Looking through a new lens

Summer workshop to focus on fine art

It’s time to get an idea of the bigger picture…taking, that is! Laramie County Community College’s Foundation will host the first Edington Family Enrichment Fund “Photography as Fine Art” workshop. The workshop will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13-17.

This workshop was endowed by Cheyenne’s Don and Vanda Edington, who are very art-focused people and wanted to give back to the community in an art kind of way, a way they felt good to them and would also provide a service that isn’t readily available to the people of the city. (WHO SAID THIS?)

An endowment is a gift that people can make, which is then invested, and the operation will work off only the interest of that investment.

One of the Edington’s main goals was to start the conversation of photography as more than a hobby and more of a fine art, driving home how to take pictures and create a masterful piece of artwork at the same time.

Working closely with J.L O'Brien, multimedia instructor, and Ty Stockton, director of public relations, the Foundation office found Nathaniel Coalson as the teacher for the upcoming workshop. Coalson was chosen because it was felt the concepts he would teach and his overall format would be a great fit.

Coalson, a fine artist, travel photographer, writer and instructor, is based in Colorado and England.

The key topics that will be taught are as follows:

•     Fundamental principles and history of photography as fine art

•     Working with light

•     Composition and design

•     Digital post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

•     Color management

•     Fine art digital printing

•     Finishing, mounting and framing

•     Portfolios and presentation

•     Working with photo representatives, galleries and museums

•     Group and individual image critiques

It is advised students attend every class period because each day will build skills from the last. Students will also need a camera that is a cut above a simple “point-and-shoot” camera such as a digital-SLR; however, the guest teacher is prepared to work with all skill levels.

A higher grade camera is necessary because the workshop will review many techniques such as lighting and focus, so the user’s camera needs to be able to keep up with the topics of discussion in order to get the full learning experience from the workshop.

A gallery show will be held as part of the workshop with photographs taken during the week shown at an open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery. The instructor and all students are welcome to bring a couple of their own pieces to be displayed.

To register, contact Lisa Trimble, LCCC Foundation director of alumni affairs and event planning, at 432-1603. A $50 deposit is required to hold a seat in class, and the remaining $250 will be due at the middle to end of May. Space is limited.

Edington Family Enrichment