Date: TBA

Time: evenings, 7-9pm

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Digital Black and White Photography is a six session (bi-weekly) course that explores the potential of monochrome images. In the digital age, a beautiful black and white photograph can be so much more than a color image converted to grayscale with a mouse-click or camera switch. A black and white photograph can begin before you press the shutter; to make the strongest photographs in black and white, you must change your perception and learn to see light and shadow.

Each class is accompanied by full colour notes and written homework assignments.

There are many reasons to create black and white photographs, but perhaps the best is because of the lessons it can teach about seeing. As black and white images tend to rely upon line, shape and form, these elements become central to your creative vision over this course, a skill which can easily be applied to any photographic process or project.


TOPICS explored

  • seeing in black and white

  • developing black and white basics

  • high key, low key & chiaroscuro styles

  • B&W post prodction (basic & advanced)

  • the power of processing descisions

Class Size: four to eight students


Course Expectations: Students are to print 8"x12" prints (2-4 per class to a total of 12 prints over the course) for homework assignments.There is also a 6-print (minimum) project due the last class.


Location: ViewPoint Gallery, 1475 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Halifax, NS


Fee: $320 + HST


Requirements: Students must have previous photography experience, and be familiar with working in control modes (Program, Aperture, Shutter or Manual). Photo 101 is recommended. Students must have a digital camera (compact, mirrorless or SLR); a tripod is recommended, as are additional lenses, remote/cable releases, filters etc., all of which can enhance the enjoyment and possibilities of the course.


A working knowledge of computers and either Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® or Adobe® Photoshop® is required (the course assumes comfort with the skills presented in Illuminating Lightroom course - it is especially important to be comfortable with local adjustments in Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® or adjustment layers and masking in Adobe® Photoshop®).


The class will be presented using a PC computer running Windows 10 and Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic). Owning a copy of Photoshop or Lightroom software is recommended. While the program is presented on a PC platform, it can be completed by students using MAC computers using equivalent software.

Feedback from students:


Just a short note to thank you again for putting on such a great course.  Your classes push me way out of my comfort zone, I am not a right brained person.  I really like that.  The critiques at the beginning of each class drove me to try harder, and they kept me up late at night trying to make the suggested changes.  That's kinda cool too.


I found B&W photography to be surprisingly enlightening.  It compelled me to put together many of the skills that I've learned from you over the years, particularly LR and PS, and it helped me to see the subject instead of the adjectives (love that line).

      - Mike P


This was quite good for learning the essential components for making decent black and white photo conversions. Presenting different B&W photographers by students was interesting. I enjoyed that part too. 

        - Krista M


It was great and much fun. I would certainly join a part 2. It has certainly started to make me look in black and white. 

              - James T


I enjoyed the first two lessons the best. It made me focus on the essential elements of making decent photos to begin with- trying to ensure a good highlight, good black, and decent tone throughout as well as paying particular attention to line, shape, and form.

                - Mary L