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Polaroid/Fuji Image and Emulsion Transfer

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Join 's Course: Polaroid/Fuji Image and Emulsion TransferExplore creative, alternative photographic techniques to produce unique and artistic images using Polaroid and Fuji films. Learn how to create Polaroid/Fuji image and emulsion transfers and apply them to different surfaces, as well as to manipulate and handwork your transfers, and then handcolor them. Each image is unique due to the physical properties of the transfer processes.
Key Features

  1.  Polaroid Image Transfers - Basic Equipment, Film, and Supplies
  2. Image Transfer Step-by-Step Procedure
  3.  Troubleshooting - Image Transfers
  4. Creative Techniques for Image Transfers
  5. Handcoloring Image Transfers
  6. Polaroid Emulsion Transfers (also called Emulsion Lifts) 
  7. Troubleshooting - Emulsion Transfers
  8. Creative Techniques for Emulsion Transfers
     

  • Polaroid & Fuji Image / Emulsion Transfers
  • Hands-on Course
  • Handcoloring and Creative Techniques

What You Get

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  Benefits:
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
 
 
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!

Instructor

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Photography Instructor: Kathleen T. Carr Kathleen T. Carr
Kathleen T. Carr is a fine art photographer, author and teacher. She received her B.F.A. (cum laude) in Photography from Ohio University in 1970. She then studied photography with Minor White at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. Minor's work had a strong influence on Kathleen's visual perception and approach to photography. She subsequently worked for Aperture, a fine photography quarterly and book publisher. After spending seven years at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, creating audio-visual programs, multi-media shows, publicity materials and books, Kathleen was staff photographer for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She started and owns Carr Classics, a fine photography card company that showcases her Big Sur photography.

Kathleen's photographs have been published internationally in numerous books and periodicals, including PhotoVision (featured artist), American Art Collector, Outdoor Photographer (featured artist), National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Esquire, and Decor (featured artist). Several galleries and private dealers represent her work.

Her books include Polaroid Manipulations: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating SX-70, Transfer, and Digital Prints, Polaroid Transfers: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating Image and Emulsion Transfers (Amphoto Books), and To Honor the Earth (with Dorothy Maclean, HarperSanFrancisco).

Kathleen has been leading photography workshops since 1984 on topics including beginning photography, Polaroid and digital transfers, beginning Photoshop for photographers, and digital Infrared. In addition to teaching for BetterPhoto, she offers one to seven day workshops and private sessions in Hawaii, Montana, California and other locals.

See her Pro BetterPholio: www.kathleentcarr.com

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


© Kathleen Carr 

© Kathleen Carr 

A Couple of Student Photos

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View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!

Nancy  Lynch
© Nancy Lynch
Nancy  Lynch
© Nancy Lynch

Course Outline

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Week 1: Polaroid/Fuji Image Transfers - Basic Equipment, Film, and Supplies
Equipment options, film types, exposure and other settings, color filtration, types of images that work best.
Assignment: Make sure you have the correct equipment, film, and supplies for creating image transfers. Gather some existing slides (or 4x6 prints if you have the Daylab Copy System) that you'd like to work with, or go out and shoot a roll of film. Upload images for critique.

Week 2: Image Transfer Step-by-Step Procedure
Illustrated step-by-step image transfer technique, with tips for getting better results.
Assignment: Make 10 image transfers and upload your best results. Don't throw any problem transfers out, even if they are a mess! I'll want to see some of them for Lesson 3, Troubleshooting. Also, for Handcoloring in Lesson 5, they provide an opportunity to practice techniques on transfers you don't care about possibly ruining!

Week 3: Troubleshooting - Image Transfers
Common problems, both film-based and transfer related, and how to fix them.
Assignment: Try to identify any problems you've had, and upload examples with your identified solutions. If you don't have a clue what went wrong, upload the examples with your questions about any problem images.

Week 4: Creative Techniques for Image Transfers
Creative techniques, including the use of different surfaces, wet vs. dry technique, multiple exposures, sandwiches, using multiple images, collages, and methods of handworking the image.
Assignment: Try at least 3 different creative techniques, including the use of another surface. Upload your favorites, as well as any that you have questions about. Upload those to the Q&A section. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

Week 5: Handcoloring Image Transfers
Best artists' materials for handcoloring transfers, and recommended handcoloring techniques.
Assignment: Handcolor several transfers using at least two different media. Start on throw-aways to practice using different media and techniques, and build up your confidence.

Week 6: Polaroid/Fuji Emulsion Transfers (also called Emulsion Lifts)
Equipment options, film types, exposure and other settings, color filtration, types of images that work best. Illustrated step-by-step emulsion transfer technique, with tips for getting better results.
Assignment: Make 10 emulsion transfers and upload your three best results. Start on watercolor paper, and then try some alternative surfaces if you wish. Some possibilities are handmade papers (not too thin, and use the acetate), tiles, stones, aluminum foil, plexiglass, glass, sheet metal, playing cards - anything that is not too rough. Save any problematic transfers to upload for next week's lesson on troubleshooting.

