The B&W Digital Image

Winter_of_Despair_BW_490pxMelbourne – Studio Workshop
•  18 February 2017
•  17 June 2017
•  21 October 2017


This intermediate/advanced Studio Workshop explores the B&W image in the age of digital reproduction. Specialized digital photographic processes, materials and techniques combine to significantly expand the range of the fine B&W photograph and its creative tradition. This includes aspects of B&W camera craft, colour conversions, the processing and editing of B&W files, and their rendering as archival B&W inkjet pigment prints of the highest quality. Topics covered include:

The Digital B&W Negative
• Pre-visualisation and the B&W image
• Capturing B&W images in-camera and B&W camera modifications
• Converting RGB to B&W and B&W contrast filters
• Exposure and B&W camera profiles
• B&W RAW processing and archiving

B&W Editing and Toning
• Dodging and burning strategies: Jumping values
• Expanding and refining print luminosity
• Local contrast enhancement masking
• Split toning and multi-layered toning techniques
• Digital intensification and reduction

B&W Ink and Paper Combinations
• Testing and evaluating papers for BW printing
• Mono, duo, tri and quad-tone (black) inks  versus CMYK inksets
• Narrow gamut inkjet printing: software and hardware controls
• Printing B&W images on digital photographic printers
• Printing digitally remastered halftone negatives in the traditional darkroom

The Digital B&W Print
• Creating and working with B&W printer profiles
• Software and Hardware B&W separations
• Reducing image posterization, print banding, and metamerism failure
• Specialist B&W printer drivers and RIPS (Mirage, ImagePrint, QuadTone, Bowhaus)
• Ink inconstancy, fluorescence and archival stability of B&W prints

The workshop is conducted as a series of studio demonstrations , experiments, and practical exercises.  The genealogy of the B&W image is illustrated with numerous examples, especially fine B&W prints, while its tradition is extended through an innovative and sensitive integration of digital technologies.  Fine B&W prints are created at each stage of the workshop to both illustrate the workflow while also contextualising the B&W print as a finished work of art.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own images and laptop computers to use during the workshop.  Detailed course notes are provided.

Workshop Cost: $330 including GST per person
BookingsEmail or phone 0438 590 093
Venue: Les Walkling’s Studio, Heidelberg, VIC.
Workshop Duration: Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm