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Introduction to Alternative Processing in Photography

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Setting Up the Van Dyke Workstation

Daniel Gregory

Introduction to Alternative Processing in Photography

Daniel Gregory

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Lesson Info

28. Setting Up the Van Dyke Workstation

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Class Introduction

03:03
2

Overview of the Alternative Process

03:31
3

Overview of the Digital Negative Process

10:21
4

Working with Black and White Digital: What You Need

09:17
5

Working With Black and White Digital Images: Color Settings

08:33
6

Working with Black and White Digital Images Lightroom

07:01
7

Working With Black and White Digital Images Photoshop

11:57
8

Working With Black and White Digital Images 3rd Party Plug-ins

07:29
9

Avoiding Key Artifacts

20:26
10

Creating the Step Wedge for Curve Corrections

39:00
11

Organizing Your Adobe® Photoshop® Files and Curves

11:20
12

Setting Up the Printer

20:24
13

Lab Safety and Workspace Set-Up

03:49
14

Setting the Maximum Black Time

12:06
15

Getting the Initial Curve Test Numbers

20:04
16

Correcting the Curve

20:37
17

Printing the Curve

06:08
18

Sharing Curves

08:50
19

Caring for the Digital Negative

12:29
20

Intro to Cyanotypes and Safety

07:46
21

Paper and Brush Types

05:08
22

Coating Process and Cyanotype Chemistry

12:17
23

Making the Cyanotype Print

06:41
24

Washing the Cyanotype Print

12:29
25

Creating Cyanotypes Photograms

14:59
26

Toning Cyanotypes and Cleaning Up the Darkroom

18:43
27

Introduction to Van Dyke Printing

04:36
28

Setting Up the Van Dyke Workstation

05:20
29

Van Dyke Paper and Coating

05:10
30

Van Dyke Exposure and Developing

32:30
31

Van Dyke Troubleshooting and Resources

08:26
32

Van Dyke: Split Toning

18:56
33

Van Dyke: Wash Cycle and Drying

04:33
34

Van Dyke: Clean Up Process

03:51
35

Introduction to Platinum / Palladium Printing

14:15
36

Platinum/Palladium Coating Chemistry and Safety

09:58
37

Platinum/Palladium Paper and Coating Options

22:31
38

Platinum/Palladium Exposure and Development

22:31
39

Platinum/Palladium: Equipment and Supplies

16:48
40

Ink Jet Negative Coating and Exposure

15:25
41

Platinum/Palladium Chemistry Options

07:50
42

Ink Jet Negative Development

03:45
43

Platinum/Palladium Waxing Images

08:40
44

Platinum/Palladium Troubleshooting and Resources

27:19
45

Sharing Your Work Digitally

14:49
46

Archivability

10:39
47

Matting and Framing Options

30:22
48

Editions and Signing Options

13:54
49

Alternative Processes: Further Exploration

07:25

Lesson Info

Setting Up the Van Dyke Workstation

Couple other things from a troubleshooting standpoint I don't normally tape down my paper because my hands are big enough I usually can hold the paper when I'm coating. But this is just blue painter's tape. So one of the things I recommend from a troubleshooting standpoint and when you're first getting started as you start to coat it's really easy to, that paper can start to slide around particularly if the surface you're coating on is slick. So just a little bit of the painter's tape, and the reason you want to use painter's tape is it doesn't permanently adhere. Scotch tape, duct tape, gaffer's tape, masking tape, will actually adhere and can rip the paper. But this kind of tape won't. So basically you can just tape down opposite corners. You don't need to tape down all four corners. Just tape opposite corners of the paper. That keeps the paper from moving around, and it'll actually make it a little easier to coat. And a roll like this size will last a long, long time. You saw how mu...

