Platinum Palladium Workshop with Mark Nelson

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Platinum palladium printmaking workshop. Photo © Mark Nelson

Photos © Mark Nelson

Everything you ever wanted to know about Digital Negatives but were afraid to ask!

In this exclusive alternative process workshop with Mark Nelson, master printmaker and photographer, you will explore the platinum/palladium process, one of the most beautiful printmaking mediums ever created. The extremely long tonal range of this process gives prints very subtle and delicate tonalities that surpass any other hand-made print.

This four-day workshop provides participants with a complete experience of creating digital negatives from start to finish. The focus will be on workflows and techniques that produce a variety of types of prints that will give your portfolio a stunning signature look: full range prints, shadow prints, high-key prints, vintage prints, and gray prints. Mark will teach you how to combine analogue and digital methods that maximize tonalities to actually produce more tones than possible when printing inkjet prints. No prior experience with platinum/palladium printing necessary.

Learn more about this workshop and Mark’s process.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • You will learn a great workflow for making beautiful platinum and palladium prints, but you will also learn how to fashion the best possible digital negatives for any alternative process you wish to work with.
  • Not every print has to have a good black and white! You will learn a whole variety of print styles that break this rule—shadow prints, hi-key prints, gray prints. However, the trick in breaking this rule is to get all the information from your original photograph in the final print.
  • How to burn and dodge in an analogue fashion with a digital negative more effectively than working in Photoshop to get a richer looking print.
  • Mark will teach you, in very simple terms, the basic relationships between the digital world and the analog world of printmaking, and how you can use these relationships to maximize the amount of tonal detail that is transferred to your final print.
  • This workshop will give you a very powerful array of tools to choose from when fashioning your final print editions or portfolios.

We are very pleased to be using the new Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper exclusively for this workshop. Mark was one of the original printmakers selected by Carol Boss of Hahnemühle USA to test this paper during its development. According to Mark, “This paper has become my first choice for Platinum/Palladium printing over Arches Platine and Cot 320. The paper is very smooth, coats easily, clears like a dream, and gives extremely rich, dark, velvety blacks. The tonal values on the paper are incredibly smooth!”

Mark’s Platinum/Palladium Printmaking workshop is generously supported by Hahnemühle, so all paper for this workshop will be included! Read Mark’s review of  the new Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper.

October 20 - 23

$300 advanced deposit, full balance (totaling $1250) due 30 days prior to start of workshop

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

October 20 – 23, 2016 (Sold Out)

Who should take this workshop: 

Photographers looking to expand their skill set using digital technologies to create beautiful, hand-made prints. No prior experience with platinum/palladium printing necessary!

Pertinent details:

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • No paper required! This workshop is generously supported by Hahnemühle.

Required materials:

  • Laptop computer with Photoshop installed and a reasonable understanding of Photoshop
  • Thumb drive

Advanced printmaking Mark NelsonInstructor Bio: Photographer and master printmaker Mark Nelson hails from Elgin, IL. He works with the platinum/palladium and photopolymer gravure methods and teaches workshops in both processes using his own Precision Digital Negative/Positive system. Mark has taught hundreds of artists the PDN workflow and has been consulted by renowned photographers including Sally Mann, Flor Garduño, and Beth Moon. Mark developed the Precision Digital Negatives system is the author of Precision Digital Negatives for Silver and Other Alternative Photographic Processes. He created and wrote Curve Calculator III, the best possible way to easily generate curves for alternative processes. See for more details.

As a teacher, Mark loves watching his students make their first print and “takes a great deal of satisfaction from the huge smile that comes across their face when they see the print—it’s almost as if they have seen magic performed,” he says. The quality of his students’ prints improves dramatically after taking his workshops and becomes more desirable to galleries and collectors. Mark is currently writing a new book on photopolymer gravure and Precision Digital Positives.