Workshop: Lightbox and Scanner: September 23 and 24, 2017
Bottom Line, I'm Hooked by Lynette Jonson, IACC Member
Jim Ainslie held the Lightbox and Scanner workshop this last weekend.
Jim had on hand, for our review, matted prints exhibiting his creativity with both the lightbox and scanner. Viewing the prints before he explained the process, had us wondering if we were attending a painting workshop. The photographs often looked so painterly, a technique I very much admire. We then casually settled around the living room and Jim walked us through the process and discussed the equipment. Having not been exposed to lightbox photography or using the scanner as a photographic tool, I was fascinated. As Jim explained the process, we reviewed the print he was discussing. Viewing the outcome and applying a little bit of theory can be dangerous. You think you understand what is required of you to create this beauty, then you are challenged with applying theory, and that was so much fun!!! Jim gave us plenty of opportunity and time to experiment and play with the techniques. Jim supplied several lightboxes, some homemade, some recently purchased online. He had available lightboxes of different sizes and different types of lighting; but wait, the good part was not the equipment. The cornucopia of content he had available with which we could invent, imagine and create was initially overwhelming, but then I hit a groove. Sadly for article writing, I only experimented with the lightboxes and did not save time for the scanner, but I am looking forward to taking this workshop again. In the meanwhile, I am definitely going to set up a light box in my home and send less flower clippings to the landfill. The dried grasses and flowers were my favorites as you can see by my sample photographs. Bottom line, I'm hooked.
"Had so much fun in today's lightbox and scanner workshop! Many thanks to Jim for hosting this workshop and I am so amazed by his collections! I am very new to this Club - already love it! Looking forward to more learning and developing coming!" Mei Wu
"Great Opportunity to Learn From the Best in the Art" Written by Vladimir Khlebnikov
One of the strengths of IACC is our workshop program. With so many club members having unique skills and experiences, this is a great opportunity to learn from the best in the art. Jim Ainslie is certainly one of those gifted people, and I gladly used a chance to attend Jim’s lightbox and scanner workshop.
At his home, Jim set up several light tables for us and also made a flatbed scanner available. In addition to this, everybody could use his “light cube,” which is essentially a box with soft diffused lights, suitable for photographing any items that you may want to put in it. Jim’s house was full with all kind of props to be used for our photographic needs ranging from flowers and dry grass to colored glass bottles, plus an endless number of other small bits and pieces.
Before we started, Jim briefly explained how everything worked and showed us a few examples of his own work. Then everybody was on his own; I began with dry items, but later found that glass objects on the light table were more appealing to me. At the end, it looked like everyone discovered his or her favourite object and enjoyed playing with it.
All this was more or less usual photography until I moved to a scanner. Making images this way was an entirely different experience. First of all, with the scanner you are not in the front of the object, but behind it. Whatever you compose, you cannot see directly, although the results are quite amazing and there are a lot of possibilities. Some images would be impossible to make in traditional way using a camera.
Honestly, I never thought it would be so interesting. I am sure all the participants enjoyed the time spent on this workshop with Jim.