Week 7: Troubleshooting - Emulsion Transfers
Common problems, both film-based and transfer related, and how to fix them.
Assignment: First, try to create some ghost transfers, and upload one or two. Second, identify any emulsion transfer problems you've had, and upload one or two examples with your identified solutions. If you don't have a clue what went wrong, upload the examples with your questions about these problem images.

Week 8: Creative Techniques for Emulsion Transfers
Creative techniques, including the use of different surfaces including three dimensional surfaces, multiple exposures, sandwiches, using multiple images, collages, and methods of handworking the image.
Assignment: Try at least 3 different creative techniques, including the use of a three-dimensional surface. Upload the ones that you like the best.


© Kathleen Carr 

© Kathleen Carr 

Requirements

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  • Daylab or
  • Daylab Copy System or
  • Or similar equipment (see Q&A for more)

FAQ

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Do I already need to be a photographer to take this course?
No, this is a beginning course. I have many participants in my workshops who want to start exploring their creativity, and have no background in photography. 

Do you have to have a Polaroid camera to make Polaroid transfers?
No, there are several ways to expose your image onto the Polaroid or Fuji film. You can use any or all of the following:
  • Daylab or Vivitar slide printer for 35mm slides (or a Daylab 120 for medium format transparencies).
  • Daylab Copy System Pro for 4x6 prints (or 4x6 digital images printed on your home inkjet printer).
  • Polaroid camera that takes peel-apart film, or a camera that takes a Polaroid or Fuji film holder, or Polaroid "back."
  • Darkroom enlarger to projection print onto the Polaroid or Fuji film.
 

I shoot with a digital camera. Will this work?
Yes, with the Daylab Copy System, you can create Polaroid or Fuji transfers from prints that you create from your digital files. 

What is a Polaroid emulsion transfer?

An emulsion transfer, also called an emulsion lift, is a Polaroid or Fuji print (from peel-apart Polacolor ER or Fuji FP-100c film), whose image layer (the emulsion) has been removed with hot water and placed onto another surface. This transparent emulsion can be sculpted, stretched and torn into different shapes, and placed on virtually any surface, including three-dimensional objects. It can then be handcolored if desired.  

Is the equipment needed to make transfers expensive?
No, you can often find used Vivitar or Daylab slide printers, and you can buy new models of Daylab slide printers for under $200, or the Copy System Pro for $300. Also, many of the supplies can be found among your kitchen or household items, or purchased inexpensively at thrift stores.  

Are these transfer processes difficult?
No, Polaroid and Fuji image and emulsion transfers are very simple, creative, and lots of fun! 

I really want to take this class but I am still unclear about the required equipment. What exactly do I need to do this?
I will cover this more in-depth in the first lesson, but if you would like to get a head start, here's the required equipment and supplies:

- Slide Printer or Copy System: First you will need some kind of slide printer for 35mm or medium format slides, or a Daylab Copy System Pro for 4x6 prints.

- The Daylab Copy System Pro (fixed focus, for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film or Fuji FP-100c film) can be used with 4x6 photo or digital inkjet prints, and with 3-D objects and other images, just like a scanner can be used. It's great for those of you who don't have 35mm slides. New $319. An optional power adapter allows you to use electricity, for $19.95 - or you can use four C batteries (rechargeable OK).

- The slide printer you can use is the Daylab EZ (fixed focus, for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film). The newest and easiest of the Daylab slide printers, $179 new from www.daylab.com.  

More on slide printers...
- Daylab 35 (fixed focus, for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film), used - $150 or under.

- Daylab Jr. or Vivitar - no longer made, available used (also fixed focus, for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film) Used $60-$120.

- Daylab II or Daylab 35 Plus - Multi-format slide printers with 3x4 base (variable focus for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film or Fuji FP-100c film, and can be used with an extra base and film holder for Fuji 4x5 peel-apart film. Fuji 4x5 film not available in US at this time). New $199-$260, used Daylab II's can also be found.

- Daylab 120 - Multi-format slide printer for medium format transparencies, with 3x4 base (variable focus for 3 1/4 x 4/1/4 inch peel-apart Polaroid 669 film or Fuji FP-100c film, and can be used with an extra base and film holder for Fuji 4x5 peel-apart film. Fuji 4x5 film not available in US at this time). New $250-$350.

- You can also use an enlarger or a camera that takes Polaroid 669 film.  

What about supplies?
The basic supplies you'll need to work with for image and emulsion transfers with 669 film can be gathered from your kitchen or easily purchased. If you're starting from scratch, Polaroid offers an Image and Emulsion Transfer Kit that contains most of what you'll need for both image and emulsion transfers:
- Two 5x7 photographic trays
- 4 inch brayer roller (soft rubber printmaking roller)
- Thermometer capable of reading 160F and tongs
- Clear acetate sheet
- 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper
- Self-adhesive shelf paper (like Contact)
- Timer  

Any other supplies?
In addition, you'll need a squeegee, scissors, cotton swabs (Q-tips), x-acto knife, small cloth towel, paper towels, warming tray (1950s hors d'oeuvres warming trays at thrift stores work well) or electric fry pan (thrift store models are great), and white distilled vinegar. Using distilled water is recommended; however, I suggest comparing results with both distilled water and your tap water. If you don't notice a significant difference, just use tap water. 

