"Summer in the City" Instagram Contest

As the city heats up, we want to see your “Summer in the City” images for a chance at winning four 8”x10” C prints from your friends here at Dickerman Prints. Tag your Instagram photos #dickermanprints or @dickermanprints for a chance at winning. We’ll post the submissions on our website and let viewers vote on their favorite images that best represent “Summer in the City”!

Any city is fine. Doesn’t need to be shot in San Francisco. Your favorite metropolitan city works for us.

Ideas that come to mind? How about someone wearing their winter coat down at Ocean Beach? Maybe submit that shot of your friends hanging out on that rare warm evening? Maybe you did get to the beach when the sun was high and bright in the sky and your friends jumped in the ocean. Or that one classic BBQ image of your buddy Steve drinking a beer. Or maybe a sticky Tenderloin pigeon in the gutter? Whatever works for you, works for us. Post it and tag it today! www.dickermanprints.com


A Visual Tour of Dickerman Prints

A few pulls of the flat files around here at Dickerman Prints can reveal a stimulating selection of musical eye candy. We're sure you recognize many of the artists captured. 

Below is a little tour of Dickerman Prints and a peek inside some of those flat files mentioned above.

NOTE: Can you spy the great writer William S. Burroughs?


Fine Art Printing Workshops at the Lab

FINE ART PRINTING WORKSHOP SERIES
ENROLLMENT BEGINS 9/1

 Seth Dickerman (left) Seth Dickerman (left)

Do you have favorite images that deserve to be printed and displayed? Perhaps you have images that you know will make great prints, but you aren’t sure how to get them to look their best.

Dickerman Prints is now offering fine art printing tutorials and workshops. Through collaboration and instruction, we will work to give your images greater depth and range. Learn how to make beautiful, engaging prints that articulate what you would like your photograph to say.

2 Hour Personal Photoshop Printing Tutorial, $375 
Uses of 10 feet of 30” wide Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper is included. (A $300 value.)

This private session includes two hours of one-on-one instruction with Master Printer Seth Dickerman and 25 square feet of 30″ wide Fuji Crystal Archive paper, exposed and processed in our state-of-the-art Polielletronicca printer.* The tutorial will be tailored to the needs of each participant, and can accommodate photographers with advanced Photoshop skills, or those just beginning their digital practice. Regardless of experience, this tutorial will give you the tools to make your prints better than you thought possible!

Areas of assistance can include:
- image manipulation, retouching and editing
- tonality, density and contrast
- uses of curves, levels, layers, masks, brushes
- image sharpening
- image rescue techniques
- darkroom techniques as they translate into digital photography best practices
- file sizing
- formatting decisions
- cropping
- editing
- sequencing
- portfolio preparation
- exhibition preparation
- paper choices
- print finishing options

Seth Dickerman has been a professional printer since 1978, working with many of the country’s most respected photographers. A highly experienced teacher, Seth has trained many other professional printers. He has taught at both the UC Berkeley ASUC Art Center and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and has led numerous other fine printing workshops. His extensive darkroom experience uniquely informs his work with digital materials. Seth has exhibited his personal work widely and is represented by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. His work is in many public and private collections.

*10 linear feet of 30” wide paper will yield up to 45 8×10” prints, or a lesser number of larger sized prints. Any remaining unexposed paper will be available you for you to print on at a later time, at your convenience. Additional personal tutorial time is $150 per hour, and includes 4 feet of 30” wide paper. Arrangements can also be made for those working with negatives and transparencies.

 Image © Baron Wolman Image © Baron Wolman

Fine Printing Group Workshop: Making your prints look their best, $750 
Three sessions, for 3-6 students. Use of 15 feet of 30” wide Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper is included. ($450 value)

Led by Seth Dickerman, this workshop will cover a variety of fine art printing techniques. We will look at our prints critically, discuss how they may be improved, and then print them to our satisfaction. The workshop is designed to give participants a solid foundation of digital editing skills. We will focus on professional digital darkroom techniques, covering topics like tonality, contrast, density, and image manipulation.

