Black and White Fine Art Photography Course

Various photos of London in March 2012This November, I will be teaching a new course at the Picture Perfect School of Photography.

Have you ever found yourself spell bound by an ethereal black and white photograph –something about it capturing your attention and compelling you to look longer, to experience it fuller? Did you know exactly how the image made you feel because it spoke clearly to you through an emotion or meaning that you could identify? Or did you feel an unconscious connection drawing you deeper into the frame, something familiar but without a name? We have likely all had these emotional reactions to such photos in our past, but have you ever questioned what the process is to create this type of image? What elements come together to make powerful black and white photographs? What techniques are required to translate emotional meaning into visual art?

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Starting Out 
What is Fine Art Photography?
Finding and expressing your vision
Why Black and White?

Lesson 2: Controlling Essential Elements 
Composition Design Elements
Manipulating Exposure
Time of Day
Using filters

 Lesson 3: Seeing in Black and White 
What elements will translate?
Using color (yes color) to see in Black and White
The importance of tones

Lesson 4: Post Processing / Developing 
Adobe Camera Raw

Course Requirements:

This course is for all photographers who have a desire to capture beauty and create art. In addition, you must have an understanding of exposure (Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO) and be familiar with your camera. Some knowledge of Photoshop CC, CS6 or Photoshop Elements is required for the last lesson on post processing/developing.

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