The Fine Art Print 2022 - ColdSnap Photography

The Fine Art Print 2022

ColdSnap Photography Studio near Two Harbors MN

August 17-21, 2022

For the digital photographer: Photoshop can appear to be a dauntingly complex program, but most photographers’ needs are deceivingly simple-they just want to make good-looking prints from their images. This workshop is an in-depth look at the process of making high-quality fine art prints. We will conduct a comprehensive exploration of the digital image workflow, from post-processing of the digital original (using either Lightroom or Camera Raw), to massaging pixels to perfect tone, color, and sharpness (with Photoshop history brush, histograms, levels and curves, proper burning and dodging and sharpening for print).

We will also cover consistent color management and monitor calibration. You will be able to practice all of the techniques on your own images and will leave the workshop with finished prints. We will experiment with a variety of printing papers, substrates, and print sizes. Our digital lab includes a variety of Epson printers with capabilities up to 24 inches wide. Our presentation will be refreshingly straightforward and practical.


This is a classroom-only workshop.  Instruction will include Photoshop technique, color management, color space, using ICC Print Profiles, paper/media selection, issues related to print resolution, image sharpening for print output, editorial post-processing manipulation, and print presentation. Participants will work on their own images, my belief is that if you are motivated to make your own work look better you will learn the techniques and processes that best serve your intentions and vision. You are encouraged to bring lots of image files from a variety of subjects and situations so you can practice a wide variety of post-processing techniques.

Sample Itinerary


Classroom orientation begins at 11:30 am on August 17, 2022.

Monitor calibration, Printer calibration. Printer profiles—what are they, how to create your own, and how to use them. Post-processing for the printed image. Using Adobe Camera Raw for the best possible fine art prints, adjusting; white balance, exposure, contrast, color clarity, and saturation. The importance of sharpening, what tools to use, and how to adjust for the best possible prints.


Printer settings. Types of paper. Photo black or Matte black. Sizing your image for output. How to make big enlargements. Much of the day will be spent making test prints and fine-tuning image files for print output.


Directed instruction on print techniques and post-processing. Evaluating test prints and making corrections.


Open Lab and directed instruction on evaluating test prints and making corrections.


Making finished presentation-quality prints, print presentation, and framing basics.

The workshop ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 21, 2022.


Cost: $795

A nonrefundable deposit of $200 will hold your registration until 60 days prior to the workshop.

Maximum of 4 participants.

Every participant will go home with 2—17×22 inch fine art prints they created during the workshop.

Includes instruction and classroom, and lab fees only. Transportation, food, accommodation, and entrance fees, if any, are not included in this cost.

Please read our cancellation policy before registering.

For questions please call John at (218) 830-0767.

This is a past workshop

To see our current list, see our workshops page