Canyonlands and Death Valley Photography Workshops
Sunrise, Angel Arch, 1985. Canyonlands National
2016 Death Valley Workshop
Dates to be determined
Death Valley Workshop with
Lynn Radeka and Evan Lin
2014 Canyonlands Workshop
2013 Death Valley Workshop
November 13 - 17
Valley Workshop information
2016 Contrast Masking
These are private workshops designed for 1 to 4 participants.
Available throughout the year to fit YOUR schedule.
2016 Contrast Masking Workshops
Experience the excitement and ease of Contrast
Masking to achieve remarkable print quality firsthand!
Taught by Lynn Radeka with visits and demonstrations
by masking guru Dr. Dennis McNutt. This informal and enjoyable workshop
will take the "mystique" out of contrast masking. Fine-tuning
your prints to fulfill your visualization will become an exciting
reality. Learn to easily make a variety of valuable and powerful
contrast masks effortlessly and quickly, using inexpensive films
and developers. The use of a densitometer is not needed, as this
workshop stresses the use of contrast masking as an art in itself.
The potential for improving your print quality is enormous!
Instructors Dr. Dennis McNutt,
Lynn Radeka and Steve Francis
at the October, 2005 workshop. Photo by Roy Pope.
Dr. Dennis McNutt, Chauncey Bayes
and Lynn Radeka at a 2012 Orange Coast College Photography Contrast
Masking demonstration and lecture series.
These unique contrast masking photography workshops
will stress the making and use of an array of different contrast masks
to improve and enhance black and white print quality. Lynn Radeka
with Aaron Pazanti (with guest visits by masking-master Dr. Dennis
McNutt) will be teaching and demonstrating various techniques of making
and using several types of contrast masks such as the Unsharp Mask,
the Contrast Reduction Mask, Shadow Contrast Increase Masks, Highlight
Masks, Dodge Masks and Fog Masks. Students will view comparison prints
showing the profound improvements that masks can make in actual prints.
Using participant's negatives, as well as Lynn's original negatives,
appropriate masks will be determined and made under Lynn's guidance.
Afterwards, participants will make prints from those masked negatives
and discuss the improvements in print quality. The Precision
pin-registration carrier system in Lynn's enlarger will
be used for all masking and printing demonstrations. Fine-tuning masks
using a variety of techniques including Lynn's highlight-brightener
formula will also be taught and demonstrated.
This intensive and enjoyable workshop will
be limited to only four participants so that maximum attention can
be given to each individual. Each participant will be given a signed
poster and a workshop booklet. This workshop will be held in Lynn
Radeka's darkroom in southern California. Famed cinematographer Aaron
Pazanti will assist Lynn at some of these workshops.
Lynn hopes to make this the ultimate multi-participant
contrast masking workshop, teaching in-depth techniques that no other
workshops even approach. With these exciting tools in the photographer's
arsenal, achieving the "ultimate" fine print will become
an exciting reality instead of an impossible task. We recommend that
all applicants have at least a little basic experience in Black and
White darkroom work. This workshop is primarily geared toward medium
and large format photography but those shooting small format are welcome
as well. All demonstrations will be given using 4x5 negatives. Participants
are encouraged to bring original negatives in 4x5 format if possible
(or 5x7 and 8x10 formats if the participant wishes to learn masking
for contact prints), as well as prints and/or test strips, but are
not required to do so.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Lynn has been traveling and photographing the American West since
the late 1960's. He has a number of books to his credit including
Ghost Towns of the Old West, Historic Towns of America, Forts and
Battlefields of the Old West and Great American Hotels.
Lynn was commissioned by Smithmark Publications in the 1990's to make
8x10 prints from Ansel Adams' negatives under the ownership of the
Library Of Congress for the large format book Master Of Light:
Ansel Adams and His Influences. He is also featured in the recent
book World's Top Photographers: Landscape. Lynn's black and
white work has been published in books and calendars. Posters of Lynn's
photographs have been displayed and sold in America's National Parks
since the mid-1980's. Lynn is the co-author of the Contrast Masking
In 2016 I will be joined by Evan Lin as my co-instructor. Evan is
an extraordinary landscape photographer who currently lives in China.
Mr. Lin is the founder of Progrey Filters Corporation and has designed
what many premiere photographers tout as the finest filters and filter
holders in the world. Evan will be demonstrating techniques using
Progrey equipment and will be sharing his expertise at landscape photography
from his unique perspective. I am happy to be joined by him in a 2016
Death Valley workshop. Dates to be determined.
Dr. Dennis McNutt.
Dennis McNutt has been in the photographic scene for decades. He is
an inventor of all kinds of techniques and devices. Along with photographer
Mark Jilg, Dennis wrote the original articles for three prominent
contrast masking techniques: Contrast Reduction Masks, Highlight Masks
and Shadow Contrast Increase Masks. These remarkable methods have
greatly influenced the work of photographers throughout the world
including the other instructors at this workshop - Aaron Pazanti and
Lynn Radeka. We are honored to have Dennis as a guest speaker at the
Contrast Masking Workshops.
Aaron is a noted award-winning cinematographer in the motion picture
industry. His cinematography won an Oscar for the film American Beauty,
and he has worked with famed directors such as Steven Spielberg. One
of Aaron's unique skills is the ability to operate the Steadycam,
a device which allows the photographer to walk or run with the camrea
while maintaining very smooth, fluid motion. Aaron is a very talented
photographer as well. We are honored to have Aaron share his eloquent
images and his insights on Contrast Masking techniques at these workshops.
up now for 2016
Private one-on-one photography
workshops with Lynn Radeka are now available. These popular workshops
offer the beginning, intermediate and advanced photographer lessons
in contrast masking,
zone system or general photographic
techniques and are designed to suit
each individual's interest or level of experience. Two person workshops
may be available at a reduced hourly cost per person but depend upon
availability and scheduling. Reduced hourly rates may be available
if scheduling ten or more hours. Please call or e-mail for information.
For students and professional
photographers alike, this is the workshop to attend for the utmost
in personal attention. This workshop is tailored to the individual's
experience and the material covered depends solely on the participants
interests. It is the most in-depth instruction possible.
Students may participate in masking
and printing their own negatives in Lynn's darkroom under his guidance,
or may observe Lynn masking and printing his negatives. Students determine
exactly which procedures/processes they wish to learn, and at what pace
they feel most comfortable with. The Precision
Pin-Registration Carrier System will be demonstrated and used
for all printing and mask-making procedures.
Private Contrast Masking
or General Photography Workshops
Location: Lynn Radeka's darkroom in
Fee: $75 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours per session.
Payment required at end of each session or in advance
if you wish..
Hours: Any - depending upon availability. Please schedule
with Lynn in advance.
Materials to bring: Pencil and paper, sample prints (if desired),
original negatives (if desired) of either 2 1/4 or 4x5 format (preferred).
Contact: Lynn Radeka via e-mail
to reserve a space.
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