Mastering Digital Black and White - Winter 2023

Mastering Digital Black and White - Winter 2023

Regular price $128.25


Daniel Gregory
DAY / TIME Wednesday 6-9pm | January 11 - March 15, 2023
TUITION $825 + $30 Materials Fee | Payment & Refund Policy
FORMAT In-person, enrollment is limited to 12 students; review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols for information about requirements for students, faculty, and staff who will be onsite at PCNW.
LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced
PREREQS Photography II: Digital or Photoshop Basics
CREDITS 3 – Fulfills Elective requirement for Certificate Program

There is something magical about working in black and white, and the digital darkroom offers many options. In this class, we will focus on the various aspects of digital capture, editing, and printing to make the best black-and-white images possible. We will touch on many parts of the black-and-white workflow, including settings in the camera, tools to convert to black and white, editing and thinking in black and finally, concepts for creating a fine-art print. We will also survey some of the current photographers working in digital black and white.

Students will also create a digital negative to produce an analog print in the traditional darkroom during the class. All the necessary instructions for using the analog darkroom for this assignment will be provided during the class.

As a part of the editing process, you will learn several techniques in Lightroom/Camera RAW, Photoshop, and some third-party tools (the third-party tools will be optional and 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 various techniques and methods that can be applied to the digital file to make the conversion successful.

Techniques will include:

  • Channel mixing
  • Channel blending
  • Hue/saturation painting
  • Lab techniques
  • Calculations
  • 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
  • Making digital negatives


  • Students must have proficient working knowledge of basic digital image editing through Adobe Photoshop to join this class, as covered in our Photoshop Basics or Photography II: Digital courses.
  • Students should expect to spend a several hours per week on assignments for this course, which may require use of PCNW facilities; view our Rental Rates for details about additional fees.
  • The Materials Fee for the course includes a digital print allotment for in-class and outside of class printing, the details of which will be shared on the first day. Other supplies, rental, and printing fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional information about course expectations and required materials will be provided by the instructor at the start of the quarter.


Image © Daniel Gregory

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