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Color Talk with Janice Wendt

     

by Brenda K. Hipsher – November 13th, 2013

Janice WendtJanice Wendt is one of the Photographic industry’s most respected retouch and image enhancement artist. Well known as the Trainer to the Trainers, she has more than 30 years in nature, commercial, wedding and portrait photography experience. Janice brings traditional techniques she learned through years of working with sensitized products into digital imaging, creating the ever elusive WOW image factor.

Janice can be found working closely with several companies in an educational capacity, including Athentech Imaging, Tamron and Wacom. She is well known for her extensive knowledge and creative techniques using, Perfectly Clear, Nik Collection as well as other Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-ins.

She works closely with the educational community, including, Professional Photographers of America, Texas School, West Coast School, Georgia School, Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops and Palm Beach Photo Center.

Janice takes color very seriously. In our latest edition of Color Talk Janice shares some of her thoughts about color and the importance of color management in the digital workflow.

We asked Janice some additional questions in the text interview below:

X-Rite Blog:     When did you become interested in photography?

Janice Wendt:     The university I lived two blocks from had art classes in the summer for children. I was 8 years old when I took one that exposed me to the magic that happens in the darkroom and was hooked immediately. I saved cereal box tops to get a 127 Kodak camera. It was then I told my parents that I was going to make Photography my career.

XB:     What intrigued you about digital retouching and how did you get started in that part of the industry?

Color Talk Janice Wendt

©2013 Janice Wendt

JW:     I started with traditional retouching on my own work and then at a commercial Lab in Denver. It was so time consuming. When Nik Software came out with Pen Palette, it utilized the ability to use the pen pressure of Wacom tablets. This tool gave me the same wonderful control I had with a paint brush in traditional photography. I found myself creating techniques on using these tools to retouch images, from portrait to landscapes, that enhanced images without moving pixels. This created a rich photographic sense in the images that emulated what I did in the darkroom, airbrushes and paint brushes.

XB:     What is it about teaching that satisfies you?

JW:     Teaching is so rewarding, you get to share what you have learned through the years and learn new techniques from your students as well. The most rewarding part is when you see a student take off and grow with their images. Taking them to the next level. I also love it when I teach very young people photography. Every once in a while you will meet that one person that is lost and they find their passion. Photography as a passion can open one’s eyes to the culture and diversity of the world.

Color Talk Janice Wendt

©2013 Janice Wendt

XB:     How much time are you able to devote to your own photography?

JW:     I try to get out as much as possible. But I must say I do not get out as much as I would like. I make at least 3 major trips a year to photograph around the USA and around the world. When I am photographing I become a kid again and all adult aches and pain goes away with the excitement of creating images.

XB:     What is your favorite recent project?

JW:     I love my Angkor Wat project. It triggered the desire to photograph more ancient cultural ruins. Angkor Wat will demand many more trips from me. It is an amazing place in Cambodia. I photographed 2 different temples every day for two weeks and still did not see all. I could spend several days in just one temple if I had the time. It is amazing the detail and depth of the art that is in just one location on earth.

XB:     What would you tell someone just starting in photography today?

JW:     Explore all that makes this art form your passion. Be willing to grow and learn new tools. Remember photography is not just a documentary form. It is also an art form that spans all from realism to the abstract that can only contain bits and pieces of the photographic image. Be willing to step outside of the box to achieve your vision.

Color Talk Janice Wendt

©2013 Janice Wendt

Janice can be found working closely with several companies in an educational capacity, including Athentech Imaging, Tamron and Wacom. She is well known for her extensive knowledge and creative techniques using, Perfectly Clear, Nik Collection as well as other Photoshop and Lightroom Plug-ins.

She works closely with the educational community, including, Professional Photographers of America, Texas School, West Coast School, Georgia School, Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops and Palm Beach Photo Center.

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