SHARPER FOCUS WORKSHOP: Optimizing Your Images for Printing with Charles Cramer

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Viewpoint’s new Sharper Focus Workshop Series features critically acclaimed photographers who will share their art and techniques in an enhance workshop environment. For our first workshop we’ve invited internationally recognized photographer and instructor, Charles Cramer who will present “Optimizing Your Images for Printing.” Seating is limited for this special workshop so please register early.


Optimizing Your Images for Print with Charles Cramer is a full-day workshop presented at the Viewpoint gallery. The workshop will cover what you need to know to make the finest digital prints from your film or digital camera. From adjustment/optimization, to orchestrating the light, Charles will share what he has learned in 40 years of making prints. You will learn ways to make your images stronger and more compelling.

For those who can bring a laptop computer with Photoshop and/or Lightroom, example files will be given out so students can follow along. If you don't have a laptop, no problem, the workshop will work just as well as a lecture/demonstration. This all day workshop includes lunch for all attendees.

Topics to be covered:

  • Using RAW developers 
    • Exposure and colorspaces for Raw Files 
    • For Photoshop Use, RAW files are developer differently! 
    • Basic Adjustments for RAW 
    • Importance of Shadows in images 
    • Importance of Highlights—and how to avoid compressing them 
    • Localized adjustments in RAW files 
    • With Lightroom, do we need Photoshop? 
  • Working with the images in Photoshop 
    • What to do in RAW, and what to do in Photoshop
    • Using Objects and why I recommend them highly!
    • Selections in Photoshop, and how to do this more easily
    • “Tonal Selections” amazing selections made easy 
    • Examples of Master Files 
    • Sharpening for Printing
  • Example Prints (Interspersed during the day)
    • Comparisons of various popular inkjet papers
    • Bronzing and Gloss Differential
    • Comparisons using the latest Epson and Canon printers
    • Matte papers vs.  Photo-black inks (lustre and glossy papers)


After spending seven years of college studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms!  Realizing the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became enamored with making prints. Forty years later, he is now recognized as a master printmaker.  His prints sell in many galleries, including the Ansel Adams Gallery. In 1987 and again in 2009, Cramer was selected by the National park Service to be an artist-in-residence in Yosemite. 

He has taught workshops since 1988 for the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, the Palm Beach workshops in Florida, Anderson Ranch workshops in Colorado, and the John Sexton Workshops in California.

Cramer has been profiled in PhotoTechniques, Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor Photography (UK), Camera Natura (Sweden),  Popular Photography (China), PhotoVision, and View Camera magazines.  His work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association.  He is also included in the books “Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers,” published in 2005, and “First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness,” published in 2009. His book “Yosemite” was published in England in 2016. He also had a solo exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel in 2010. His work can be seen at

September 10 2017 9:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341
Members $ 325.00
Non-members $ 375.00

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Platinum Sponsor


Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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