Bow Skills Lab: The Digital Darkroom - Understanding and using Photoshop effectively


12 Mar 2019
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Participants will gain an understanding of the principles of digital photography, and practical knowledge of how to use it in a professional manner for the purposes of producing professional standard images.

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education. Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to Bow Arts artists and students.

The aim is to empower participants with both practical advice and useful background knowledge when working with photographic professionals in the creative industries. The session will include discussion and advice on:

- Understanding different colour spaces

- Understanding white balance and colour temperature

- Effective and practical colour balancing and other post production techniques

- Appropriate use of different types of image file

- Image file profiles

- Pixel depth, resolution and image size.

- Preparing images for print and screen.

John Timberlake Bio:

John Timberlake (b.1967) is an artist. Recurrent themes in his work are the construction of histories, memory and landscape.  Recent exhibitions include: 10-4 at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greeinwich (2018) Artists Impression: Mangled Metal (2015, at the Peltz Gallery Birkbeck; We Are History (Beaconsfield, London, 2014) Turning Points (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, 2014-15) and Visions of War Above and Below(Imperial War Museum, London, 2015-16).  John taught Photography at the University of Wolverhampton 2002-2007, and is currently a senior lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University.  He studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic (BA Hons, Fine Art Alternative Practice 1987-1990) The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2001-2002) and Goldsmiths College (practice / theory Ph.D 2006-2013). John's solo authored monograph Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary (2018) has recently been published by Intellect.


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Tickets £3/5 (concession rate applies to under 18s, students, over 65s and Bow Arts artists)


Access Information

Bow Arts Courtyard room has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 3)


Travel Information

Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm
Address: 181-183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area

Email Address: 
020 8980 774 (Ext. 3