The B&W Digital Image

Winter_of_Despair_BW_490pxMelbourne – Studio Workshop
•  18 March 2018
•  23 September 2018


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.  Specific topics include:

The Digital B&W Negative
•  Pre-visualisation and the B&W image
•  In-camera B&W JPEGS versus default RAW B&W conversions
•  Monitoring camera exposure and correlating histograms
•  Luminosity formulae – how is RGB converted to B&W
•  B&W contrast filters and classic B&W renderings and effects
•  Comparing RAW B&W processors and processing methods

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

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

The Digital B&W Print
•  Creating and working with B&W printer profiles
•  Specialist B&W printer drivers (QuadTone, Bowhaus)
•  Printing B&W images through a RIP (MegaRIP, ImagePrint)
•  Ink inconstancy, optical brighteners and fluorescence
•  Print viewing, metamerism failure and ink inconstancy
•  The archival durability and stability of B&W prints

The workshop is conducted as a series of practical exercises, experiments, and studio investigations.  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 illustrate the workflow while also contextualising the B&W print as a finished work of art.  Though certainly not a workshop prerequisite, attendees are encouraged to bring their own images and/or laptop computers to use during the workshop.  There is also a workshop resource website with detailed course notes, videos, and test files.

Class Size:  Maximum class size of 5
Course Duration:  Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue:  Les Walkling’s Studio, Heidelberg, VIC.
Workshop Cost:  $330 including GST per person
Bookings & Enquiries:  Email or phone +614 38 59 00 93