Black and White Artistry Extended Plus
Even after mastering the essential skills of this work, it’s common to plateau and feel as though you’re creating the same thing over and over again. Eventually, you come face to face with the realization that the world of black and white photography is a world of subtlety and suggestion. You already knew that in your brain. But now you’re confronted by what that really means. It can be disorienting.
Far beyond the opening chords of basic black and white conversions lies an orchestral array of tonal variations, contrast relationships, and rich, deep gradations of light and shadow. Here, the senses are far more important than tools.
Black and White Artistry Extended Plus will guide you as you develop those senses.
This course will help you lean into your own sensibilities. You will learn to create, rather than imitate. You’ll make your own interpretations. You’ll create shape, depth, and light where there was none. Most importantly, you’ll do these things not as an exercise, or simply because you can. You’ll do them because the you can feel the photograph telling you what it needs. This unlocks the most important principles of great black and white work:
Simplicity. Elegance. Harmony.
This course is based around workflows. The ones chosen here are designed to demonstrate these principles in a practical way. By turning ordinary exposures into stunning works of art, you will learn that the most important photographs exist in your mind well before you push the shutter button.
You’ll also get a very intimate view of the creative process in action. During the webinar portion of the course, I had a revelation and developed a new idea for creating light. This changed the trajectory of the rest of the course. I shared it on the fly an early webinar because the demonstration of how ideas develop is just as important (sometime more important!) than the result. The last workflow in the course features a more fully developed demonstration.
NOTE: This course contains the workflows from Black and White Artistry, Extended Edition. They are intended as review. If you already have the Extended Edition, you can skip these and begin with the “Hubris” section of the course. Don’t worry, there is enough new material here to keep you busy for a very long time!
- Completion of Black & White Artistry and/or Advanced Black & White Artistry is recommended, but not essential.
- Adobe Photoshop or similar photo editing software. (The course is taught using Photoshop, but the principles apply regardless of the software you use.)
- Intermediate photo editing skills.
- Any pressure sensitive tablet – used for painting on masks. This is highly recommended. (brushes for Wacom tablets are provided)
- The Nik Collection by DXO (this is helpful, but not essential)