Photography Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include traditional and digital photography, darkroom processes, portrait photography, documentary video, lighting composition, narrative photography, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for fall 2016 and spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.





Fall One-Week Session 1
October 9 - 15, 2016

Jill Enfield, Untitled, platinum/palladium print over inkjet image,

16 x 20 inches


Jill Enfield
Alternative Process Meets Digital

Each era of photography has had an accumulation of inventions that can be used together to make images. Today there is no end in sight for what photographers can do. In this workshop, we’ll make digital negatives from any type of image and then make cyanotypes and platinum/palladium prints and combine these processes to make monoprints. We’ll also use inkjet printers to create a layer of color before printing with the other processes, making beautiful combination prints that span the centuries. Students will leave with new images and their imaginations in overdrive. All levels. Code F01P

Studio artist, associate professor at Parsons (NYC); other teaching: Maine Media Workshops, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops (FL), guest lecturer at Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) and Rhode Island School of Design; author of Jill Enfield’s Guide to Alternative Processes (Focal Press); representation: Tilt Gallery (AZ), Mattewan Gallery (NY).

This workshop is generously sponsored by Hahnemühle.



Spring One-Week Session 2
April 9 - 15, 2017

Mark Tucker, Girl With Dog, digital photograph

Mark Tucker
Natural-Light Portraiture with Digital Cameras

This portraiture workshop will increase students’ skill in working with people—how to approach people to gain permission to photograph them, and how to work with and guide subjects to get the photo you are after—and cover the techniques needed for making a compelling image. We’ll also explore previsualization of the image, and how to be technically prepared to make that picture. We’ll cover finding good light, bounce lighting, composition, camera settings, color balance, and digital printing. Intermediate/advanced: students should have working knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom and the operation of a DSLR camera including manual mode. Code S02P

Commercial lifestyle and portrait photographer; teaching: Penland; clients: Amtrak, Jack Daniels, Eli Lilly, Novartis AARP, State Farm Insurance, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Books, Colonial Williamsburg, Alabama Tourism.