Learn how to see, think, and expose for black-and-white photography with a digital camera.
Discover the fine art tradition of black-and-white photography using your digital camera. Learn techniques for pre-visualization and exposure, and understand how contrast, texture, and tone influence the black-and-white aesthetic.
$84 • 3‑hour workshop • Limited to 5 students • Pro instructor
This 3‑hour black-and-white photography workshop presents the following:
- A brief history of photographic technology
- When to choose black-and-white vs colour
- Influence of light on monochrome photography
- Influence of colour on monochrome photography
- Interplay of contrast, tone, and texture
- Common camera settings for manipulating black-and-white output
There’s a common misconception that good black-and-white photography is simply desaturated colour images. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. For almost a century after the exposure of the first photograph in 1827, photography existed predominantly as a monochrome medium. Following the invention and democratization of a practical and cost-effective colour process, black-and-white photography enjoyed a heavy presence among fine art and enthusiast photographers. The collective time, effort, and experimentation of innumerable photographers have resulted in several aesthetic conventions that can help you create striking black-and-white pictures.
Elevate your photographic horizons and discover a traditional aesthetic using modern tools. This workshop offers guidance for determining which photographic situations are better suited for black-and-white versus colour representation. We’ll discuss how the rules of photography apply differently to black-and-white images. Our goal is to show you how to recognize great opportunities for black-and-white photos and how to turn those moments into captivating pictures.
During the practical portion of the workshop, we’ll explore how you can apply the concepts learned in the preceding half of the lesson to real-world black-and-white photography.
- All brands of digital cameras are accepted for this workshop
- This course is designed for DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and enthusiast compact cameras.
- Contact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suitability for this workshop.
What to bring:
- Camera and lens
- Battery (fully charged)1If you’re participating in more than one workshop, please bring either your battery charger or a second battery to ensure you can operate your camera throughout the day.
- Memory card (emptied)
- Camera manual
What to wear
Our photography workshops feature outdoor exercises to apply the theoretical concepts into practice. Monitor the weather forecast and ensure you dress appropriately for the conditions—especially on cold days.2 Please note that the lithium batteries powering your camera may exhibit diminished power output in cold conditions. When subzero air temperatures are forecast for the day of your workshop, we recommend bringing two or more camera batteries.
Our classroom-free workshops take place outdoors, involve walking and feature locations that may not be fully accessible. In general, we meet at the Southwest corner of Danforth Ave and Monarch Park Ave, in Toronto’s east end (5‑minute/300m walk from the Greenwood subway station).
We reserve the right to change the meeting location and will notify you at least 48 hours in advance of such changes. A modified meeting location will always be within 500m of a TTC subway station.
Cancellation and refunds
We want to ensure that you fully understand the materials covered in our photography courses. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your learning experience, please let your instructor know immediately after your workshop concludes. We’re more than happy to address any points of confusion on the spot or to offer you the opportunity to repeat the same workshop on a future date (pending availability).
Our full cancellation and refund policy is found in the Terms of Sale. The following summary is for your convenience:
- We accept cancellations for a full refund up to four (4) weeks in advance of your initially-scheduled course.
- We accept schedule modifications up to seven (7) days in advance of your initially-scheduled course.