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A PermaJet Print Academy training weekend for 2019...

A super weekend event (non-residential)...

After the great success of our "Train to Print" weekends, the PermaJet Print Academy teamed up with the amazing Black Country Living Museum to offer a unique weekend of Photography and Digital Printing in April 2017 which quickly sold out as did the 2018 event - so, here is the new 2019 date added below. This is one of the most visited museums in the UK harbouring a wealth of industrial heritage dating back to the Victorian era as well as themed shops, streets and period reenactors.

The venue offers photographers the unique opportunity to provide a combined photography and print experience, taking place over the weekend of 18th & 19th May 2019 at the museum's home at Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ.

Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK; offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other. The site tells the story of a very special time and place in history and some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine!

Black Country folk changed the world, and in the cobbled streets of this canalside village and with camera in hand, you will capture images of the past and how ‘they’ became ‘us’. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers brought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. You will have the opportunity to photograph a group of period reenactors who embody the criminal gangs that walked the streets of Birmingham in the 1920's.


Starting at 10.00am, our regular training lecturers, Leigh Preston FRPS and Pete Johnson LRPS, will take you to site locations with unprecedented access allowing unhindered photography whilst you learn vital new skills and techniques from the pair. Don't miss the chance to grab a shot or two of the reenactors who are tagging along with you!

This day has been designed to offer you an insight into an area of photography that many photographers would otherwise not have, with a mix of set scenes with and without actors, outdoors and indoors, along with industrial architecture and heritage all set in this wonderful location. With so much to see and do, this is an all-weather venue so there's no excuse to drop out if it's raining!


Sunday sees the second phase in the Black Country weekend. Taking place at the home of the prominent Smethwick Photographic Society, The Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, B69 1AB, the digital printing day tutors will go through everything you need to know to produce exhibition quality prints of a selection of the group's images from the previous day.

All the following topics will be covered in an informative way at a pace to suit you:

  • Monitor and printer colour management
  • File size and image quality;
  • 8 bit vs 16 bit images; 
  • Getting the best from your digital files; 
  • Digital contact printing; 
  • Adjustment layers;
  • Sharpening & Interpolation;
  • Importing and saving files;
  • Using and converting RAW files; 
  • Printer problems and solutions; 
  • Installing and using ICC profiles for consistent colour and quality; 
  • Test printing & Advanced black and white features for specialist monochrome printing and the use of PermaJet papers.

Take advantage of the incredible PermaJet deals, exclusively available to course participants.

Each day will last approximately from 10.00am - 4.30pm and will include buffet lunches and refreshments.

This fabulous two day event, including entry to the Black Country Museum with lunch and the photography and digital printing training stated above is fantastic value for only £199.00 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment.

(n.b. if you wish to stay overnight at the hotel ready for the Sunday morning, then you must book rooms directly with the hotel as this cost is not included in our course fee)

Keep an eye out for future workshops.

Missed this workshop? Check out 'The Potteries Victorians' for a unique weekend experience - click here.

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