Many of the most powerful, memorable and effective photographs are black and white images. With digital photography though, you can no longer take a great black and white photograph… but you can create one using the black and white photography techniques taught in this course. So if you’re confused about which black and white conversion techniques to use, unsure about how to adjust the tonal range and balance of your black and white photos using curves and masks, want to make more of your black and white portraits, and you want to learn how to tone your black and white images, this course is for you.
What Will You Learn?
You’re going to learn how to use a range of powerful, flexible and non-destructive black and white conversion techniques. You’re will learn which are the most useful and powerful, e.g. the Channel Mixer and Black and White tool, when to use one technique rather than another, and which techniques to avoid (and why).
You will learn how to evaluate the tonal range and tonal balance of an image, and then, how to make global and selective changes using adjustment layers, selections, masks and the Curves tool: four of the most powerful tools and techniques within Photoshop.
You will then learn how to use these tools and techniques to overcome some of the unique problems you’ll face when converting your portraits to black and white, including how to delineate your subject from the background, how to work with skin tones to maximise detail or smooth your subject’s skin, and how to enhance your subject’s eyes.
You will learn how to add unique and complex tones that will really bring your black and white images to life.
You are going to learn how to embed all of these tools and techniques into a flexible, powerful and repeatable workflow.
But this isn’t just a course about post-production and Photoshop: each video will also enable you to develop the skills and give you black and white photography tips you need to create not only technically optimal black and white photographs, but ones that are aesthetically striking too.
How Will You Learn?
This course has been carefully designed by David J. Nightingale, who is an internationally acclaimed, award winning photographer and instructor. The course consists of 22 online lessons, including 2 practical projects.
Get the knowledge you need from 6+ hours of cutting edge videos
Develop your skills by practicing from the exercises and projects
Get feedback and support from your dedicated tutor
Very thorough and detailed without being overwhelming - a perfect balance. - Tim P.
This course is really well done. It was easy to follow, engaging and informative. I now convert my images with confidence. - Tricia M.
I have always loved black and white photography but struggled to get the results I wanted. This course helped me identify what I was missing and correct my methods. I am one very happy camper now! - Paul C.
I had so much fun rediscovering black and white with this course. I now have a fresh approach to my photography and am loving it - thanks David! - Mel S.
David Nightingale is an internationally acclaimed, award winning photographer and instructor.
David, the photographer ...
David's photoblog, chromasia, is currently ranked as the 16th most influential UK blog and has received numerous nominations and awards. His corporate clients have included the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Arts Council in England, the DIFC in Dubai, the Van Volxem winery in Germany, and Sony, UK; and his images have been licensed for a variety of uses worldwide.
His work has been exhibited in London, Dubai, Bulgaria, and Florence.
David, the educator ...
After 15 years of teaching David resigned his position as a senior university lecturer to concentrate on photography, and for the last five years he has been the Creative Director of Chromasia Training Limited â a photographic and post-production training company, specialising in online photography and post-production training, one-to-one tuition, and the delivery of high-quality workshops and photo tours around the world.
David has been an instructor in Dubai at every major Gulf Photo Plus training event since 2007 and has also run classes at the Perfect Picture School of Photography in the USA. In October 2011 he presented a live three day Post-Production workshop for Creative Live in Seattle....
When does the course start?
Whenever you want! This course is provided online so you can start whenever you like. There is no rigid academic calendar.
How long do I have to complete the course?
Take as much time as you need! You have lifetime access to the course and there are no hard deadlines for completing the course from start to finish. You can pursue the course at a pace that is the right for you.
What if I don't like the course?
There is no risk for you! The course has been specifically designed to provide you the best experience. If for whatever reason you are not happy with our course, simply email us within 7 days of your enrollment and we will refund your money.
Do I have the right gear?
You will learn how to use Adobe CS3 or above. If you are unsure just ask us!