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Introduction to Alternative Processing in Photography

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About The Class

how to get started in alternative photographic processes

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:03
  2. 02

    Overview of the Alternative Process

    03:31
  3. 03

    Overview of the Digital Negative Process

    10:21
  4. 04

    Working with Black and White Digital: What You Need

    09:17
  5. 05

    Working With Black and White Digital Images: Color Settings

    08:33
  6. 06

    Working with Black and White Digital Images Lightroom

    07:01
  7. 07

    Working With Black and White Digital Images Photoshop

    11:57
  8. 08

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

    07:29
  9. 09

    Avoiding Key Artifacts

    20:26
  10. 10

    Creating the Step Wedge for Curve Corrections

    39:00
  11. 11

    Organizing Your Adobe® Photoshop® Files and Curves

    11:20
  12. 12

    Setting Up the Printer

    20:24
  13. 13

    Lab Safety and Workspace Set-Up

    03:49
  14. 14

    Setting the Maximum Black Time

    12:06
  15. 15

    Getting the Initial Curve Test Numbers

    20:04
  16. 16

    Correcting the Curve

    20:37
  17. 17

    Printing the Curve

    06:08
  18. 18

    Sharing Curves

    08:50
  19. 19

    Caring for the Digital Negative

    12:29
  20. 20

    Intro to Cyanotypes and Safety

    07:46
  21. 21

    Paper and Brush Types

    05:08
  22. 22

    Coating Process and Cyanotype Chemistry

    12:17
  23. 23

    Making the Cyanotype Print

    06:41
  24. 24

    Washing the Cyanotype Print

    12:29
  25. 25

    Creating Cyanotypes Photograms

    14:59
  26. 26

    Toning Cyanotypes and Cleaning Up the Darkroom

    18:43
  27. 27

    Introduction to Van Dyke Printing

    04:36
  28. 28

    Setting Up the Van Dyke Workstation

    05:20
  29. 29

    Van Dyke Paper and Coating

    05:10
  30. 30

    Van Dyke Exposure and Developing

    32:30
  31. 31

    Van Dyke Troubleshooting and Resources

    08:26
  32. 32

    Van Dyke: Split Toning

    18:56
  33. 33

    Van Dyke: Wash Cycle and Drying

    04:33
  34. 34

    Van Dyke: Clean Up Process

    03:51
  35. 35

    Introduction to Platinum / Palladium Printing

    14:15
  36. 36

    Platinum/Palladium Coating Chemistry and Safety

    09:58
  37. 37

    Platinum/Palladium Paper and Coating Options

    22:31
  38. 38

    Platinum/Palladium Exposure and Development

    22:31
  39. 39

    Platinum/Palladium: Equipment and Supplies

    16:48
  40. 40

    Ink Jet Negative Coating and Exposure

    15:25
  41. 41

    Platinum/Palladium Chemistry Options

    07:50
  42. 42

    Ink Jet Negative Development

    03:45
  43. 43

    Platinum/Palladium Waxing Images

    08:40
  44. 44

    Platinum/Palladium Troubleshooting and Resources

    27:19
  45. 45

    Sharing Your Work Digitally

    14:49
  46. 46

    Archivability

    10:39
  47. 47

    Matting and Framing Options

    30:22
  48. 48

    Editions and Signing Options

    13:54
  49. 49

    Alternative Processes: Further Exploration

    07:25

Meet Your Expert

Daniel Gregory

Daniel Gregory started his career working in the high tech industry. Wanting to have a more creative and passionate life, he left all those zeros and ones behind and ... read more

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  • pdf Alternative Processing Handout.pdf
  • pdf Grayscale Percentage to RGB Values.pdf
  • zip MSDS Saftey Datasheets.zip
  • pdf Bostick Discount Code.pdf
  • xlsx Matt Cutting Cheat Sheet.xlsx
  • xlsx Step Wedge Creation Spreadsheet.xlsx
  • zip Alternative Process Actions.zip
  • psd 11stepwedge.psd
  • psd 21stepwedge.psd
  • psd 50stepwedge.psd

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  • Diordna

    January 2018

    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

    January 2018

    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!!!

  • John Hendricks

    John Hendricks

    January 2018

    So good to hear the info. I am glad to have more input into this, my favorite process! Bought this one and will gain a LOT from this!

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