Black and White Photography: Learning Grayscale Conversion


Black and White Photography: Learning Grayscale Conversion


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

We are very, very, very happy to have on this channel in this class, mr vincent versus sochi here to teach black and white conversion are black and white photography, learning gray scale conversion. This is something that a lot of people are really interested in and it's a very technical subject, and I'm happy to have mr for sochi here to teach it now he is an amazing photographer. He does a lot of black and white work and is the author of from oz to kansas, every black and white conversion known to man almost every we are very excited to have him here hey is also a nikon ambassador, a smithsonian award winner, and he is really, really knowledgeable on the subject. This is going to be a class that is an advanced class, so we're going to expect that you have a basic knowledge of photo shop and how to work in that program, as that is what we're going to use to learn. Vincent, take it away. I'm going to read this quote to you, um, it's from ansel adams. So if we're going to talk about bla...

ck and white, it would be appropriate to start off with angela adams, one of the founders of the zone system, considered by many to be basically when the end all be all to black and white photography was a film photographer and he said in the last book of the print before he passed away the last revision I eagerly await new concepts and processes I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them so handle adams said that he wish he was alive so that he could be a digital photographer with that statement said um I am by proclivity and by training a large format black and white photographer I used to do a two bath system I had an archival dark room I had three different in larger is in it my father used accuse me of being a peeling paint trash can photographer by the fine art and I was his own system photographer and my basis in photography is film and it is specifically in black and white I took my first photograph when I was seven I sold my first photograph when I was nine that sounds more important than it is they sold it to a local newspaper for fifty bucks but it always it's impressive um so I get asked three questions and I'm going to answer all three of those questions first question that I get asked is did you see that color image in black and white next question I get is how come my black and whites don't look as good as your black and whites? And third, can you teach me how to see a color image in black and white? I will answer all three of those questions we go. One more quote that I think is on point. This is from alfred stieglitz. I do not object to retouching, dodging or accentuation, as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of the photographic technique. So you have two of the greatest names in black and white photography, basically telling you that one wishes they were digital, and the other one says, you want to fuck with an image, knock yourself out.

Class Description

High quality black and white images require careful handling – learn the best way to work on yours in  Black and White Photography: Learning Grayscale Conversion with Vincent Versace

When you convert your digital image from color to black and white, you destroy ⅔ of the data in the file. In this class, Vincent will explore the complete conversion process and show you how to protect what remains. You’ll learn how to preserve your image’s contrast, control the individual color channels, manage the hue and saturation layers, and how to print. 

Black and White Photography: Learning Grayscale Conversion with Vincent Versace will help you ensure that every black and white image you work on looks its absolute best.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015