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Great black and white photography is not accidental but the product of a skilled craftsman. Simply desaturating your photo in Photoshop won't give you the results you're after. You need to know how to properly convert your images to black and white and how to creatively modify the image to create a true work of fine art. Now that the art form has evolved from film to digital files, how do you work as a modern black and white artist? How can you be sure you're creating the best quality image?
This course will walk you through the maze of information you need to create great work. You'll learn how to convert raw files to black and white with precise control and edit files with creative vision. You'll learn how to create image files that are professional quality and worthy of archival gallery prints.
You Will Learn and Master
Contents and Overview
The course is divided into three sections:
The Masterful Way, Tools and Gear, and The Creative Process. In the first section you will learn the mindset and principles of becoming a black and white master. In the second section, you'll learn about software and camera settings to get the best results. In the Third section you'll see how to edit images creatively based on what you learned earlier.
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What made Ansel Adams a great photographer? What can you learn from him?
Learn the correct mindset for becoming a master of black and white photography.
A simple overview of the zone system for historic understanding.
Digital photography and real-time editing has changed the way we think about exposure. The zone system is nice, but ultimately not required... so now what?
A quick look at composition rules.
What is a digital image really? How are they made?
Settings for your DSLR that set you up for success.
Getting the best from your iPhone for great black and white work. Bring your iPhone or iPad as an awesome pre-visualizer!
How to access the files 645 Pro saves into its own directory.
There are several ways your iPhone can save files, which method produces the highest quality images?
Editing on an iPhone can be fun.
Your monitor is your reference. Make sure it's telling you the truth.
A PNG image to view on your monitor for calibration purposes.
Your histogram is your best friend and your replacement for the zone system.
What should you take with you when shooting in wilderness areas? Be safe out there!
Interesting information about effective defense against land sharks.
Basic, foundational tone adjustments.
How to create layers with masks in Tonality and Photoshop
The heart of your creative process when editing a black and white image.
Getting your image to sing.
A case study of an iPhone image that gets the Moonrise treatment.
'Master' layers and file preparation.
Links for ordering prints
- 1984-1985, Studied Commercial Photography at Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, CA.
- 1985, Attended Friends of Photography workshops "The Fine Print" with John Sexton, Jerry Uelsman, and "The Portrait" with Annie Leibovitz and Arnold Newman. Lectures included visiting Ansel Adams darkroom, viewing some of his prints and some of his negatives along with technical discussion of his process.
- 30 years working in photography, UX and UI design, computer graphics, and software development.