Meaningful Image Workshop

Magic of Platinum and Palladium Printing with Digital Negatives

October 21 2-hour online pre-session

October 25 & 26 in the studio

Online and in studio

October 21 (online) and October 25 & 26, 2024 in Studio


Pay $250 deposit to hold your space


Studio days 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Enrollment limited to 4 people

Pay a non-refundable, transferable deposit of $250 to hold your place in the workshop. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.

Class Info

Class Overview

There is nothing the compares to the beauty and richness of a platinum/palladium print. Once the standard method of printing, it is now one of the many alternative processes available to photographers today. While many photographers are working with a hybrid digital and analog workflow, most photos are captured digitally.  Luckily, we can use any digital image to make an alt processing print. Using basic Photoshop techniques, you can convert any image to work in one of the historical processes. One of the most tonally rich and classic looks in alt processing is the palladium/platinum print.

In this workshop, you will learn about the history of platinum and palladium printing and how to use modern tools and techniques to take advantage of this amazing printing process.  If you have ever wanted to get started with alternative processing or are wanting to get a chance to try working in the magic of platinum and palladium, this workshop will make sure that you take the necessary steps to create some amazing prints. 

What to expect from the course

This workshop is designed to maximize your time working with digital negatives and making prints. 

W start with a 2-hour online Zoom session where we will cover the history and fundamentals of working with palladium and platinum for print making. We will also cover an brief overview of the calibration and workflow process to create digital negatives. 

Prior to the workshop, you will upload several black and white images, which we will use to create digital negatives for you to use during the workshop. There will be the opportunity to refine the images as needed and reprint new images. You will be able to take home your digital negatives and corresponding Photoshop files. 

On the first day of the workshop, we will discuss the calibration process in more detail, coating and working with the chemistry, safety, material options, paper choices, and measuring tools. The rest of the day will be spent making images. 

On day two , we continue making and refining images. We end the day with a group critique and discussion of presenting and storing images.

Core Content

  • Picking the right images
  • Understanding what photography means to you
  • Who you are as a photographer
  • Why one image works and another doesn’t
  • Developing language to talk about your work, your artistic seeing, and projects
  • Learning how to speak about photographs
  • Define and develop actionable steps to sharing your work with others
  • Developing editing, organization techniques, and workflows for consistency of your style and voice. 
  • Reviewing work
  • Making prints
  • Discussions of editions and presentation considerations

Online Course via Zoom and In-Person

This course has an online session and two in-person sessions.

What you’ll need

To attend the first session, you will need to have Zoom installed on your device. 

You will also need to have access to digital images, either through a digital camera or by scanning film, and be able to convert them to black and white. 

To create and edit images in black and white, as well as convert them to digital negatives, you’ll need a laptop computer with either Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. 

Please maintain an open, upbeat attitude during the sessions to help create an inclusive and supportive community of photographers. Being respectful, supportive, and engaging is important. 

We will provide all the printing and supplies you’ll need. We will also provide you the initial set of your images printed as digital negatives so you can jump right into the process.

We will send you a detailed information document before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear, image processing suggestions and more.


We treat each other with mutual respect.

We do not engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior that disturbs others, threaten others physically, or engage in verbal harassment.

We don’t act unreasonably or interfere with others’ use of the facilities (online or in-person) or class time.

When providing feedback, we provide honest, open dialogs about our work and the work of others in a respectful manner.

Silly Dog Studios does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.

Silly Dog Studios values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of people in our community. Encouraging and protecting diversity creates an environment that promotes freedom of thought and shared learning.

Please note that anyone who violates these guidelines will be removed from a workshop, course, or program. No refunds will be given.

What’s not included in the cost

  • Travel to and from Whidbey Island
  • Any meals or additional accommodations
  • Hotel cost
  • Equipment not listed as included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Trip Insurance (we highly recommend)
  • Travel Medical  Insurance (we highly recommend)
  • Anything not specifically called out as included in workshop

Payment information

Pay a non-refundable, transferable deposit of $250 to hold your place in the workshop. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.

