Dave Montizambert Photography

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents a two day workshop, "Creating Stronger Imagery With Photoshop" with local acclaimed photographer Dave Montizambert.

Half of Photoshop is for production, the other half is for the creative, and that is what this workshop is about, Creative Photoshop. During this workshop you will learn the following techniques:


Day –1:

Creative Photoshop

In this session, international lighting/Photoshop trainer Dave Montizambert will show you how to create:

• Soulful portraits with digital light painting.
• Stunning effects to give your images that edge – digital Cross Processing
& Skip Bleach techniques.
• Advanced fine art B&W/sepia conversions.
• Painterly selective softening techniques using Blending Modes & Blend
• Put the grit back into imaging with Dave’s Advanced grain effects.
Within this workshop that concentrates on the creative side of Photoshop,
you will learn many essential techniques such as how to use curves, and
Layer Masks.

To Meter Or Not To Meter

Metering was crucial in film photography but with the advent of instant preview and histograms in digital photography metering is fast becoming a lost art. In this session international lighting and Photoshop trainer Dave Montizambert will show you how to combine tried and true metering techniques with digital instant previews and histograms for stronger images with less stress.

You will learn:

• How histograms work and their limitations.
• About instant digital preview’s place in image capture as well as its
• Different techniques to capture a perfect exposure every time.
• How a meter works and how to use it to your best advantage.
• Dave’s shooting procedure that greatly simplifies the thought
process of metering and capture.
• How to correlate reflective meter readings with Photoshop’s


Photoshop Pre & Post Imaging Techniques

Want to have confidence in your images? Then it’s time for a little Photoshop cod-liver oil. In this session international lighting and Photoshop trainer Dave Montizambert will give you the know-how to create great images that will reproduce beautifully.

You will learn:

• Colour Correction.
• Optimizing images for output.
• Background knock-out techniques.
• Streamline digital workflow.
• How to identify a perfect exposure in digital.
• How to control & predict with absolute accuracy, highlights and
shadows for perfect prints every time.
• How to sharpen images for reproduction.
• How to easily control colour from camera to monitor to print, for
stronger stress-free imaging.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

Dave Montizambert lectures internationally on lighting, digital
photography, and Photoshop.

He is also a published author having written
two books on lighting and digital photography plus numerous magazine
articles on these topics in North America, Asia, Russia and in Europe. Dave
also creates Photoshop tutorial DVD's for www.software-cinema.com.

From 1999 to 2002 Dave was a beta tester for Foveon digital cameras
located in Santa Clara California (see www.foveon.net) and is currently
part of the Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom Beta test team.

Dave Montizambert owns and operates Montizambert Photography Inc.
located in downtown Vancouver. For the past twenty-five years
Montizambert Photography Inc. has created photographic images to aid
various organizations and companies with their communication needs.

They have created images for clients such as: McDonalds Foods, Motorola,
Atlanta Scientific/Nexus Engineering, Toyo Tires, Tri-Star Pictures,
Warner Brothers, Constantine Films of Germany, Chevron Canada, Cuervo
Tequila, the C.B.C, J&B Scotch, Hong Kong Bank, Chimera Softboxes,
Light tools Egg-Crate Lighting Grids, Tsing Tao Brewery of China, No Fear
Sports Gear,
Kodak, and Canada Post.

Visit Dave Montizambert's website for more information:




Basic photography and Photoshop knowledge required.


Maximum 20 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your film or digital SLR camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Bring your computer with Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 installed.

We Provide:

Course content as outlined above.


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Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

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.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

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.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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