Platinum Palladium Printing 2020. Mill Valley. Marin County. Photo © Michael Puff
Platinum Palladium print © Michael Puff

Platinum Palladium Printing

The platinum palladium printing process is one of the most beautiful alternative photographic processes, characterized by rich shadows, warm luminous mid-tone grays and delicate whites. This alternative printing process has been around since the late 1800s. Valued in pictorialist times and again today, platinum palladium prints are among the most venerated in photography.

Platinum Palladium Printing 2020. Mill Valley. Marin County. Photo © Michael Puff
Platinum Palladium print © Michael Puff

In this three-day alternative process photography workshop, you’ll learn the modern platinum palladium process of making platinum prints from digital files to creating luscious prints. Michael will share the intricate techniques he uses for creating beautiful alternative process prints, which includes creating your digital negative, and assisting you in the alternative darkroom process as you create your own platinum/palladium prints!

Platinum Palladium Printing 2020. Mill Valley. Marin County. Photo © Michael Puff
Platinum Palladium print © Michael Puff

We’ll start by making digital negatives for contact printing from your own digital files since digital negatives for platinum printing need to be the same size as the final print. Michael will use QuadTone RIP (QTR) and Epson printers to precisely calibrate the negatives to the chemistry, paper, and environment.

Then, in the darkroom, we’ll learn to correctly mix the chemistry, hand-coat the fine art paper with care, expose the print with an ultraviolet light source, and finally develop and clear your beautiful platinum palladium print. You can expect to create 8 unique platinum palladium photography prints over the course of the workshop.

The fine art paper we’ll be using is one of the wonderful new papers made for this process—Hahnemühle Platinum Rag.

Platinum Palladium Printing 2020. Mill Valley. Marin County. Photo © Michael Puff
Platinum Palladium print © Michael Puff

Class Schedule

Friday, August 28, 10AM–5PM: Introduction and learn platinum/palladium printing

Saturday, August 29, 10AM–5PM: Explore creating digital negatives, continue printing

Sunday, August 30, 10AM–5PM: Continue printing, print review

Platinum Palladium Printing 2020. Mill Valley. Marin County. Photo © Michael Puff
Platinum Palladium print © Michael Puff

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.

 

Instructor Bio

Michael Puff
Michael Puff

Michael Puff lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his years in higher education studying Theater Arts and Egyptian Archaeology, Puff worked as a theater set designer receiving awards for his work from the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle. Now a retired software architect from Stanford University, he pursues his passion for fine art photography.

In 2011, under the guidance of master printer Mark I. Nelson, Puff learned the platinum/palladium printing process. He uses digital image capture with the hand-crafted printing process, merging the contemporary with the historical to produce unique and captivating images. Michael has been in numerous national exhibitions, including all of The Image Flow’s Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibitions.

  • The Image Flow Photography Center
    401 Miller Avenue, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA
    415-388-3569
    Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • No darkroom experience required

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop installed
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop
  • Digital B&W images on a flash drive to create negatives
  • Bring an apron or wear clothes that can get stained by chemicals