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The Pro Digital Workflow Seminar coming to Calgary in October  
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 | by Rob Galbraith

The Pro Digital Workflow Seminar, featuring me as the instructor for the day-long event, is coming to Calgary, Canada next month. Where is it coming from? Well, Calgary, which is where I call home. Which makes this the first time I've led a full-day training event in my own backyard.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2005 and will focus on the building of a digital workflow for the working photographer. It will be a detailed run-through of my own workflow as an editorial freelance shooter, from the import of photos through archiving and inkjet printing, with an emphasis on handling pictures efficiently.

The instruction will be both camera and computer platform-agnostic. Techniques demonstrated will be for users of both Canon and Nikon digital SLRs. I'll be running the seminar from a Mac, but all software to be shown is available cross-platform.

The event is being staged by CAPIC and will be held in the Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre at the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), 1407-14th Avenue NW, Calgary. Doors open at 8:30 AM, the seminar commences at 9:00 AM and it wraps up at 4:30 PM.

Registration is being managed exclusively through The Camera Store (both in-store and online). On or before October 10, 2005, the seminar fee, including lunch and a brief handout, is CDN$140 for CAPIC members, CDN$165 for non-members and CDN$60 for students (there are a limited number of student spots available). At the seminar, those paying the CAPIC or student rate must provide proof of status to gain entry. After October 10, 2005, the seminar fee is CDN$150 for CAPIC members and CDN$180 for non-members.

Instructor Rob Galbraith (Photo by Nick Didlick)

The Pro Digital Workflow Seminar Schedule

The Pro Digital Worikflow Seminar schedule

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:15 AM Building and Colour Managing Your System
Deciding what's important in a computer system for pro digital photography, including the monitor and significant peripherals such as external hard drives and camera media readers. Then, tying the system together with the proper application of colour management of monitors, printers and cameras.

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Importing and Selecting Photos
Preparing your system for efficient import and organization of photos, then using that system to rapidly select photos and pass them onto external editors for editing and/or RAW conversion.

11:30 AM Editing in Photoshop, Part I
Editing digital pictures in Photoshop to both counter typical digital SLR deficiencies and efficiently apply creative effects. We'll begin with a look at RAW conversion options, then go deep into the how and why of noise removal from images at all ISOs, sharpening, correcting typical Canon and Nikon colour quirks and using Actions and batch processing to streamline working in Adobe's flagship image editor.

12:00 PM Lunch (included in the seminar fee)

1:00 PM Open Question and Answer

1:15 PM Editing in Photoshop, Part II
A continuation from before lunch.

3:00PM Break

3:15 PM Making a Great Inkjet Print
Making a great inkjet print means starting with a great photo and a really good printer. This section will tackle the rest: soft-proofing to anticipate (and correct for) tone and colour changes when ink hits paper, resampling to size large (and size small) and sharpening both manually and automatically.

4:00 PM Creating a Photographer's Picture Archive
Implementing a plan for storing and cataloging your own digital SLR files.

4:30 PM  End of Day

Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media

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