Join international award-winning photographer Jim Welninski and learn how to produce Black and White prints that command attention
Why are we so attracted to Black and White photography? It’s because photographs without color don’t have a direct connection to the real world. They force us into our imagination, where we have to make interpretations what we see by relying on emotion, analogy, and metaphor. It allows the photographer to take a step back from reality and work from an inner place. Great black and white photographs have the ability to transport us into another state of mind.
In this course, you’ll develop all the skills you need to make your own great black and white work. But there’s more to this type of work than simply doing great black and white conversions. No simple “push-button” solutions here. You’ll be creating your work by hand and along the way, you’ll learn how to uncover your own artistic vision and use the unique strengths of the black and white photograph to bring that vision to life. Black and white photography offers you the opportunity to take a step back from the world you see and create the world you imagine by taking a journey inward, shining a mirror on yourself, and reflecting what you see and feel back into the world through your work.
Some of the topics covered in this class include: -Understanding the unique ability of black and white photography to create mood and emotion
-Developing your own artistic vision
-Previsualization of the final image
-Several methods of advanced dodging and burning
-Controlling light distribution to create depth and mood
-Relighting a scene and creating light where none existed
-Blending exposures by hand
-Advanced finishing techniques
-Creating a print to present your vision to others.
-Printing will be required in this class.
This class will require you to dedicate time to work between classes. A basic working knowledge of both Lightroom and Photoshop is required, including a working understanding of layers, layer masks, and the various tools in the toolbox. While they are not prerequisites, if you have already taken Photoshop I and Photoshop II, you are prepared for this class. You will learn all the other skills you need to succeed. By the end of this course, you will have a finished piece of fine art B&W photography.
For more about Jim’s work, please visit his website: http://www.alteredspacephoto.com/