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A Modern Black and White Photography Post-Processing Workflow

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Class Introduction


A Modern Black and White Photography Post-Processing Workflow

Lesson 1 of 6

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

really excited. Talk to you guys about black and white. This is This is the course of the subject that I've taught on the longest. As with anything, it changes constantly. Software changes, technology changes. The industry has changed. So I really wanted to modernized this course. And luckily we have a lot of time to stretch our legs. The editing portion is faster and easier and more flexible than it's ever been. That part has grown dramatically easier. In fact, everything that we do enjoys a natively nondestructive workflow. So going from black and white back to color or vice versa, that's not a problem, just to sort of look back to when I many, many years ago, a Z I mentioned before. I've been in Adobe a really long time, about 17 years and just over a decade ago is Light. Room was first coming out. I wrote a book about black and white using photo shop in light room, and back then Photoshopped did almost all of the heavy lifting and overtime light room has done more and more of it, b...

ut other things have changed to the software used to be these individual islands thes perpetual releases that we would ship in boxes, that we would put everything we could into, and then we would release them and then we'd have to wait to get updates. Well, now we can constantly get updates, and our APS are all connected. Light room has grown considerably in its power and its reach, so things have really, really changed. And they've changed on the capture side to because not only can I use my traditional camera and my legacy files, but increasingly, I can use mobile devices as well. So we're going to cover a lot of ground. We're going to start on the desktop, we're going to start in light room, and then we're going to talk about the modern ways of sharing that information. I want to challenge the idea that fine are black and white photography. Sirius black and white editing can't be done be on the desktop because it absolutely can't. So we're gonna cover a lot of ground the place that I want to start, though, and part of being able to edit less means that we can talk about the process a little more

Class Description

Are you exploring the world of black and white photography and wondering how to best handle the workflow and processing? Join Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Adobe Photoshop Hall of Famer, as he shows you how to begin thinking in black and white. You’ll learn: 

  • The importance of raw 
  • End-to-end processing in Adobe Lightroom CC 
  • Localized editing in Adobe Photoshop CC 
Bryan will also explain how you can use Adobe Portfolio to display your creative work. By the end of this class, you’ll have a good understanding of how you can use black and white photography to add to your existing color images.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.2 - 2015.3  


creativelive student

He is a great teacher, but I resent the confusion over the wonders of producing and sharing photos and videos with apps and mobile devices, vs. producing fine art or high quality specialized portrait or landscape or wildlife, etc. Standards have not gone down just because so many people have great access to producing good things. Great literature is still great literature, no matter how many people write good things. Same is true for the visual arts. Short cutting the methods that produce great work, including producing great black and white and great prints, doesn't produce greatness. I love his idea, I follow them, but that is no reason to negate the traditional greatness that still has no shortcuts.

JIll C.

Bryan lays out a comprehensive, yet efficient approach to converting images to black and white and included many examples in this course. It's more than just clicking the "black and white" buttons in Lightroom or Photoshop. I especially like the suggestion to make Presets of the various B&W conversions I've used so they can easily be applied during import. Bryan also covered very quickly various other very useful and fun Adobe products including Adobe Spark Post and Portfolio, and I even made a Spark Post during class and posted it to my facebook page. Lots of interesting content in this class, which I'm definitely going to watch again!

Margaret Lovell

I wanted to learn more about creating a black and white workflow. I'm just starting out, and so far, my attempts have been fine. I want to get better at it. Bryan's course made the whole process seem easy and didn't rely on cheap outs in creating them. I learned how to better use Lightroom when it comes to creating black and white photos.

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