Special to the Herald
September 10, 2012
Malcolm J. Wilson, a digital artist and photographer from Bristol, Tn. will lead a series of digital photography workshops October 10-13 at Hindman Settlement School.
The workshops, each one day in length, will focus on High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, photo book making and preparation of photos files for storage and archival display. Drawing inspiration from the historic Settlement School campus and the heritage of the city of Hindman, students will have the opportunity to capture the splendor of Appalachia in the fall, using the Settlement School and Hindman as backdrops.
For nearly 20 years, Wilson, a native of Harlan County, has worked with digital photography. Before moving to Bristol, Tennessee several years ago, he worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 19 years. He currently uses his digital photography skills in advertising and marketing work and for his personal fine arts projects. His photography has been exhibited in the Appalachian region and nationally and his work is included in permanent collections at University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Southeast Community College Appalachian Archives, and The Kennedy Center Gallery and Archives in Washington, DC.
“With the explosive growth and automation of digital cameras in the last few years, so many people now have access to the convenience and ease of digital photography,” says Wilson. “Students are always looking for effective ways to display their work on walls, in books and online. There is also an ever-increasing interest in HDR photography. We will address all these during the workshops, giving participants the skills needed to shoot HDR, produce a bookstore quality photo book that they can sell online and hang a professional gallery exhibit.”
Workshop student’s fieldwork will include visits to local Hindman businesses, parks, scenic vistas and the settlement school campus. The workshops will begin on Wednesday, October 10 with a meet and greet reception.
During the first workshop, Thursday, October 11, students will immerse themselves in HDR photography. HDR is digitally akin to the Zone System developed by Ansel Adams to create tremendous detail in a photograph. HDR can be applied to both color and black and white digital work producing extremely detailed photographs. Fieldwork will be a requirement during this session and participants are urged to bring cameras and tripods. In most cases, low-end, point-and-shoot cameras will not work for HDR processing.
Friday, October 12, students will learn how to design, produce and sell photo books using tools like iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and self-contained book making programs from book publishing companies like Blurb and My Publisher. Participants will learn how easy it can be to produce everything from a single coffee table book to selling multiple copies online. Students taking this workshop are encouraged to bring a laptop computer and a library of images from which they will create their very own books.
Saturday, October 13, students will learn the fundamentals of printing high quality exhibit photographs, storing photos in albums and creating matted exhibits of their work. This workshop will generate an exhibit at the school with a public reception for the artists on Saturday evening.
Students should have a basic understanding of digital photography and have familiarity with the basic controls of their equipment. Students should also have basic computer skills including the understanding of copy/paste. Workshops stress the importance of creativity, not technology.
The cost of each daily workshop is $100 and the full program is only $250. Students from outside Hindman can stay on campus in dormitory style housing. The cost is $35/night single occupancy and $25/night double occupancy. Housing will be available for Wednesday night October 10 through Saturday night, October 13. The workshop fees include breakfast. All other meals will be the responsibility of the participants. Attendees should bring their own digital camera, tripods, laptops and other photo equipment. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be applied to the cost of the workshop at the time of registration.
Hindman Settlement School is located in Hindman, Kentucky . Established in 1902, it was the first rural settlement school in America. The Settlement School’s mission is “to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage.” The Settlement’s major work today includes education and service programs that address critical needs of the region’s youth and adults, promote cultural awareness and build upon Appalachia’s rich cultural heritage.
Class size is limited for each workshop. For more information or to register for classes, call 606.785.5475 or send an email to Holly Baldridge at Info@HindmanSettlement.org. Registration forms and a detailed schedule are available at www.hindmansettlement.org/photoworkshop.