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The Art of Black & White photography Yesterday and Today

How to create gorgeous B&W photographies based on the works of the master, Ansel Adams (1902) & how to apply it today.
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Created by Serge Ramelli
Last updated 10/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Better understand Black & White techniques
Understanding the methodology of Ansel Adams
Understanding Ansel Adams Zone System
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  • Lightroom

In this course we will understand how to apply the methodology of Ansel Adams to the modern tools we use in creating beautiful White & Black photographies. We will cover his zone system, we will prepare negatives, we will understand the concept of dodge & burn and retouching a photo of the Alps - an homage to Ansel Adams.

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers that like Black & White photography
  • Photographers that have interest in the Zone System
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 01:10:49
Ansel Adams
1 Lecture 16:01

In this first video we are going to have an overview of Ansel Adams workflow and how to develop and work black and white photos. I will try to explain his Zone System with simple concepts. Understanding the past will help us see how to apply this is today's tools like Lightroom.

Preview 16:01
Preparing Negatives
1 Lecture 08:58

In the second video we will start preparing the global development of the photo, and it's basic black and white conversion.

Global development of the photo
Dodge & Burn
5 Lectures 30:12

We are going to see the concept of dodge and burn, where this technique comes from and how to replicate these treatments using brushes in Lightroom.

Dodge & Burn introduction

In this video we are going to keep on doing the dodge and burn starting with the closest to the camera elements.

Dodging & burning closest to the camera elements

In this video we are going to continue with dodge and burning elements going further and further in the photo.

Dodging & burning going further and further in the photo

In this video we are going to finish the dodge and burn of the elements which are further away from us giving depth to the photo.

dodging & burning further away giving depth to the photo

Now we are going to retouch the sky and see how to bring drama to the clouds.

Dodging & burning retouching the sky to see how to bring drama to the clouds
Sky & Completion
1 Lecture 05:20

Here we have the final touch's to complete this image of the Alps, an homage to Ansel Adams.

Completion of the photo of the Alps
1 Lecture 10:18

In this final video we are going to do a full retouch from beginning to end of this photo in Venice, Italy.

Full retouch of photo of Venice
About the Instructor
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Serge Ramelli is one of the most popular on line teachers on Lightroom and Photoshop. He is the second best author on Tuto (the biggest e-learning platform in France) and hosts one of the most popular podcast on Lightroom with over 150 000 subscribers all over the world.

Serge is known for teaching in a very easy way with lot's of beautiful photos. He has been a professional landscape and interior design photographer for over 9 years and has worked for big brands including Samsung, Nike and National Geographics.

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