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Capture and Edit Classic Black & White Portraits

with Jared Platt

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    03:24

Class duration: 2h 36m

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About The Class

Learn to see in Black & white and create amazing images

Black and White portraits are not simply photographs without color. Making a great black and white portrait requires a completely different mindset and a different set of techniques. Jared Platt will walk you through the process of creating beautiful, classic black and white portraits. From shoot through post-processing, you will learn every step of the process: lighting, camera settings, exposure, editing, retouching, and printing. 

You'll learn:
  • How to see in Black & White for a portrait shoot
  • Reading exposures -Lighting for Contrast
  • Classic Black and White Style 
  • Basic Black and White Adjustments in Post 
  • Getting More Out of Your Black and White Image 
  • Going Dark Room Crazy in a Lightroom World
  • Printing in Black and White



Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:24
  2. 02

    Set Up Your Black & White Portrait

    08:35
  3. 03

    Create & Augment Light

    08:31
  4. 04

    Backlight Your Model

    08:42
  5. 05

    Light for Contrast

    13:10
  6. 06

    Portrait - Male Model

    16:17
  7. 07

    Portrait - Female Model

    06:31
  8. 08

    Shoot In Black and White Q&A

    09:01
  9. 09

    Import Your Black & White Images

    15:29
  10. 10

    Playing With Temperature & Tint

    10:53
  11. 11

    Adjusting Tones

    09:10
  12. 12

    Lightroom Finishing Touches

    08:33
  13. 13

    Skin Softening, Dodging & Burning

    16:22
  14. 14

    Printing in Black & White

    12:17
  15. 15

    Adjustments & Printing Q & A

    09:35

Meet Your Expert

Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional ... read more

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  • rorofot

    January 2018

    This course is a good overview and I love the way Jared teaches. But the course mixes basic lightroom handling with intermediate portrait photography and really expensive gear. Which person, that doesn't know the basic importing and editing in lightroom, has three studiolights from profoto with grid or a calibrating system for the inkjet printer?? And be aware, it's only about LR-editing and nothing about photoshop. But over all it's a good overview for beginners - alas not for intermediate users.

  • TIm Smith

    May 2017

    I usually don't write reviews, but thought Jared did a great job presenting the material. Clear, concise and didn't talk excessively fast. Material was well organized and reasons were given for why something was done a certain way. The fill lighting technique was something different and plan on using. The discussion on tones, textures, clothing and background were also helpful when discussing black and white.

  • Amy Vaughn

    Amy Vaughn

    May 2017

    I haven't shot much with the intention of turning the photos black and white, but this class piqued my interest in trying it. This class isn't just about how to turn any photograph black and white, but how to think about the photo as you're shooting for black and white. I especially appreciated Jared's explanations about the importance of texture, creating drama and carefully targeting lights.

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