Scanning Your Prints, Color Slides, & Negatives, 9 am - 12 pm Sat, Apr 13

Do you have family or other important photographs, color transparency slides, or negatives that you want to preserve and share? If so, this class is for you. After completing this class you should be able to use PhotoMidwest's scanners (if you are a PhotoMidwest member) or your own scanner to make your own high-quality scans.

PhotoMidwest president and professional photographer Sean Lamb will review the issues in reflective vs transparency scanning, file formats, and scanner resolution. Learn how to use VueScan, a low cost but full-featured scanning program that supports 100’s of different scanners, including some that are no longer supported by the scanner’s manufacturer.

Intro to Photoshop Topics 7 pm Mondays, Mar 4 to Apr 1, 2019

This 5 session course will cover the very basics of Photoshop as a lead in to a more wide ranging set of classes to be offered later on a variety of Photoshop Topics.

Over the 5 intro classes we will introduce the workspace, moving from Lightroom to Photoshop, essential Tools, basic Layers, Selections and Layer Masks. It is intended for individuals who are comfortable editing in Lightroom, who may have dabbled in Photoshop, but want to learn or review the basics so that they can make better use of the powerful Photoshop features. If you are new to editing you should start with an introductory Lightroom class.

The class will be limited to no more than 8 students for lots of hands on instruction. Requirements include having your own laptop with LR/PS CC loaded. Photoshop CS6 or higher is acceptable. You should be comfortable with Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, or Photoshop Elements.

How-To Print on the Canon iPF6100 Printer: 10 am - Noon Saturday, Mar 23, 2019

This orientation is open only to PhotoMidwest members. Learn how to use PhotoMidwest’s Canon iPF6100 large format printer. The iPF6100 uses pigment inks on up to 24” wide paper and can handle both sheet inkjet paper and rolls of paper. The length it can print is limited only by the paper length. If you want to print a 30 foot long by 2 foot high panorama, the iPF6100’s ability to use roll paper would permit this.

This orientation should enable members to come in any time the building is open and print on this printer.

How-To Print on the Epson 3880 Printers: 10 am - Noon Saturday, Mar 9, 2019

This orientation is open only to PhotoMidwest members. Learn how to use PhotoMidwest’s Epson 3880 printers. These use pigment inks on up to 17” wide paper and can handle flat media such as poster board up to 1.5mm thick and 16”wide.

This orientation should enable members to come in any time the building is open and print on these printers.

Black and White Film, Beyond the Basics: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday & Sunday Feb 9 & 10, 2019. Note: this class is also offered on a four Saturday afternoon schedule.

Take your black and white film developing and printing skills to the next level. This class provides more in-depth darkroom experiences printing 35mm or larger negatives. Classes are supplemented with additional darkroom time outside class time. In-class critiques of their finished prints will be in more depth.

You will be introduced to 120mm roll film and sheet film, fiber-based paper printing, and processing for archival printing. Students will work independently in the darkroom outside of the class meetings.

Students Experience Level: Completion of (Re)Discover B&W Film class or equivalent B&W film class. Knowledge of camera functions, e.g. shutter, aperture, etc. Students determine what they want to learn in the class (camera formats, fiber paper, etc.).

(Re) Discover Black & White Film: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday & Sunday Feb 2 & 3, 2019. Note: this class is also offered on a four Saturday afternoon schedule.

My work explores the frictional encounter of two opposites: digital image making, ... and the mysteries of the darkroom, which are sensual and beyond my control.

I like pushing the boundaries of photography. Nowadays, as digital takes over, many artists are returning to analog photography. It echoes what happened when photography took over painting’s role as a faithful recorder of reality. Painting literally took off in new directions. When one medium is replaced by another, it is set free and things start to happen.

- Baptiste Rabichon,
At Arles Festival, 7 Promising Photographers to Watch, N.Y. Times

Why is film photography, particularly black & white film, undergoing a resurgence? The reasons are many and you may want to enroll in (Re) Discover Black and White Film for any of them.

Wet-process methods were the only photographic method for most of history. Learning wet-chemistry photography helps you understand the challenges and choices photographers made prior to the digital era, just as a lab class helps you understand a science or a studio class helps understand another art medium.

Film photography gives you the foundation to explore  alternative processes such as cyanotypes (a relatively easy process) to more challenging wet-plate processes.

There are also hybrid digital-analog workflows. A film negative can be scanned, digitally processed, and printed. Conversely, a digital image can make an inkjet negative for prints using light-sensitive photographic paper, a photopolymer plate, or a photo-emulsion silkscreen.

Photographers today continue to work in film and related wet-processes. PhotoMidwest's (Re) Discover Black and White Film class will start you on your journey and give you the training to use one of the few wet darkrooms in Madison.

For more about the resurgence of film photography see:

  1. The Great Film Renaissance Of 2017 on B&H's website.

  2. This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback on Time magazine's website.

  3. The increasing popularity of film classes in high schools, High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft.

Advanced DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Use: 7-9 pm Mondays, Nov 26 & Dec 3, 10 & 17

Have you mastered the basics and want to take your photography to the next level? This advanced level workshop will give you the tools and practical experience to take your photography to new, creative levels.

The emphasis will be hands-on doing with your equipment. There will be assignments, reviews of each other's work, and some post-processing to make your photographs their best. We will journey together to creating more satisfying, meaningful photographs and have some fun along the way.

Matting & Framing for Beginners: 9 am - 4 pm Sat, Jul 28, 2018

Learn how to mat & frame your work with PhotoMidwest's equipment


Participants will learn the basics of matting and framing photographs through active learning.  Information will be provided on the equipment and supplies needed to cut mats and frame one’s own photos.  Participants will learn to cut single mats, secure photo to mat and foam core, install and secure matted image and glass in a wooden frame, finish back with paper (if desired), and complete with hanging wire.

You will leave the class with your own photo, custom matted and installed in a 16" by 20" wood frame, including installed glass and hardware; a $55 value, plus the knowledge of how to use PhotoMidwest's matting and framing equipment.

The Artist Book, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018

Do you want to know what is involved in creating your own handmade photo book or publishing one? Books and other publications are a great way to promote your projects and network with professionals in the field of photography but getting started can be overwhelming. From self-publishing online, creating handcrafted books and approaching publishers with an idea–learn the processes behind creating the artist book.