Session 1 (October 4th: 7:30 – 9:30 PM): Introductory Lecture, Group Critique, Demonstration

Session 2 (October 5th: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM): Group Printing Day
Participants will be encouraged to continue with their printing on their own over the following 2 weeks in preparation for Session 3.

Session 3 (October 25th: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM): Group Critique and Printing/reprinting


DIY “C” Printers: Improvement Prints for 40% Off

Our clients have a discerning eye when it comes to perfect prints. If you’re one of the many photographers and hobbyists who utilize our Print on Demand service, this discount was created with you in mind.

For those unfamiliar, Print on Demand allows photographers to make digital “C” prints- without the need for print technicians. We love our staff, and we chose them for their incredible abilities, but there are times when we’d just like to have control over our own prints!

We all like to make the most of our print canvasses, by printing out small test strips before that final large print. But inevitably, you will sometimes prnt an image and find you need to make another change before calling it perfect.

If you find that your final print needs just one more reprint, or essential change, you can get your second print at 40% off.

We take our role as a community-based photo lab seriously, and to us, this is one of our most important services. We remain the only lab in the bay area that offers DIY digital “C” printing and workspace. Our color-managed digital darkrooms are always free while you’re printing (as is the espresso and tea!), and it’s our sincere hope that this encourages the creation of new work, beautiful photography, and gorgeous prints.

Make them great!


Social Media Workshop Recap

For those of you who missed last night’s workshop, here are some of the highlights from presenters Scott James andAndrew Lawrence. You can find the full presentation here.

SCOTT JAMES ON SOCIAL MEDIA STATEGIES

“No one can care until they know.”

Regardless of your strategy, number of social networks, or future plans to post, your followers and fans cannot be invested in your work without an abundance of information out there. Share your work!


A Tour of 1141 Howard Street

The boxes are unpacked, the workstations are up and running, and the sunlight pours in every morning (cue uplifting piano interlude).

Seth’s work, and the new home of the pigment printer.

 The new darkroom The new darkroom

Our next big project is the addition of new magnetic gallery walls. This will prove to be an incredible improvement to those of using the Print on Demand service. Clean, white walls will surround each digital darkroom providing the proper darkness for each workspace, and empty, white wall space to examine finished prints on the outside.


1141 Howard Street is Open

We’re up and running in our beautiful new lab space. 1141 Howard Street is the new address, and we’d love to see some familiar faces stop by.

New Features:
-Expansive gallery walls. Stay tuned to learn what exhibitions we’ve planned for the fall.
-Natural light-filled print viewing areas, thanks to our skylights!
-Ample street parking, and a “California Parking” lot nearby on Minna, between 7th and 8th streets.
-A general good-vibe-ery, felt immediately upon entering.

You can still expect excellence, and our comprehensive list of services. The only catch is we’ll have to host you in our incredible new location!


Our New Location

Our fearless leader has been working hard at our new location alongside his faithful band of craftsmen. Here are some shots from the new space, in preparation for our move this August (…we think!)

 This from when the roof was off in April. Photograph by Seth Dickerman. This from when the roof was off in April. Photograph by Seth Dickerman.  Before construction. Photograph by Seth Dickerman. Before construction. Photograph by Seth Dickerman.  Our BEAUTIFUL new gallery walls. The exhibition possibilities are endless! Stay tuned for work from our artists-in-residence, beginning this September.   Our BEAUTIFUL new gallery walls. The exhibition possibilities are endless! Stay tuned for work from our artists-in-residence, beginning this September.


Buy Fine Art Before You’re 60

love when curators place beautiful, affordable art in the spotlight. This weekend, curator and producer Andrea Potts is holding a show in Sonoma featuring three of our regulars. Adam Cohen, Henrik Kam, and Michael Bennett all printed their pieces here at the lab.

Here’s a peek at some of the work in the show:

  Photograph by   Adam Cohen  .
Photograph by  Adam Cohen .
  “Roman Remnants #1, Via Appia-Antica” by   Henrik Kam  .
“Roman Remnants #1, Via Appia-Antica” by  Henrik Kam .
  “Roman Remnants #1, Via Appia-Antica” by   Henrik Kam  .
“Roman Remnants #1, Via Appia-Antica” by  Henrik Kam .