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Digital Black & White: Vision and Craft Weekend Workshop

Monochromatic imagery is deeply tied to the history of photography, and indeed some people only recognize photography as art if it is in black and white. However, in today's digital photography world, digital sensors “see” the world in color by capturing RGB data—even if the resulting exposure is converted in the camera or computer to monochrome.

This paradox gives rise to a new way of approaching black and white photography. How do we see monochromatically in a post-film world? What kinds of imagery work best in digital black and white? How should you prepare for photography if you know your work will be presented monochromatically?

This hands-on workshop will examine the craft and vision of digital monochrome in the context of each participant's own work. Field sessions will teach participants how to best see the world monochromatically. We will explore the craft of shooting for black and white in a world-class location that has undeniable associations with the history of black and white photography.

Classroom sessions will demystify the monochromatic conversion workflow, and explain monochromatic conversion techniques including in-camera conversion, RAW conversion, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop adjustments, the “Ansel Adams” effect using Photoshop's Channel Mixer, and Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

An optional night photo shoot on the Big Sur Coast is included. Price, including lunch: Members: $350. Non-Members: $400. Workshop is limited to 16 participants. For more details, please visit the Center for Photographic Art website.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot sign-up for this event here! You must sign up using the Center for Photographic Art website.

About the Instructor: Master photographer Harold Davis is the author of Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), which has been the number one selling black and white photography book on Amazon for more than a year. He is the author of many other bestselling photography books, including Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley) and The Photoshop Darkroom series from Focal Press. Harold is a contributing author at, and writes the popular Photoblog 2.0. Harold's workshops and presentations are highly acclaimed, with many of his workshops selling out quickly.

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    A former member

    Fantastic weekend workshop with excellent classroom instruction and wonderful field locations. Harold is the sort of instructor who encourages questions and is willing to repeat instruction to allow participants of all levels to be on the same page. He is also flexible in his agenda to allow deviations based on the interests of the participants. I highly recommend this workshop or any taught by Harold (this is my second).

    October 17, 2011

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