Workshop notes


23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

My Developing a Print on Demand Book Workshopin Portland at the 23 Sandy Gallery over the weekend went very well. The more normal Portland weather for this time of year, overcast and spitting rain and drizzle, made for a great day to be in doors.

Since the workshop occurred during the Photo+Book exhibition at the gallery, there were a  lot of interesting examples to look at for ideas during the breaks. And Laura’s husband cooked up a wonderful Lasagna for lunch, which really hit the right spot. nice.

I also found myself making a bunch of notes for changes in the Workshop, some minor tweaking with some adds and deletes. I also recieved some good ideas about improving my work flow, such as I had been modifying the book photographs in Photoshop by assigning a color profile (e.g. from Adobe RGB to sRGB) versus using the Convert function (Image>Convert to Profile).  One of the great things about workshops is the interactive learning that takes place with the side conversations.  So a thanks goes out to Joe Sawicki for that one.

And Laura and I are already discussing the next Workshop, as there are a bunch of folks who expressed an interest but then found out that it was already Sold Out. So we are looking at the calanders again for later this year.

Last, I was able to acquire at the gallery a stack of the current Photolucida’s Critical Mass books that have become available, including Camille Seaman’s The Last Iceberg, Amy Stein’s Domesticated, Louie Palu’s Cage Call, Donald Weber’s Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, and Hiroshi Watanabe’s Findings. All of course these will be reviewed over the next couple of months on The Photo Book.

And so I ended up toting back a ton of books, the ones that I acquired and additional copies of mine that I had produced for the workshop, just in case. So if you are interested in a signed copy of In Passing or my Sharpening for POD books, let me know. If you want to use a credit card, I’ll send you a paypall link you can use.

Okay, now to start drafting my Workshop presentation for LBCC PhotoFest. Oh, and I might have started on a potential new series for NW Oregon. I need to think a little more about this before I say any more.

Best regards, Doug

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  1. Doug, maybe it is the way you are explaining it, but you don’t want to be using the ‘assign colorspace’ option to convert between color spaces. You’ll get unexpected shifts doing that – particularly AdobeRGB to sRGB which will result in a fairly washed out image. It may still look okay in Photoshop, depending on your setup, but it isn’t the right way to go.

    The ‘assign’ profile option uses the literal values in an image to map one to one to the new colour space – which is fine if for example you already knew what the colourspace was, but it wasn’t attached to the image.

    Convert is the way to go to change from one colourspace to another. It then translates the meaning of particular colour values correctly, reducing the shifts and meaning that red in one space is as close as possible to red in the other space.

    Assign just throws away the original colorspace and replaces it.

  2. Gordon,

    Thanks, you worded it much better and I may just borrow your thoughts to explain all of this for the next workshop! BTW I am now totally on board about use of the Convert function with Photoshop.

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