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Full Day B&W Workshop with Vincent Versace and Harold Davis: B&W Master Class

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Price: $395.00 /per person

MIG Meeting Place

800 Hearst Avenue · Berkeley, CA

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We'll be the ones happily creating world-class monochromatic digital imagery and eating BBQ!

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Digital Black & White Master Class:

Full Day Workshop with Vincent Versace & Harold Davis

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from two of the masters of contemporary monochromatic photography.

Vincent Versace is the author of From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Man ( and Harold Davis is the author of Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (in addition to other bestselling books from both master photographers).

Topics covered in this workshop will include:

The monochromatic vision: learning to see the world in black & white The craft of digital black & white Digital black & white workflow Monochromatic conversion in Lightroom Nik Silver Efex 2 Working in Photoshop to perfect your black & white images Monochromatic HDR Tips & techniques from both Harold Davis and Vincent Versace Making fine black & white prints Making fine black & white prints with Perfect Resize 7 by onOne Software In addition, there will be time for individual portfolio reviews (plan to bring no more than six black & white prints or six images in JPEG format on a USB drive).

Workshop fee includes a finger-licking BBQ lunch from Everett & Jones ( Vegetarian dishes and salads will also be served. Some of the Vegan dishes will include lentil salad with walnuts, baked sesame tofu, and an avocado wasabi salad. We've also had a request for cornbread, so we'll have that, too!

Who is this workshop for?

If you are interested in black & white photography and would like to take your work to the next level this is a rare opportunity to perfect your technique and be inspired by two legendary photographers and teachers! This workshop is primarily intended for serious amateurs and professionals who already have some experience with digital black & white photography.

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday March 10, 2012, 9:30AM

Tuition: The cost of the workshop is $395 including BBQ lunch. Workshop limited to 25 participants.

What to bring: Your camera, tripod (if you have one), six black & white images (prints or JPEGs), a laptop loaded with Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex if you want to follow along with the presentations (free trial versions of software are available for download).

9:30AM - Workshop orientation

10:00 - Monochromatic vision

11:00 - Seeing in black & white: photography exercise

11:30 - Portfolio review and feedback (first session)

12:00 - Lunch break (lunch provided by E&J BBQ)

1:00PM - Digital workflow for b&w

1:30 - Monochromatic conversion techniques

2:30 - Advanced conversion tips

3:30 - Monochromatic HDR (Davis)

4:00 - Printing Black & White (Versace)

4:30 - Portfolio review and feedback (second session)

5:00 - Review, wrap-up and Q&A

About Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts and Entertainment, the Shellenberg fine art award, a four-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and is the author of the best selling book Welcome to Oz, the first edition of which was chosen as Shutterbug magazine's best how to book of the year. Versace is a member of the Epson Stylus Pros, a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, an Xrite Colorotti, Lexar Elite Photographer, and an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek and Master Class instructor.

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary photographers.

He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis ( (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations ( (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing ( (Focal Press).

Harold is the author of the Creative Photography series from Wiley Publishing.

“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library”—Daniel Fealko, PhotoFidelity.

The Creative titles include: Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley). He's also written a book on the fundamentals of exposure, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers ( (O'Reilly Media).