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Fine Art Black and White Masterclass

Each masterclass is a combination of teaching camera craft and visualization in the field and image assessments and post processing in a classroom setting.

Black and White forms is the very foun­da­tion of the art of pho­tog­ra­phy and this Mas­ter­class delves into this time­less genre. Aspects of Expres­sion have cre­at­ed this work­shop to show you every aspect in the art of mak­ing beau­ti­ful­ly craft­ed mono­chrome images and prints.

Many pho­tog­ra­phers that have ven­tured out into the land­scape have at some time and tak­en a shot that they want­ed to turn into a black and white image. It is true to say that black and white pho­tog­ra­phy is the very foun­da­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy, and at some stage we have all seen the work of mas­ters like Ansel Adams, and the more con­tem­po­rary, Michael Ken­na. Black and white is often seen as an art form and reg­u­lar­ly referred to as time­less and we could not agree more. When we remove the colour from the pho­to­graph­ic equa­tion, we have far more free­dom of expres­sion and we can choose whether to make the image high key or dark and moody, almost regard­less of what the con­di­tions where when we were out there with our cam­eras. Black and white land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is not as sim­ple as it may appear, and it is cer­tain­ly not a case of con­vert­ing a raw file into black and white at the begin­ning of the pro­cess­ing stages.

There are many things to con­sid­er through­out the jour­ney of black and white land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy and this mas­ter­class aims to cov­er as many of them as pos­si­ble. Begin­ning with field craft and pre-visu­al­i­sa­tion’, you will be shown the sub­jects that make per­fect black and white pho­tographs and the tech­niques in com­po­si­tion and cam­era tech­nique that give you the dig­i­tal files need­ed. We will help you under­stand how to see’ in black and white and try to under­stand, whilst still in the land­scape, what you may need to do when back at your com­put­er to bring your pre-visu­al­i­sa­tion to life.

We also believe that a raw cam­era file is only the begin­ning of the jour­ney of a black and white image, and for this rea­son we will ded­i­cate time to shar­ing the dif­fer­ent tech­niques on how to con­vert your image file to black and white, how to tease out the tones you want , and how to cre­ate that look’ that can eas­i­ly be lost whilst try­ing to process files. This is an in-depth sub­ject, but one that pre­vi­ous clients have found fas­ci­nat­ing which opened up a whole new direc­tion in their work.

"To gain a grasp of black and white, is to understand the very principles of photography"

This is a work­shop that will involve both time out in amaz­ing loca­tions hand picked by us and also time back at our base look­ing at what you have pho­tographed and mak­ing exhi­bi­tion qual­i­ty prints of your work. Each per­son on this work­shop will go home with a fin­ished print from their time with us! This is a mas­ter­class and for this rea­son the groups will be lim­it­ed to four pho­tog­ra­phers only so plen­ty of one to one time can be spent with every­body. If you want to learn from mas­ters in this field and learn every aspect in the clas­sic genre of black and white land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, then this work­shop is for you.

3 days

A maximum of 4 photographers

The price includes extensive one to one coaching and tuition, a combination of teaching camera craft and visualization in the field and image assessments and post processing in a classroom setting, two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a high quality hotel (no single occupancy supplement) and transportation during the workshop.

We take a printer to the workshop and will post process and print some of your images to take home with you.

Camera and travel insurance as well as travel to and from the venue are also not included. Meals not mentioned. Alcoholic drinks and other personal expenditure is not covered either.

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Fine Art Black and White Masterclass