Platinum/Palladium Printing II: Let’s Go Big!

large-format platinum palladium printing

3 Rocks, Lake Superior. Photo © Kerik Kouklis

Take your platinum/palladium skills up a size in this new large-format printing workshop with Kerik Kouklis.

Face it: A small, hand-made print has a jewel-like quality to it, but some images benefit from a few more square inches. And, making BIG prints is fun!

This three-day large-format platinum/palladium printing workshop is intended for those who already have a working knowledge of platinum/palladium process. It will be assumed that you are familiar with coating paper and the basic chemistry and techniques.

You will learn how to adapt your existing skills to printing on a larger scale—and how to do it economically. During the workshop, students have a chance to try making prints ranging in size from 11×14 up to 16×20 using the wonderful new papers made for this process—Hahnemühle Platinum Rag and Legion Revere Platinum, among others.

large-format platinum palladium printing workshop

Northwest Fjords, Iceland. Photo © Kerik Kouklis

We will review of the QTR digital negative process and go through the calibration process in detail as a group, emphasizing those areas of the process students often have trouble with. Image and file preparation will also be covered, with tips to maximize the effectiveness of your image editing for making the best negatives.

Over the course of the workshop, we will address any technical problems or issues you may be experiencing when printing on your own. So, save those bad prints and bring them and your questions with you so we can address and solve these problems as a group.

It is recommended you bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. Understanding the basics of Photoshop—curves, levels, layers, etc.—is also a big help. The more you know coming in, the more you will take away from the workshop.

Large format platinum palladium printing process

Class Schedule:

Friday, March 17, 9AM–5PM: Print! Negatives from your files will be prepared before the workshop so we can print right away.

Saturday, March 18, 9AM–5PM: Review of the digital negative process with QTR. Bring your questions! More printing as time permits.

Sunday, March 19, 9AM–3PM: Make more negatives, print some more! The workshop will wrap up at 3PM.

Price: $850.00 Sold Out

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

Three sessions
March 17 – 19  SOLD OUT
Weekend Workshop

Who should take this workshop: 

Anyone interested in working with large-format platinum/palladium printing.

Pertinent details:

  • Maximum six (6) students
  • Knowledge of the platinum/palladium printing process is required; additional knowledge of Photoshop is helpful

Required materials:

  • Students only need to bring digital files to make negatives with; all other equipment and materials will be provided
  • Laptop with Photoshop highly recommended

Further reading:

Kerik Kouklis portraitInstructor Bio: Kerik Kouklis is a fine art photographer who specializes in the handmade photograph. Born and raised in California with a background in music and geology, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th-century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. He is known as a skilled practitioner and teacher of the platinum palladium process and the combined gum-platinum process. He has been working with these processes since 1990, and has been teaching workshops since 1997—both in his home studio and at various locations around the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. In 2004 Kerik began working with the wet plate collodion process, which brought a new series of portraits and still-life images into his portfolio.

Kerik’s prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe, as well as Houston’s Museum of Fine Art, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in Newcastle, PA. His work is represented by Oficino Uno in Carmel, CA, the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, CA, and Kevin Longino Fine Photographs in Connecticut.