Photo Art : Altered Imagery Workshop

Do you have folders-full of photos stashed on your computer that are okay, but that you dream of transforming into unique art that you’re proud of, that you can print and frame — for yourself, for gifts, or to sell?

Odontoglossum orchid

Odontoglossum orchid

Ready to take the next steps with your photos, to stretch your creativity and artistic imagination?  I’ve got just the workshop for you! On Saturday July 14th from 11 am to 2:30 pm at Joan Landis’s Pinole Art Studio I will teach you how to transform your photos into works of art with image processing software and techniques.

Digital collage, Monarch and Woods

Digital collage, Monarch and Woods

We’ll explore how to enhance your original photos to achieve unique and artistic effects using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Elements is a very powerful, but affordable, image processing program.  The techniques that I teach can also be accomplished with other programs, and we’ll discuss them as well, including GIMP, a free image processing program.

Kaleidoscope creation

Kaleidoscope creation

Space is limited, and we’ll work on your images at the workshop, so pre-registration is required.  For more information, or to pre-register, email me at heidirand@gmail.com.  The cost is $50. If you can’t make the workshop, email me for other options, including private classes, books, and ebooks.  And here’s a list of my other art and craft workshops.

Peacock feather kaleidoscope

Peacock feather kaleidoscope

Photo Art : Altered Imagery Workshop

Do you have folders-full of photographs on your computer that are okay, but you want to transform them into art that you’re really proud of, that you can print and frame — for yourself, for gifts, or to sell?

Cattleya orchid

Cattleya orchid

Ready to take the next steps with your photos, to stretch your creativity and artistic imagination?   If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve got just the workshop for you!  Sunday April 10, 2011 from noon to 3:30 p.m., at the Canyon Trail Park & Art Center, 6757 Gatto Ave., El Cerrito, I’ll be teaching you the magic that you can find within your own photographs.

Egret allium blended collage

Egret allium blended collage

We’ll explore how to enhance your original photos to achieve unique and artistic effects using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Elements is a very powerful, but affordable, image processing program.  The techniques that I teach you, though, can be accomplished with other programs, and we’ll discuss those other programs, including GIMP, a free image processing software that you can download from the internet.

Making a kaleidoscope

Making a kaleidoscope

Space is limited, and we’ll work on your images at the workshop, so pre-registration is required.  For more information, or to pre-register, email me at heidirand@gmail.com.  The cost is $50. If you can’t make the workshop, email me for other options, including private classes and ebooks.  And here’s a list of my other art and craft workshops.

Dorian and Lars

Dorian and Lars

Photo art : altered imagery. One-day workshop

Sunday August 29, 2010.  Noon to 3:30 pm at Canyon Trail Park & Art Center, 6757 Gatto Ave., El Cerrito.  $50

Egret swirl

Egret swirl

Learn to transform your photographs into works of art with software programs and techniques.  We will explore how to enhance your original photos to achieve unique and artistic effects.  We will use Adobe Photoshop Elements at the workshop, but will explore techniques that other image processing programs use.

Angel trumpet

Angel trumpet

Pre-registration required.  For more information, or to pre-register, email me at heidirand@gmail.com.  If you can’t make the workshop, email me for other options, including private classes.

Digital darkroom

I have gone totally digital, and miss very few things about the wet darkroom.  I certainly don’t miss the chemicals or the difficultlies of working in the dark.   Doing solarization in the wet darkroom was a lot of fun, and I don’t think that the Photoshop solarizing filters look like any solarization I ever did.  But the current technology opens up so many more possibilities for image manipulation and construction that I would never go back …

I print on an Epson R2400 with ultrachrome ink.  I chose it because of the pigment inks, which I need to print on fabric and to make my paper prints more archival.  I have a Wacom graphics tablet.  I use Photoshop Elements for my basic photo processing, and then I mix and match filters, artistic brushes and effects in a large variety of programs to alter my photographs.  I rarely use Photoshop filters because so many people use them I think they look too predictable.  Also, the challenge for me is in picking a filter or brush that takes the photograph from looking realistic to looking artistic.

Egret swirl

I love to experiment with new or unusual processes, materials and products.   I rarely print on paper these days, preferring to print directly on fabric, transparencies, metal, vellum … whatever I can get into that printer!  I use different kinds of transfer technology to get my images onto surfaces that I can’t fit into the printer, including Lazertran and heat transfers.