Black & White – A Processing and Conversion Workshop with Philip Blair – October 27th – November 5th, 2021
“How do you process your black & white images?”
This is one of the most common questions asked of Landscape photographer Philp Blair. In fact, he’s been asked this so often that he has decided to offer a crash course, which focuses on providing the full answer. It is a question that does not have an easy “one size or preset fits all” solution. The aim of this workshop is to provide a complete overview and options for developing individualized processing solutions.
Over the course of two weeks, this online program will provide a high-level survey of various black and white workflows, tools, and processes. The program will feature specific hands-on assignments that will bring each participant to a fuller understanding of the options available and will include personalized recommendations for exercising more control over their chosen workflow.
- Black & white methodology. Conventional and unconventional approaches
- The essentials to making black & white images with impact
- Tips to consider for each point in the process – exposure, processing, printing
- Understanding your camera’s dynamic range
- Metering for black and white images
- Introduction to luminance and range masking
- Do’s and don’t of shadow recovery
- Working with Leica Monochrom, Q, SL, and M system cameras.
- Accessing the hidden power of RAW files & preparing your image for print
Combining live group lectures, processing demonstrations and discussion, Philip Blair will shed insight on his personal workflow. Participants will also have the opportunity to see “before and after” processing examples from Phil’s archive of landscape images. Taking this a step further, participants will be able to put the techniques discussed into practice on their own images created during the workshop.
Who should attend:
The course is open to photographers of all experience levels who want to improve upon their understanding and skills in image processing. Attendees should be familiar with the basics of their cameras such as focus, depth of field, and metering. The ownership of a Leica camera is NOT required in order to participate. Enrollment is limited to 8 individuals. Though helpful, specific experience with Adobe Photoshop, Abobe Lightroom, Capture One Pro and DxO is not required.
What is included:
- Twelve hours of group instruction, over the course of four 3-hour group sessions
- Group and customized individual assignments
- “Behind the scenes” view of Philip Blair’s personal images and workflow
- Between sessions: one-on-one review and technical consultation with Phil Blair
- Leica Akademie giveaways and support materials
Schedule and Format:
The workshop will take place online over a two-week period. Sessions will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific Time (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Eastern) on consecutive Wednesdays and Fridays. Group assignments will be undertaken by each participant individually, to be done between sessions.
Wednesday, October 27th: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific
Friday, October 29th: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific
Wednesday, November 3rd: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific
Friday, November 5th: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific
All four sessions will include breaks between the first and second half.
Note: all times listed are Pacific Time:
Philip Blair is a black & white landscape photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His intimate, native knowledge of Oregon and Washington takes him to places both well and lesser-known in this uniquely beautiful part of the country. His primary focus is on the production of fine prints that connect personal and autobiographical emotion with the enchanting visuals found throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Philip partnered in November/December 2018 with Leica Store Bellevue for his “Solitude: Snow & Ice” exhibit and also worked with Leica Akademie in 2019 on 2 sold-out landscape photography events: Deception Pass, WA (“The Monochrom Landscape”) and Mt. Rainier National Park, WA. (Alpine Photography with Philip Blair”). He also hosted two sold-out virtual events in early 2021 for Leica Akademie, titled “The Winter Landscape.” His newest projects include “Grand Canyon, Moab and Yosemite with the Leica S (November 2020),” and the forthcoming book titled “Solitude: Snow and Ice,” to be published by Chatwin Books, Seattle WA.
Philip has been a Leica M shooter for over 12 years, having worked with the Leica Monochrom-M cameras from 2014 through 2019. From early 2020 he has been working with the Leica S system. He has also extensively used the SL. CL and Q (both Q2 and Q2 Monochrom) systems.
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