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.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

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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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What are the requirements?

  • You should know how to use your camera's basic features, like manually setting aperture and shutter speed.
  • Get Tonality CK from Macphun.com (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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:06

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

Section 2: The Masterful Way
02:02

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

11:57

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

07:28

A simple overview of the zone system for historic understanding.

07:53

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?

11:24

A quick look at composition rules.

The Masterful Way - Section Quiz
5 questions
Section 3: Tools and Gear
04:13

What I use in the course and some alternatives.

2 pages

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

11:10

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

04:45

Settings for your DSLR that set you up for success.

06:13

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

03:17

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

04:09

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

07:38

Editing on an iPhone can be fun.

08:34

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

Article

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

06:40

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

Photoshop Tips
11:33
07:45

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

1 page

Interesting information about effective defense against land sharks.

Tools and Gear - Section Quiz
5 questions
Section 4: The Creative Process
Opening Raw Files - Part 1
05:13
Opening Raw Files - Part 2
08:38
07:07

Basic, foundational tone adjustments.

10:11

How to create layers with masks in Tonality and Photoshop

05:44

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

14:45

Getting your image to sing.

Examples
10:16
16:34

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

07:47

'Master' layers and file preparation.

1 page

Links for ordering prints

The Creative Process - Section Quiz
5 questions

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Instructor Biography

Jim Love, 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.

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