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Photography Workshops

I teach in-person or online classes and workshops in alternative photographic processes, digital editing, and camera controls. Individual online or in-person workshops are available. 


Currently Scheduled Workshops:


Maine Media Workshops 

Breaking the Rules: Creative Cyanotype Explorations

Feb 17, 24 & Mar 2 from 12-2 pm ET (sold out)

May 18-19 & 25 from 12-2pm ET (sold out)

Sept 7, 8 & 14 from 12-2pm ET 

Cyanotype is an accessible and versatile photographic process. Led by Emma Powell, this workshop will introduce this technique and creative ways to use it. You will experience lectures with examples from inspirational artists working in this medium. Demonstrations will include effective cyanotype techniques, working with the chemistry, and ways to break the rules. We will also go over choosing papers or other materials and the possibilities for setting up an at-home alternative process dark/dim room. We will explore photograms and approaches to negatives. There will be regular opportunities for discussion and troubleshooting.

These online workshops meet for 3 days. The recordings of the Zoom meetings and the presentation slide show will be available for participants several months after the class. Online attendance is not required but allows you to ask questions and get immediate feedback.  


Penland School of Craft

North Carolina, USA

Creative Cyanotype Explorations

August 11-16, 2024 (4 STUDIO DAYS)

January 15 – Regular enrollment opens

This workshop will explore the creative depths of the rich, blue, cyanotype process as students learn to manipulate the technique for their own artistic goals. Cyanotype is a light-sensitive, hand-applied emulsion that is painted onto paper or other materials. It does not require a traditional darkroom and can even be exposed outside in the sun. Together we will explore exciting approaches, such as photograms, creating digital negatives, printing on imaginative substrates, and toning. Cyanotype is a great starting point for experimenting with alternative photographic processes, and it has many applications for photographers and mixed-media artists. All levels. 

Photography Studio details:

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Looking Back Through the Digital Lens workshop, Windgate Center of Art and Design, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Making Photographs workshop at Penland School of Crafts, 2019.


Digital ​Tools

  • Digital Compositing 

  • Photoshop Editing

  • Printing & Controlling Digital Negatives

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Chemical Processes

Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown are economical, and easy alternative photographic processes to start with. 

  • Coating

  • Exposing

  • Processing

  • Toning

  • Photograms

  • Layering


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From left: Palladium print, uncoated digital color, final print with both combined


Demonstration example of a hand-applied photographic process chemical photographic process over a digitally printed color layer.

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