How about slides or prints?
35mm slides for all slide printer models except the Daylab 120 and the Copy System Pro. 35mm slides can be used with a condenser or color head enlarger, but not a cold light enlarger.
- Medium format transparencies for use with the Daylab 120 system only, or an enlarger.
- 4x6 prints for the Daylab Copy System Pro. These prints can be photographic or inkjet prints. Therefore, this is an excellent choice for those of you with digital cameras and printers.
- Black & white and color negatives can also be used, but you will get a negative print - one that looks similar to the negative. 


© Kathleen Carr 

© Kathleen Carr 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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Kim M. Ross
member since: 6/11/2008
Kathleen Carr's Polaroid/Fuji Image and Emulsion Transfer course challenges photographers to learn new processes and sharpen composition skills. Photography, as an art, needs to move forward, and photographers need to continue to see in new ways. This course is designed to do both. Each of the eight lessons is densely packed with information, detailed instructions and beautiful images. In addition, Kathleen is a gifted teacher, ready to lend assistance and give inspiration. Anyone who is truly interested in growing as a photographer should take this course. I highly recommend Kathleen Carr's Polaroid/Fuji Image and Emulsion Transfer class available on BetterPhoto.com Kim Ross

- 11/9/2010 4:55:33 AM


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BetterPhoto Member Christine L. Murphy
Christine L. Murphy
member since: 5/2/2006
This class exceeded my expectations in every way. It was great to explore my creativity using images on different paper and different mediums. It was almost like painting with your images! You can put photos just about anywhere you can think of. I'm disappointed the class is ending but I plan to keep playing with my Fuji Film and different transfer mediums. Thank you so much Kathleen for your encouraging words and wonderful ideas. This class has been the most exciting and fun class I have ever taken. I just wish it wasn't ending.

- 7/12/2010 8:58:57 AM


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Lisa Canorro
member since: 4/28/2010
I had blown through a lot of film by the time I found this class. Internet sites were pretty wavering on working techniques for fuji film. Kathleen was right on the money about what processes worked and didn't, whether you were using fuji film or polaroid. What a great help! Great layering of lessons to help one succeed and strong feedback on works and questions. I found that Kathleen's work and that of my fellow classmates helped inspire me to go beyond what I would have otherwise done on my own. I highly recommend this class, very enjoyable, wish it wasn't over already!

- 7/6/2010 10:45:33 AM


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BetterPhoto Member Lisa Gordon
Lisa Gordon
member since: 8/30/2007
Kathleen's class was just amazing!!! I learned so much and with her thoughtful guidance was able to explore a bit of my artistic side that I was not sure existed. Her comments were timely and so very helpful. All questions were answered promptly. Anyone interested in Polaroid/Fuji/Alternative Photography processes would love this course.

- 7/5/2010 11:57:34 AM


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Georganne Fisher
member since: 3/31/2009
I've wanted to do Polaroid transfers for a long time, but felt more confident trying this process out with an experienced person like Kathleen Carr helping me. She was very flexible, with critiques that were supportive and accurate. Her suggestions were gentle and thorough. Communication was excellent. Most importantly, she looked for the strengths as well as the weaknesses in our work and pointed those out.
The online experience is not ideal for this type of class. In spite of the excellent written instructions provided and individual attention given, a student can make more mistakes than necessary due to the fact the instructor is not actually present to correct problems as they occur. On the other hand, the instructor is forced to guess what went wrong based on viewing a student's work and reading an, at times, inaccurate description of the problem.
Lastly, the BetterPhoto site provides an easy way to upload photos, but even though I consider myself fairly computer savvy, I found trying to add comments to each photo, very non intuitive and somewhat confusing. I'm not sure I ever quite got it right.
Thanks for a great course, Kathleen Carr is wonderful, I would love to take one of her work shops. Kathleen please come to Tampa! :-)
Georganne Fisher

- 9/27/2009 4:36:59 AM


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"I enjoyed Kathleen's Polaroid Transfers class immensely... I found the processes taught by Kathleen allowed me to unleash a whole new creative side of me... I would highly recommend this course... You get to create unique, original artworks that will impress everyone who sees them." -Robyn Mayne  

"Kathleen Carr ... is a gifted teacher who disseminates information in an understandable way, encourages participation from all students in questions and comments, and has the ability of all expert teachers, which is to critique with kindness and patience while being 'to the point' for the sake of creativity. I not only enjoyed this course....I delighted in it." -Ronni Nienstedt 

"This class has inspired a much needed creative awakening in me and I am so grateful for this. ... You've done an excellent and thorough job in imparting your knowledge. Your enthusiasm and positive approach in communicating, teaching and critiquing has been delightful." -Patrice Ryan 

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