ch tape I needed to actually tape down. The other thing you can do is you can pull back the tape. And then you can lift this up, and then you can just use that tape again as it comes down. Again you can see on this corner there is actually some tape from a previous coating session. So getting that tape down is a great little troubleshooting piece. So we're gonna print a photograph here of Creepy Pete. So he is not an actual real person. I would normally not call anybody Creepy Pete. He's one of those fortune-telling machines. And the fortunes he gives out are about as creepy looking as he is. So we go ahead and just like we did before we make the tic marks for where we're gonna do the coating surface. And that's going to kind of give us where out edges are. The Van Dyke solution, when it comes in your kit, will come in a bottle this size. It's 100 milliliters, And that will get you 30 or so eight by ten prints. What's in there is a green ferric ammonium citrate. There will be a quiz, you will have to spell it correctly. There's about nine grams of that dissolved into 33 milliliters of water. And then there's tartaric acid, and in there you've got about 1.5 grams into 33 milliliters of water. And then you have the silver nitrate. The silver nitrate is about 3.8 grams that's dissolved into 33 milliliters of water. Then you take part A, which is the ferric ammonium citrate, you add it to part B and stir until dissolved, that's the tartaric acid. And the last thing you do is you take that new AB solution and then you add in part C, stir until it's thoroughly mixed, and then it needs to go into a dark brown glass container, or a container that doesn't let any light through because you don't want it to get exposed to the ultraviolet light. So it goes into a solution container like this. And at that point if you're mixing it yourself you're going to want to let it sit for a few days. It need to kind of season up, it needs to ripen. You can use it immediately, but your results will be a little bit better if you give it a day or two. It's one of the nice things when you're getting started, you can order this, and then if you fell in love with the Van Dyke process, by the time you got through this you could order up the other chemistry and mix up a larger batch if you wanted if you were going to go through and coat. But this is the only solution, so unlike with the cyanotyper we had an A and a B, that we had to mix together, this is our entire coating solution. You'll also get an eye-dropper or you'll need an eye dropper for the solution you'll want to make sure these get cleaned out with distilled water at the end of the day you don't want any residual chemistry to get left in there because that could impact the print. And you can see I've actually taped the eye-dropper to the bottle, using the magic blue tape, very versatile, Used that blue tape, and the reason for that is if I just take that eye-dropper and throw it back in a box of other eye-droppers, I now don't know did that last have platinum in it? Did that have cyanotype in it, did that have Van Dyke in it, so I just want to make sure in that organization we talked about for the darkroom that that stays with the appropriate piece. And then I have a Rubbermaid container, Can you bring just one of my little containers? And for each of my own processes I then have a Rubbermaid container that the things fit in. So Gena's gonna bring over a little Rubbermaid, and the reason I do that is, what lives in there is, the different chemicals and chemistry that are required for, so like here's one, and this is my cyanotype kit so here's the hydrogen peroxide, the cyanotype brush the toners, the actual cyanotype, so I just have one of those for each process. there a couple of dollars from a supply store. The reason I do that is, if I want to work on my Van Dyke process or I want to work on my cyanotype, and you can take that away, Gena, I can then pull out the one kit that I need and I know that all the chemistry is in there. Now some processes will use similar chemistries. Sodium thiosulfate, which we'll use for this process, is a fixing agent, and it's used in a number of different processes. So something like that I might use and then store somewhere else. But the Van Dyke solution, the Van Dyke brush, and all the components would be included in that. When we get to the platinum palladium here in a little bit, there is multiple vials, multiple options for that, so having that all organized is a good thing. And then the other part I like about that is sometimes I need more space than I have in my darkroom and if I need to print somewhere else I can just go in and grab that one bin and I know I have everything I need to print for the day.

Class Description

In a world where most photos are captured digitally it’s good to remember the beauty of print and all of the creative options alternative processes have to offer. The history of printing photos introduces techniques and tools that can improve your eye in the field and open up doors to new perspectives. Fine artist and educator Daniel Gregory gives the steps needed to get you started in exploring the many formats out there. You’ll learn:

  • An overview of what alternative processing is and the many formats out there
  • How to create a digital negative
  • How to setup and test your curve
  • How to print a Cyanotype
  • How to create a Van Dyke Print
  • Chemistry, Safety and Developing techniques
  • Platinum and Palladium Printing processes

In this introductory course, you’ll be given the key elements to get you started in expanding your creativity and exploring alternative photographic processes.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Alternative Processing Handout.pdf

Grayscale Percentage to RGB Values.pdf

MSDS Saftey Datasheets.zip

Bostick Discount Code.pdf

Matt Cutting Cheat Sheet.xlsx

Step Wedge Creation Spreadsheet.xlsx

Alternative Process Actions.zip

11stepwedge.psd

21stepwedge.psd

50stepwedge.psd

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Diordna
 

For a long time, I have read, studied and tried alternative processing, mainly Platinum/Palladium printing. I want to create longest lasting prints and may be share the info at Creative Live. But this presentation saved me many a hours. A few minutes into the lecture, I purchased the class and as the class progressed, I was extremely glad. Thank you Creative Live, thank you Daniel Gregory.

SFX
 

Excellent class on Alt Process and fantastic bonus materials included with purchase!!! I have extensive digital printing and darkroom experience but haven't done much alt-process to date. This is perfect timing for me as I have several personal projects that I would like to re-visit using some of these techniques. Thank you Daniel!!!

James H Johnson
 

I have been making platinum/palladium prints for about 1 year. This is the 3rd workshop that I have attended. The first two were one on one. Daniel has done a fantastic job of covering the material and explained the process it detail and easy to understand. This course is fantastic and highly recommend it.