Dan Burkholder Photograph

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents a three day hands-on workshop,"Capturing and Printing the High Dynamic Range Image" with internationally acclaimed photographer Dan Burkholder. Set in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, this workshop is designed especially for real photographers.

High Dynamic Range imaging (HDR) is the most exciting development in photography since the zoom lens. We can now photograph scenes of extreme contrast that overwhelm film or a single digital capture.

Dark interiors with sunlit windows are no longer a challenge; landscapes with deep shadows and bright highlights can be tackled with confidence. For HDR photography we employ special shooting techniques combined with powerful software tools to produce final prints with lush shadow detail and gloriously detailed highlights.

But making a beautiful print from an HDR image is more than bracketing and processing. In this workshop you’ll learn not only how to shoot and process your HDR captures, but how to precisely control the full range of color and contrast in your images. Best of all, you’ll make prints that sing with detail and tonal vibrance.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to tackle scenes that you used to walk away from because you feared the curse of empty black shadows and blown out highlights. Get a Kung Fu grip on HDR shooting and printing!

What we’ll cover in the workshop:

* What's new in CS4 - Explore all new HDR capabilities...
* Learn camera techniques and accessories that make exposing for HDR fast, foolproof and easy.
* Discover easy, recipe-like procedures for capturing high contrast scenes for HDR processing.
* Delve into the brave new world of 32-bit images.
* Learn the right and wrong ways to process your HDR images.
* Learn how to use the parts of Color Management you need to make prints that look just like your monitor. Banish printing surprises once and for all!
* Develop new selection and masking skills that let you create seductive color and detail in your HDR images.
* Print your HDR images on luxurious archival inkjet papers.

Dan’s workshops are famous for their energy, information and humor.

Other Photoshop workshops might teach you the basics, but Dan combines decades of classic photographic experience with a fine art aesthetic to help you learn the new digital craft with pixels at your command and a smile on your face.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

Dan Burkholder was one of the first photographic artists to embrace digital technology in the early 1990’s.

True to his love of the traditional photograph, Dan uses digital technology to build images that still look and feel like real photographs, not like something from a graphic designer’s portfolio. Melding his unique vision with mastery of both the wet and digital darkrooms, his platinum prints are now included in many museum and private collections.

Originating the digital-negative process in 1992, Burkholder has helped open doors for all black and white photographers interested in moving into the new electronic technologies. His award-winning book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is regarded as the most authoritative work in the field.

Dan has taught classes and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lnternational Center of Photography in New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and others. Active with the Texas Photographic Society for many years, he is currently serving on the Advisory Board for this organization.

Visit Dan's website for more information and to see his amazing HDR photography:




Basic photography knowledge required.

A basic working knowledge of Photoshop CS2.


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

It is recommended that participants bring their own Laptop computer for this workshop (Mac or PC). Please have Photoshop CS2, CS3 or CS4 installed. A fully functional (30 day trial) version of Photoshop CS4 can be downloaded for free from www.adobe.com.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can rent one from VPW. The rental charge is $150 for the workshop, and you can select this option when you register.

You should bring a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that is capable of shooting Raw format. A solid tripod and remote release are also necessary. Don’t forget memory cards, spare batteries and card readers. A wide-angle lens is strongly recommended.

You should also bring a portfolio or other box for safe transporting of your final prints. Bring a notebook and lots of enthusiasm. And come well rested too!

We Provide:

Instruction and notes by Master Photographer Dan Burkholder.


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If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

For our Photo Tours (both in Canada and abroad), 1 to 10 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

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