BLINK – Photo Exhibit, Sale, Party & Benefit

©Sharon White (Sharon will be exhibiting at Blink 2016)

©Sharon White (Sharon will be exhibiting at Blink 2016)

Blink the photo exhibit sale, party & benefit for the Griffin Museum of Photography is back for the forth year. Invite a friend to join you at this fun 2 day event. Meet the photographers, listen to some great live music, sample the excellent wares of the Loading Dock Bistro .

• See 100 photographs by New England’s finest photographers
• A great value all photos for sale for $300 or LESS
• 10% to 100%* off all sales go to benefit the Griffin Museum of Photography
• Enjoy live contemporary and classic rock from The Sorry Honeys (Saturday 8-10PM)
• Food and drink served at the Saturday party

Make an evening or afternoon of this fun event. Additional food and drink also available for sale at The Loading Dock Bistro.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday May 21st 4-10PM & Sunday May 22nd 12-5PM
Libations & Snacks: Saturday 8-10PM
Live Music: Saturday 8PM – ? with The Sorry Honeys
Location: 9 Brighton Street, Belmont MA

*The photographer can choose to donate 10% or more of their print sale to the Griffin Museum of Photography.

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Ben Folds

"Me n Elvis" ©Ben Folds

“Me n Elvis” ©Ben Folds

When we received our first print order from Ben Folds we were a little star struck. After all, this was the genre bending solo artist, the lead man of the Ben Folds Five, the hip and insightful judge on The Sing Off. With such a diverse portfolio of talent, what would Ben Folds the photographer be like?

Turns out that Ben Folds is a very talented photographer, who has created an extensive body of work much like he has done as a musician. Ben has a long history with the photographic craft. He himself is an excellent printer and often shoots film. When it comes to photography, Ben refers to himself as, “an obsessive freak,”  and he always has a camera close at hand, usually an old Rollie, Leica range finder, or digital Leica Monochrom.

"Door to Nowhere - Savannah" ©Ben Folds

“Door to Nowhere – Savannah” ©Ben Folds

On his web site Ben states, “…my interest in photographs has expanded to equal that of music and I find one art form always informs and inspires the other.”

It makes sense that someone as creative as Ben Folds would bring his sensibilities of composition, contrast, expression, and craft to all artistic endeavors. His elegant black & white photographs do not disappoint.

"Luckiest" ©Ben Folds

“Luckiest” ©Ben Folds

With the release of his album “So There,” Ben produced several versions on vinyl that included signed prints of XX photographs both on RC and Fiber DSI Digital Silver Prints®. We were fortunate to produce the prints for Ben, and we probably should have included an ice pack for his signing hand.

Many people, including myself, are fans of Ben Folds the musician/singer/song writer. As an artist he is always pushing boundaries, and I think that’s a good example for anyone involved in a creative endeavor. As a photographer Folds appears to be exploring a different side of creative expression. But what else would you expect from Ben Folds.

For more on Ben Folds, the photographer and musician, follow this link.

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Lightroom Output Series Workshop

Learn all about Lightroom Output: export, create books, slideshows, prints, and custom web galleries in this new workshop with Adobe Certified Expert, Kathy Tarantola.

Now that you have fabulous images, how do you share them with the world? Luckily, Lightroom gives you incredibly customized ways to output your images working in the various modules like Book, Slideshow, Print and Web.

©Kathy Tarantola

©Kathy Tarantola

There are so many options, that these Lightroom modules can be confusing. But once you begin to work with them, you will be delighted with the variations for creating your own custom output, whether it be a hardcover tabletop book, slideshow or gorgeous color corrected prints.

Web Slide Show ©Kathy Tarantola

Web Slide Show ©Kathy Tarantola

Class One: Exporting and Slideshow Module Tuesday night May 10th 6:30-9:00 pm

Web size, print size, ppi, dpi, resolution, color space, compression, pixel dimensions – how to make sense of all of this?

You will come away from this first class of the Output Series understanding all of these options as well as learning how to watermark your images to put on the web, save export templates for these various output usages so that with the touch of a button you can export to the proper size and specs, and how to manage the workflow of exported images.

In addition we will spend time exploring the slideshow module to learn how to best create slideshows that are visually pleasing, using text overlays, background images, and creating and saving multiple slideshow templates.

Print Template ©Kathy Tarantola

Print Template ©Kathy Tarantola

Class Two: Print and Web Module, Tuesday night May 17th 6:30-9:00 pm

You can customize the Lightroom default print templates for various paper sizes, save them, and print directly from Lightroom utilizing custom paper profiles for the best reproduction on a variety of paper surfaces.

We will cover soft proofing in the Develop Module to get your images ready for the best color reproduction possible.

Even if you don’t have a printer at home, we will discuss how to properly export your images for file delivery to custom labs like DSI, with all of the settings imbedded in the file.

You will also be choosing 3 of your images to have printed at DSI. We will work on color correcting and soft proofing them using the correct paper profiles to ensure a stunning print.

Your prints will be ready by the final class for you to take home.

Book Template ©Kathy Tarantola

Book Template ©Kathy Tarantola

Class Three: Book Module, Tuesday night May 24th 6:30-9:00 pm

In this class we will work to create beautiful layouts for making a book from your photographs.  Creating a book can be as simple as letting auto layout do the work for you, or by using the various preset page layouts and text options, with minimal effort, you can tailor your book to suit your vision.

By the end of the evening, you should have the beginnings of a book design that you can save as a template to create a very fine book. Lightroom has partnered with Blurb custom publishing for simple ordering, or you can export your layout to a PDF or jpegs.

When: Tuesday Nights, 6:30-9:00, May 10, 17, 24
Where: Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton Street, Belmont MA
Fee*: $249 (Includes 3 12×18 prints, a $72 value)

LR Output

Instructor Bio: For over two decades, Kathy Tarantola has been sought after as a commercial and editorial photographer working throughout Boston and New England. Kathy is an experienced instructor having conducted photography workshops across the US and abroad. She is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom a respected member of the photo community and has served as Co-president and board member of the New England chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

*Refund Policy: Because our instructors commit their time to workshops and space is limited, our refund policy is as follows: Cancellations 2 weeks prior to the workshop will receive a full refund. Cancellations a week before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. All other cancellations will not receive a refund but may apply 50% of the workshop fee to a future workshop of the same or greater price. You must notify us of your cancellation or inability to attend via email. (


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