Participants paying with a deposit will be billed full tuition 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

If you are on a waiting list, you will not be charged a deposit fee or tuition until space becomes available for you and you confirm your desire to register.

Common Questions

What do I need to bring?

Each workshop has a different set of needs. Once you register, you will be sent a detailed handout about the workshop or event. The booklet contains details about the workshop content, locations, directions to the studio and complete workshop schedule. It also includes a list of required materials and optional materials.

However, for most workshops, participants need to bring their computers. Digital cameras are required for on-location or shooting workshops. The studio equipment (printers, scanners, etc.) is available for participant use during each workshop. While we run Macs in our studio, workshops are mostly Adobe-centric or universal software centric, so Windows-based PC users should have few concerns about compatibility. I also worked for several years at Microsoft and have lots of Windows experience.

We use a variety of media. If you want to print on alternate substrates, please bring your preferred media.

For online workshops, you only need access to the Internet and a working device to connect to the session via the provided link.

Is there some way to reduce my financial risk if I can't make it for some reason?

I understand that things happen, and you can read our refund policy below or in our Terms of Service. I highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your workshop. Having that in your back pocket can reduce your risk and put your mind at ease. Travelex is a good company, as are many other options.

All payments made are non-refundable. Funds paid are transferable if you cancel more than 60 days before the start of your workshop. Daniel J Gregory Photography reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 45 days before the workshop begins.

Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or travel emergencies. Participants are still responsible for any losses regarding flights, travel, lodging or other undefined expense. Again, please consider travel insurance to remove any worries you might have. We recommend you purchase travel insurance through Travelex.

If Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography must cancel a workshop, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or transferred to another workshop.

What about COVID-19 and vaccination requirements?

For in-person workshops, we require that attendees be vaccinated. If you fail to produce your vaccination status, you will forfeit your spot in the workshop, and no refund will be provided.

What is your payment and refund policy?

For most in-person workshops, payments are due in full at the time of registration. Our approach is that your payment for the program is a commitment to participate, just as it is our commitment to provide the best experience possible. It is a commitment on both our parts. So, the short answer is we don’t provide refunds on workshops, classes and courses.

If you need to cancel your reservation with more than 60 days notice, funds paid are transferable to a future workshop space permitting. With less than 60 days until the workshop, there are no refunds or transfers. There are no refunds or transfers for any reason once the event, class or workshop date has begun. We highly suggest that you get trip insurance to reduce your risk.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Yes, you will need to bring a computer. We don’t have computers for you to use. If computers are not required for the workshop, we will let you know in advance.

For smaller workshops or online sessions, many of our attendees prefer just to take notes the old fashion way.

Are there any prerequisites for attending a workshop?

For almost all of the workshops there are no prerequisites. In the event a workshop does require some advanced or prior knowledge it will be specifically called out on the workshop registration page. If you are ever concerned about the specific topics or technical requirements for a workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer any of your questions so that you can feel great about your decision to sign up.

Do you offer any discounts?

Some workshops do offer an early-bird rate.  The early bird rate, when offered, will be automatically calculated in the price. The rate is available for workshops with early-bird pricing until four weeks before the workshop start date.

I also offer a discount for alums and referrals. If you want an alum or referral discount, please get in touch with me before registering for your discount code.

Alum discounts may not be used for any online class or workshops except for the Meaningful Image full-length course.

Can I be put on a waitlist?

Absolutely. Life happens and we want to make sure that we can get you in a workshop if at all possible. If the workshop is full, we will take down your name and contact you if a spot becomes available.

Do you offer payment plans?

Some workshops do have a non-refundable, transferable deposit, but unless noted, a workshop payment is due in full at the time of registration. We do understand that sometimes it makes sense to be able to pay for the cost of a  workshop over time. If you want to discuss that as an option, please contact us and we can figure out something that will work for you to be able to attend the workshop.

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