Become a Master of Black & White Photography
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Become a Master of Black & White Photography

Learn how to control your creative process and software to create the very best black and white images.
4.1 (29 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
905 students enrolled
Created by Jim Love
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create black and white photographs with stunning tonal range.
  • Edit black and white photographs with confidence producing professional results.
  • Enjoy a creative process similar to 20th century masters using modern digital techniques.
  • Send digital files to a service that creates real photographic prints.
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  • You should know how to use your camera's basic features, like manually setting aperture and shutter speed.
  • Get Tonality CK from (Any modern version of Photoshop can be used as a substitute, but will be more difficult to use.)
  • Adobe's Camera RAW plugin will be used within Photoshop. You can use RawTherapee as an Open Source alternative to Adobe's Camera Raw.
  • If you own Lightroom AND the plugins that allow you to create layers, you should be able to follow along, but Lightroom will not be used for lectures. The instructor does not own Lightroom and can't answer specific questions about Lightroom.
  • The instructor uses Mac OS and iOS and can't support Windows software.

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Course Description

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

  • Nailing the correct exposure for digital work
  • Converting raw images to black and white
  • Creating images with maximum tonal range
  • Preserving the subtlety and avoiding digital artifacts
  • Creating images that match your artistic vision
  • Prepare your files for print

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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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to create black and white images of professional quality. Any skill level with any kind of digital camera, including smartphones, are welcome. Photographers with DSLRs shooting RAW files will benefit most.
  • Because every camera is different, I can't tell you how to use your camera. I will talk about some settings and metering. Please familiarize yourself with how your camera works and how to transfer images to your computer for editing.
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:06

Welcome. Meet the instructor and get a brief overview of the course.

Preview 03:06
The Masterful Way
5 Lectures 40:44

What made Ansel Adams a great photographer? What can you learn from him?

About Ansel Adams

Learn the correct mindset for becoming a master of black and white photography.

The Masterful Way

A simple overview of the zone system for historic understanding.

Zoning Out

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?

Going Beyond Zones

A quick look at composition rules.


The Masterful Way - Section Quiz
5 questions
Tools and Gear
14 Lectures 01:15:59

What I use in the course and some alternatives.

Preview 04:13

A list of software and alternatives to use for this course.

Preview 2 pages

What is a digital image really? How are they made?

Anatomy of a Digital Photo

Settings for your DSLR that set you up for success.

DSLR settings

Getting the best from your iPhone for great black and white work. Bring your iPhone or iPad as an awesome pre-visualizer!

645 Pro Settings

How to access the files 645 Pro saves into its own directory.

Getting files from 645 Pro

There are several ways your iPhone can save files, which method produces the highest quality images?

iPhone Images - Quality Comparison

Editing on an iPhone can be fun.


Your monitor is your reference. Make sure it's telling you the truth.

Monitor Calibration

A PNG image to view on your monitor for calibration purposes.

Monitor Calibration Test Image

Your histogram is your best friend and your replacement for the zone system.

Preview 06:40

Photoshop Tips

What should you take with you when shooting in wilderness areas? Be safe out there!

Safety In The Field

Interesting information about effective defense against land sharks.

Bear Spray vs. Bullets
1 page

Tools and Gear - Section Quiz
5 questions
The Creative Process
10 Lectures 01:26:15
Opening Raw Files - Part 1

Opening Raw Files - Part 2

Basic, foundational tone adjustments.

Basic Adjustments

How to create layers with masks in Tonality and Photoshop

Layers and Masking

The heart of your creative process when editing a black and white image.

Dodging and Burning

Getting your image to sing.

Light, Shape, and Depth


A case study of an iPhone image that gets the Moonrise treatment.

Preview 16:34

'Master' layers and file preparation.

Prints and Mastering

Links for ordering prints

Links For Printing
1 page

The Creative Process - Section Quiz
5 questions
About the Instructor
Jim Love
4.1 Average rating
29 Reviews
905 Students
1 Course
Black and White Landscape Photographer

- 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.