2015, November 9: WEBINAR Black and White Conversion Methods

Improve the impact of your black and white photographs by understanding the best methods and techniques for converting a color digital file to monochrome. 

This webinar is geared towards intermediate to advanced photographers 
having the desire to experiment with the black and white palette. 
 We’ll demonstrate various advanced techniques for making better conversions in Photoshop and in Lightroom, and will also discuss the benefits and drawback of using these conversions.

Topics include:

  • Although there are over a dozen ways to make black and white conversions, we will break it down and focus on the 5 best including Raw conversions done in Adobe Camera Raw and/or Lightroom as well as methods within Photoshop.
  • The 4 main factors when working in Photoshop - 1. Good Preview,  2. Percision,  3. File Flexibility,  4. File Size
  • How to make an “image map” and use the “digital zone system”
  • Using black and white in HDR
  • Ways to further enhance through split toning and hand coloring
  • Demonstration of NIK silver Effects and a look at the benefits it may have in getting your desired results.

Sample files are supplied so all you need to do is show up.  We will have a Question & Answer period towards the end of the webinar.

We will be using Citrix - Go To Meeting and we will send you the link a few days before the webinar. Participants will be able to download the webinar afterwards for reference.

Participants should have a good working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. There will not be time to teach you how to use these programs (other than for BW Conversions) during the class. (Note - we offer classes on both of these Adobe products, CLICK HERE to find out more about them.

Instructor: Chris Alvanas

Chris Alvanas is a digital artist and an accomplished post-production retoucher for high-end beauty and fashion. As a photographer, he is known for his quirky kids images, while his fine art delves into the worlds of jazz music and dance by illustrating the musician’s relationship with the instrument and the motion of the dancer. As a new filmmaker (Affirmation, Taps), Chris uses a multi-genre approach: the photographer’s eye and the musician’s ear.

Chris is a popular speaker on post-production beauty retouching, HDR and fine art printing. His work has been featured in Shutterbug, After Capture, Nikon World and Popular Photography. He has lectured at Photo Plus Expo, PMA, Foto Fusion and more. Chris is the former Director of Photography at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC. View his work on his website at Light Year Imaging.

Chris teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

The following DVDs by Chris are available for sale at Capital Photography Center;