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Dramatic Black & White Architecture


Dramatic Black & White Architecture


Class Description


  • Transform dull captures into dramatic results.
  • Tint B&W images using color grading.
  • Lead the eye through your images.
  • Combine multiple exposures to extend dynamic range.
  • Avoid and correct common issues.


Are you looking to produce more dramatic images of architecture? Do you want to learn the shooting mindset that produces exceptional images? Do your images have undesirable distortion or have difficulty keeping vertical lines from converging? Then this class is for you!

Ben has been producing dramatic architectural images for more than 30 years. He has explored more than 80 countries in the process. He has also been pushing Photoshop to its limits for as long as the program has been available to the public.

You’ll learn how to compose, capture, process, and customize architectural images and produce dramatic results once you’ve finished this class.


  • People who love architecture and would like to capture more dramatic images.
  • Those who want to influence how someone’s eye moves across an image.
  • People who need to upgrade their digital skills to have more control over their results.


Adobe Photoshop 2021 (V22.5.0)


  1. Shooting Technique

    Learn the unique techniques that produce dramatic architectural compositions. Also learn to incorporate the sun as an element while controlling how it is rendered and avoiding undesirable lens flare and contrast issues.

  2. Processing in ACR

    See what’s needed to transform a dull capture into a dramatic result using Adobe Camera Raw (the same controls are also available in Adobe Lightroom). Learn to control which areas are reproduced as solid black or white and how to emphasize texture in surfaces.

  3. Color Grading

    Add a hint of color to your black & white images to give them a warm or cool tone.

  4. Lens Corrections

    Learn how to straighten converging vertical lines and eliminate distortion caused by the optics of your lens.

  5. Selective Adjustments in ACR

    See how you can isolate areas and refine your results with selective adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw. This can help you to influence where the viewer’s eye is attracted and help them to ignore what were previously distracting elements.

  6. High Dynamic Range

    Dramatic lighting conditions usually limit the brightness range where detail can be captured. By bracketing your exposures and then combining them into a single image you can extend the brightness range where detail is rendered.

  7. Masking Two Develop Settings in PS

    Learn to completely transform the appearance of images that are captured on overcast days. You’ll see how adding light and shadow in Photoshop can make all the difference.


Tom Hackett

Thanks for stressing the position of the photographer (perspective) rather than the focal length of the lens.