Digital Black & White Photography – (learn the Black and White techniques of the Masters)


Creating Museum quality Black & White (B&W) Images was once reserved for the Masters like Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Joseph Karsh. Now with digital cameras and photo editing software, creating Iconic Quality Black & White Images is achievable by all of us.


This class will Begin with the first photograph, B&W in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and the first Color slides created from black and white images by the physicist James Maxwell in 1862.


The highlights of the class will include, “How color effects Black and White images”, the various input devices you can use to create B&W images, use of filters and their impact on B&W photography, as well as Software and Post Production to further enhance your B&W images.


Brian will also explain how the time of day, direction of light, choosing your subject matter, exposure value and composition will influence your B&W images.


For anyone who wished they took a Black and White photography class in H.S., admires classic B&W photographs, or would like to create their own iconic images of their friends, family, or travels, this class will leave you with a better understanding of “how to” pre visualize and execute your B&W images like the Masters.


This is a Two-Part class. 

The first class will give you a broad foundation to begin the process of creating your own unique Black and White images. At the end of the first class, you will be given a homework assignment and you will have two weeks to complete the assignment and join your classmates virtually for a critique and discussion about the images you took.

Class 1- will feature a 2-hour lecture followed by 30 minutes

Class 2- will feature a 2-hour critique followed by 30 minutes of live Q&A with the instructor.

This class is recorded for attendees to watch for up to 7 days after the event.

Topics Include:

  • History of Black and White and Color Photography
  • Input capture devices; (scanners, DSLR/Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras(ICL), point & shoot cameras (P&S), and cell phones.
  • RGB and the Color Wheel and how Color influences black and white photography.  
  • Color Filters: (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange).
  • Density Filters: Neutral Density Filters (ND), Graduated Neutral Density Filters (GND).
  • Other Filters: Infrared (IR), Sepia, and Graduated Color Filters.
  • Software and Post Production: (Photoshop, Lightroom, Nix collection DXO).
  • Composition: (Rule of 3rds, Symmetry, Balance, Leading lines, Abstraction, Repetition, Using Frames, The Decisive Moment, Keeping it Simple, Selective Focus, Splash of Color, Getting in close).
  • Output:(Traditional Prints, Metal, Canvas, Mugs, T-Shirts, Mousepads and Greeting Cards).


 Tuition: $69.00

About Your Instructor: Brian Rabin

Brian is a certified photographic consultant and The Industrial Sales Manager at Mike's Camera in Boulder. Brian is a seasoned photographer and a lead instructor at Mike's Camera. He is well known for his enthusiasm and passionate instruction style and brings over 20 years of experience in various photographic disciplines including event photography, portraiture, macro and street photography. His work has appeared in one-man shows, group exhibits and has been published in national and local magazines.

Online Event

Part 1: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Part 2: Thursday, April 14, 2022

6:30pm - 8:30pm Mountain Time

5:30pm-7:30pm Pacific Time


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