A wonderful and blessed New Year to everyone! Apologies for my absence of late in adding new blog posts; however, things have been extremely busy here and I have very good news to share. As many of my friends and photography colleagues know, I have been working as an Associate Artist at Studios on the Park, a nonprofit open studios art center in the heart of historic downtown Paso Robles, California. Opened in May 2009 in the old Pioneer Auto Parts store directly across from the city park, Studios is a visual arts center where artists create, exhibit, and sell art.
There are eight studios with 40 working artists and two galleries: Fine Craft, representing the finest in American craft, and The Showroom Gallery, featuring members of the Paso Robles Art Association. By making the creative process open to the public, Studios on the Park provides a creative, educational, and transformational experience to enhance understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
There are several categories of artists working at Studios: Artists in Residence, Substitute Artists, Associate Artists, and Assistant Artists. Regardless of the category, each artist must submit an application package to the Studios Board of Directors and go through a stringent jurying process. I am pleased to announce that just before Christmas my application for Artist in Residence was accepted, and I am thrilled to now be sharing a photography studio with colleagues Don Eaton and Kabe Russell.
There is much to do to ready my artwork, paint, reorganize space, and decorate, but the rich blessings of working with such a wonderful group of talented artists make these tasks joyful. In addition to exhibiting and selling my fine art photography, plans are underway to teach digital imaging and printing classes and workshops. I will post class information on my website as it becomes available. For more information and a quick tour of Studios, see the introductory video below featuring Studios Founder and artist Anne Laddon.
I am pleased to announce that Part Three of my three-part series of articles on “How to Print HDR Photographs” has been posted on the Breathing Color website under The Art of Printmaking guest blog. This series of articles covers the entire workflow for making great HDR prints that really pop, from proper camera color and HDR settings, to color management, monitor calibration and profiling, HDR post-processing, stylizing images, ICC profiles, and the complete printing workflow.
Part 3, How to Print HDR Photographs – Printing Tips – Prints That Really Pop, covers the entire printmaking workflow from how to choose a printer, to 16-bit printing information, proper application of ICC profiles, color profile visualization, paper characteristics, soft-proofing, printer evaluation images, proper lighting conditions to view prints, and much more.
Part 2, How to Print HDR Photographs – Monitors and Post-Processing, covered monitor calibration and profiling, and the HDR merging and processing workflow using Photomatix Pro. Part 1, How to Print HDR Photographs – Camera Settings and Color Management, covered camera settings and basic image file and color management principles. Much more than a guest post, this is an HDR workshop in a blog. If you are interested, please read the articles and leave your comments, which I would most welcome.
Please refer to my prior post (Breathing Color – Great People, Great Products) on the history behind my relationship with the company. Based in Orange County, California, Breathing Color is a designer and supplier of award-winning digital inkjet canvas, papers, and canvas coatings. They are focused on the art and photographic markets with products that lead the industry in print performance and longevity.
I would like to add a disclaimer that I received no compensation whatsoever from Breathing Color for writing the three guest blog articles. For those who are wondering, no guest authors are financially compensated.