The Essentials of Black and White Image Editing

When we think of fine art black and white photography we often think of Ansel Adams or Michael Kenna with their expressive photographs oozing with tonality. There is something timeless about a beautifully created black and white image, and black and white photography has certainly experienced a renaissance over previous years. Virtually all of the photographers we meet have wanted, at some stage, to make great monochrome images and this is why we have designed this workshop.  There are so many ways to approach black and white that it has almost become confusing wondering where to begin.

In this workshop we break the journey down into individual steps that are easy to follow and they will enable you to transform your black and white Images.

This two-week interactive online course is tailored to help you wherever you live and has been carefully designed to make you more confident in understanding and using the basic tools of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop in creating beautiful black and white images. Using a combination of videos, online group sessions and teaching materials, we will be here to help you. Topics covered in detail are;

•    Converting colours into subtle greys
•    Reading the histogram
•    Managing shadows and highlights
•    Using tone curves
•    Understanding and applying Clarity, Dehaze and Texture
•    Sharpening and Grain
•    Mastering the Adjustment Brush
•    Toning for Black and White 


You will be provided with a number of videos and other learning material to follow at your own pace and in your own time.  The amount of time that you need to dedicate to this will down to personal preference.
The course will commence with an hour and half long group online discussion where we will set out the plan for the coming weeks and provide you with the learning materials. We will hold mid-course an hour and a half online group session to talk about progress and any possible issues with using your new skills. We will also be on hand to show you live how to deal with these issues.  During the second week you will have a one hour 1 to 1 video conference with one of the leaders to review and discuss some of your images. At the end of the workshop we will once again hold an hour long online group meeting to see how everybody has progressed and to share any difficulties encountered.    Sessions will be recorded and shared with the group as additional reference material.

Online Course

DateTue 2nd Mar - Mon 15th Mar 2021

TutorPaul Gallagher

and Michael Pilkington


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You will be provided with a series of videos and other teaching materials to follow. This material will be available to you for at least 6 months so you can continue to study and reference it well after the online course is finished. During the workshop there will be three one hour group sessions with the workshop leaders to discuss progress, problems and have demonstrations. In addition you will have a one hour 1 to 1 each week of the workshop (so two in total). All video sessions will be recorded and sent to you. Access to a closed online forum.


You will need a recent version of Photoshop CC. The purchase of a licence is not included. You will need to download and install the ZOOM video conferencing app - this should be free of charge to you.

The Essentials of Black and White Image Editing