Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Seeing in Black and White

Seeing in Black and White

Join Greg Holden and learn how to see color in black in white and how monochrome images can be used to portray certain moods and feelings.

The class begins with an image rich presentation and discussion on B&W photography focusing on what types of images look better in B&W and how to seek out great subjects for later B&W conversion. 

Following the classroom portion, we'll walk over to nearby Lafayette Square (behind the White House) to "see" in black and white and capture photos that we'll process later in the day.  

Back in the classroom Greg will demonstrate how to edit and convert a photo to B&W using the powerful tools of Adobe Lightroom. He will also provide an overview of several other plug-ins dedicated to B&W conversions.  You should have a basic working knowledge of Lightroom prior to the class.  

The last portion of the class will be spent working with participants as they convert their own photos into B&W.

Class Needs:

  • Camera to capture images to use for the processing portion of the class. (Camera manual, extra battery and memory card are always good to have on hand.)
  • Participants will need to bring a laptop with Lightroom installed for the BW conversion and editing portion of the class. NOTE: Students should be somewhat familiar with Lightroom software program such as importing images and using the Develop Module tools. We will not be able to introduce you to this material at the class. Consider the Lightroom In A Day, the Lightroom Library In Depth or the Lightroom Develop Module In Depth classes as a way to learn the program.
  • Memory card reader if laptop does not have a slot.

For the shooting portion of the class we will be outside for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

What People Are Saying About Greg

"Greg was great covering the basics and answering our questions.  After just 20 minutes into the class, we were already testing out new knowledge and I was immediately amazed!"

"Greg's class clarified so many things for me. I found his talk and presentation quite inspiring and I'm excited to get out and practice what I learned."

“ Greg was extremely helpful in generating ideas for composition and explaining techniques to us. It benefited the overall experience by helping us create images that we might have otherwise missed. I definitely learned and improved my photography at this class with him."

Instructor: Greg Holden

Greg Holden

Greg Holden’s photography focuses on showing unexpected views of common scenes.  Whether he is photographing out in nature or exploring rusty and abandoned places, he enjoys looking for tiny scenes or details that he can abstract from larger views to create unique images.

Greg has a passion for teaching and sharing his love of photography with others. He is able to convey the technical aspects of cameras and photography in an easy way for beginners to understand while at the same time helping them capture compelling images.

You can see more of Greg’s diverse work on his website,

Greg teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center.

DSLR Photography Basics

Seeing In Black and White

Exploring Historic Fells Point

B&O Railroad Museum Field Shoot

Date: July 28 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM




1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.