It’s All About Tones: Black and White Landscapes

  • Brian Zwit

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Beacon Hall - Room 2
  • Audience: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Price: $30
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In the early days of photography, it was black and white or nothing at all. So, many of the iconic landscape photographs are black and white. Timothy O’Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, Ansel Adams, Edwards Weston, and Robert Adams worked exclusively (or almost exclusively) in black and white. Today, however, we have a choice. We can shoot in color and convert to black and white in the digital darkroom.

Regardless of genre, black and white photography is about the basic building blocks of any photograph: tones, lines, textures, shapes, and forms. A good black and white landscape image reveals the hidden depth and majesty of the landscape and removes the distraction of color. During this session, we will explore:

How to pick a subject for black and white photography…
◦ Deciding to convert to black and white
◦ Understanding tonal variations in the field
◦ Choosing and arranging the elements to make a good black and white landscape image

How to take a black and white image in the field…
◦ Setting up your camera for black and white
◦ Choosing the best times for black and white photography
◦ Using shapes and forms to make a great black and white landscape

How to convert from color to black and white…
◦ Converting images to black and white in Lightroom and Photoshop
◦ Using plugins to convert to black and white
◦ Getting a good, neutral black and white print