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                             Master Class Retreat for Fine Art Photographers: Mindful Monochrome

February 12 – 16, 2018


@ Bjorklunden - Lawrence University's Door County Campus

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

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5 day/4 night Retreat − $1,155

5 day Commuter − $795


Monday - Noon to 5pm

Tuesday & Wednesday - 9 to 5

Thursday - 9 to 6pm

Friday - 9 to Noon




To many photographers, black & white images are the very definition of fine art photography.


Through an intensive five-day study, please join me on a timeless journey into my personal photographic approach to making fine art black & white photographs. From capture to conversion to print, discover modern skills in making a beautiful monochrome photograph that can rival a darkroom-generated silver gelatin print.


A unique, highly calculated and effective approach to a full circle workflow is covered in this retreat. A strategic approach of RAW conversion in Lightroom, color & tonal management, a multitude of black & white conversion methods and print making will be demystified. The art & craft of a solid workflow will be presented on a big screen daily then the class will ease into productive studio time to work through your files and print. An open evening studio two nights in the week will be offered for one-on-one questions, to trouble-shoot, target special issues and to print.


In the classroom, partake in a disciplined post-processing workflow that will take RAW color captures to mindful monochrome. This concentrated study will wrap color in a monochromatic blanket of emotional intent so that only mood, metaphor and poetry remain.


Processing and printing high quality images will be the goal of this workshop. Print on a choice of Epson's UltraSmooth Fine Art, Velvet Fine Art, Hot Press Bright or Exhibition Fiber papers with an Epson printer using the Advanced Black & White print driver developed by Epson to bring out the deepest blacks for monochrome prints.


The exceptionally low student-to-teacher ratio provides the perfect setting to dive into a productive and fulfilling experience with loads of individual attention every step of the way.


Who should attend:

Open to all levels of photographic experience but best suited to photographers that have RAW captures and have solidly honed basic to intermediate skills in Photoshop & Lightroom.


Required Equipment:

A laptop, a print box to transport 13" x 19" prints and a panel of actions to be purchased from an outside source.


Workshop Details and Logistics:

Please arrive with a laptop with Lightroom 6 or CC and Photoshop CS6 or CC, TK panel plugin, NIK collection plugin, 3 to 5 workable files (RAW) and 8 to 10 images to introduce yourself photographically (prints or digital files on own device.) A complete supply list with links for software and workshop details will be sent upon registration.



A prep package will be sent via email in advance to refresh basic skills in Photoshop that are needed to successfully navigate the digital terrain and a fine art workflow. My special Photoshop actions will be included with the 100+ page handbook provided on the first day of the workshop. These six complex actions are custom designed to expedite a fine art workflow making the following almost effortless: color & tonal management, upsampling, sharpening and preparing a professional quality print file.




PDF LINK: Establishing a Full Circle Workflow essay




5 day/4 night Retreat − $1,155

Fee includes private room, continental breakfast - Tuesday thru Friday mornings, free parking, full access to campus, chapel & trails, hot beverages 24/7, workshop tuition, 100+ page handbook and up to 4 - 13" x 19" prints.




5 day Commuter − $795

Fee includes workshop tuition, 100+ page handbook, full access to campus, chapel & trails, hot beverages, free parking and up to 4 - 13" x 19" prints. Continental breakfast additional. Please note: Two Commuter Spaces Only.




Writable Registration Form


Please make tuition checks payable to:


Suzanne Rose Fine Art Photography


Mailing Address:


Suzanne Rose Fine Art Photography

8693 County Road D

Forestville, Wisconsin 54213













Suzanne Rose Mentorship Programs


When a workshop is not enough - take the next step in pursuit of a higher level of one-on-one training in the art and craft of fine art photography.


Six month or Yearlong mentorship commitments are available to focus on artistic endeavors to advanced technical training and everything else in between.



One-on-One Session

Three-hour minimum sessions with a 48 hour cancelation policy - maximum 2 persons in attendance


Hire me to target a specific tech issue or to focus on fieldwork or a bit of both. With a three-hour minimum, connect either in the classroom setting or go on a guided shoot in Door County. Use this time to amp up your game as a fine art photographer without any long-term commitment. With an intention in place, I will organically work with you to best accomplish your goals for the session by sharing my expertise, personal experiences and guidance.


Special arrangements can be made for a home visit in Door County at no additional fee.

Out-of-town sessions can be scheduled as well - a travel stipend will be applied with a two session commitment on consecutive days.



Please call or email to schedule a one-on-one session or to discuss customizing a mentorship program that will meet your expectations and budget.