The Digital Darkroom in Nebraska with Cheryl Opperman

Join award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman for a new 2019 fall workshop designed to help you improve your digital processing skills and expand your creativity in the digital darkroom. Designed for intermediate digital photographers, we will explore the tools and techniques that optimize your output and allow you to construct brand new works of photographic art. In addition to hands-on classroom sessions behind your computer, we will spend time in the field photographing the Crane Trust’s genetically pure bison herd, a variety of raptors from a local raptor education and rehabilitation organization, and prairie scenery.

Making An Impression

Story and Photographs by F.M. Kearney

If you’re not a winter person, it’s probably been a few months since you’ve taken a single photo. But, you’re in luck. Spring is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before blooms of daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms begin dotting the landscape. But, instead of settling for the same old photos this year, why not try something a little different?

I recently began experimenting with a program called Topaz Impression. I briefly touched on this program in my article, “The Final Frames,” in the last installment of eNEWS last year. Topaz ( makes over a dozen programs that can really add a unique flair to your images, but when it comes to nature photography, Impression is probably the most useful. Taking its name from the impressionistic-style of painting that emerged in France in the mid-19th century, this program can transform an ordinary-looking photo into a stunning work of art.

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