tips, trade secrets and publishing discounts. Three classes of two hours each were held. Chad offered basic instruction on the two ways of making a book through Blurb - using their layout tool and using Adobe InDesign and uploading the layout. Chad showed printed samples of different layout options...and also show on the workshop screen how to approach different formats. Workshop attendees got hands-on advice an examples and also got special discount vouchers for their own future publishing efforts! The Photo Space was a perfect setting - giving arriving and departing students of all ages a chance to see our current exhibit and explore the possibilities. We even had a special guest visit by one of our POYi IRIS Nights lecturers, the amazing photographer Colin Finlay! The Blurb folks were totally engaging and supportive. They left us a number of sample books and promised they would come back and do it again soon. We hope to see you there.
The Annenberg Space for Photography recently hosted students from local colleges and art schools enrolled in photography classes for a "Digital Darkroom" special, hands-on workshop with Bonny Pierce Lhotka and Russell Brown.
Bonny taught the attendees how to print the photos on treated aluminum plates to create a vintage tintype look.
While Russell gave an introduction to using mobile software apps with lots of opportunity for creative expression and, as you can see, included various props, costumes and various backgrounds.
Bonny taught the "cooking" of aluminum plates to create antique surfaces that look decades old.
After distressing, washing and cooking the plates, participants will compose and alter both the plate and the image that has been printed on a transfer film. Bonny will show how to easily transfer your print to the aged plate resulting in a new vintage tintype look. Check out the great results!
Coming back to Russell's portion, shared tips and techniques for enhancing the photos taken by the students and also explained how to achieve a classic look and feel as well as how to prepare the final image for printing.
It was a unique learning experience for everyone involved. Looks like no only did everyone have fun but they produced some impressive work!