Digital Black & White: From Capture to Fine Print - Fall 2020
- REGISTRATION CLOSED -
|DAY / TIME||Wednesday 6-9pm (Pacific Time) | September 23 - December 2, 2020*|
|*No class on Wednesday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break|
|TUITION||$825 | Payment & Refund Policy|
|FORMAT||Online; this will be hosted as a live, interactive online course utilizing the Zoom platform along with Google Drive for sharing files.|
|PREREQS||Photoshop Basics (formerly Digital Imaging I: Photoshop Fundamentals)|
|CREDITS||3 – Fulfills Elective requirement for Certificate Program|
There is something magical about working in black and white, and the digital darkroom offers us so many options. In this course, we focus on the art and craft of a digital black and white world. We will touch on many aspects of the black and white workflow from settings and thinking in black and white behind the camera through creating a fine-art print. We will also survey some of the current photographers working in digital black and white.
This online class (most sessions will be recorded so you can watch again) will begin with an overview of black and white, differences between digital and film, and how to approach working in black and white behind the camera. The opportunity of working online offers flexibility in our approach to the class through assignments and weekly exercises; each week will focus only on a few tools, techniques, or output methods to make the best black and white images and prints possible. Learning some of the fundamental black and white conversions do’s and don’ts and how to blend these options is critical to ensuring that you have what you need to make a successful image. We will be learning several techniques in Lightroom/Camera RAW, Photoshop, and some third-party tools. While the third-party tools will be optional (all available on a trial basis). You will need to be familiar with Photoshop and be able to create basic masks, multiple layers, and perform basic editing of an image.
Rather than focusing on a single specific step-by-step process, we will examine the variety of techniques and methods that can be applied to the digital file to make the conversion a success.
We will be working with:
- Channel mixing
- Channel blending
- Hue/saturation painting
- Lab techniques
- Blend modes
- Masking and luminosity techniques
- Soft proofing
- 3rd-party tool integrations
- Sharpening and grain effects
- Toning images in Photoshop
- Smart objects and smart object workflows
- Printing settings
- QuadTone RIPs for Epson printers
- Papers for black and white
Although the class is online, we will discuss printing and paper selections and output for other media types. There will also be one or two classes focused on creating images in the field. For this week, the choice will be an optional location-based field trip, or there will be specific shooting assignments you will complete on your own at a location of your choosing. The shooting weeks are to make sure you have time to create some images for editing and viewing. The final class will be an online critique, based, in part, on images you create during the quarter.
Image © Daniel Gregory