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

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).

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  • Craig M.

    Probably the best, most clearly explained workshop material I've ever been exposed to. Very fun as well and with a great lunch thrown in for good measure.

    March 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent program, terrrific teaching by both Versace adn Davis. The teaching styles of the two experts indeed compliment one and another. While the program had a solid structure, the instructors, having such vast knowledge and experience, shared their philosophy, methodologies and some hard core photograpjy principles. I enjoyed the program thoroughly.

    March 12, 2012

  • Tanya S.

    A very inspiring, advanced and highly technical workshop. I learned an enormous amount and was introduced to some interesting new approaches. I left inspired and full of excitement to create more BW photography. Shame there wasn't more hands-on, how-to time. We did take some pictures but never did anything with them; my laptop wasn't used. Maybe a two-day session would have been better for all that this day wanted to achieve. And in hind-sight, some hand-outs of the conversion process in photoshop would have been very useful to follow along with. (As it is I'm using my sketchy notes and forgetting much.) Regardless, I really enjoyed the day, thank you to Harold, Vincent and Phyllis for putting on such a wonderful (and delicious!) day!

    March 11, 2012

  • Phyllis D.

    I really enjoyed seeing (and feeding!) the workshop group. Chocolate chippers were the clear winners for dessert, so I'll make more next time. (o: Thank you all for a great workshop!

    March 11, 2012

  • Mike W.

    Versace's presentation was a bit more technical than I anticipated. That didn't detract from my enjoyment of the presentation or being able to follow what was demonstrated. I have participated in other workshops with Davis and he was his usual accepting, fully-present, and gracious self. A one-day workshop isn't the best venue for this type of activity, but it certainly whetted my appetite for more. The food and refreshments provided were absolutely top-notch. I don't believe I've ever been fed so well at a workshop.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very disappointing workshop. It tried to cover too much and ended up not providing much. This was highly technical and material was covered too quickly to understand a lot of it. There were no handouts which would have been helpful. Organization of time was terrible. We brought cameras and tripods and it doesn't seem we needed them. I might as well not taken time to put together a portfolio as it wasn't reviewed. Vincent is brilliant but he was all over the place in what he presented. He obviously likes teaching and sharing his knowledge but just doesn't manage time well.

    March 11, 2012

  • Graham B.

    Excellent day with a fun and knowable group! Great input on B&W conversion and printing.

    March 11, 2012

  • Mike W.

    As a newcomer to B&W photography I found the discussion and presentation of the art, sciences, practices and results of B&W fascinating. As a relative newcomer to digital photography I sometimes felt that I was in at the deep end so for me personally it was a steep learning curve and huge learning experience with the added benefit that while I now know a lot more about the importance of composition, framing, contrast, color, and the need to “solve the problem at the point of capture” as a necessary building block for B&W images, I also now know what I don’t know and where to go to learn what I need to learn. Vincent and Harold did a terrific job of integrating their somewhat different approaches to this art form and I appreciated the fact they both brought a lot of examples of their work. Listening to the “masters” tell the story behind the image and describe what went into each piece was a very cool experience.

    March 11, 2012

  • Jan

    This was a good workshop. Perhaps a little too much material for the time allotted. Friendly, comfortable, relaxed patter. Good demos, and interesting. Not enough time to review portfolios, however.

    March 11, 2012

  • Gary W.

    Both instructors are Masters of B&W! The class was excellent.

    March 11, 2012

  • Harold D.

    Great to be with Vincent and all the fIne B&W and BBQ!

    March 10, 2012

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