Black and White 

 Digital Photography Workshop



Sat. Sept. 24 from 1:00 - 5pm

Sun. Sept.25 from 10:00 - 5pm


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Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave. 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

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Michael O'Brien

  Take advantage of the early bird discount until Sept. 12th 

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Workshop description

When Black and White (B&W) photography transitioned into the digital age, once again, it came to the forefront of creative imagemakers' attention. The ongoing relevance and sheer beauty of B&W has led many people to request a workshop like this one and to give their input regarding what they'd like to see in that B&W workshop. Many of their suggestions went into the design of this workshop. 

Three things help make strong B&W photos. The right tools, the right techniques and a unique way of seeing. This workshop will help participants develop all three. 


On the first afternoon there will be a short introductory presentation followed by a field trip in the adjoining neighbourhood of the vibrant Kensington Market area. Detailed guidance will be provided to help you find and compose subject matter that looks good in black and white.

During the next day, there will be demonstrations of various methods and workflows used to process colour RAW files into B&W images. Then using your own files you'll be guided step by step through those methods with the help of the instructor; there will be time for everyone to work on their own images. 

 N.B. The demonstrations will show the possibilities when the combined power of Lightroom, Photoshop and some of the NIK software suite are used to shape our photographs. Guidance and feedback will be offered throughout the workshop. You don't need to know Photoshop or NIK software to participate, only a basic working knowledge of Lightroom is required. Due to time constraints, image reviews and detailed critiques will be brief.


Some of the topics covered

  • Understanding the building blocks of a strong B&W photograph
  • How to work with light when shooting in B&W
  • How to 'see' and compose in B&W
  • Original photographs - what are they - how do we make them? 
  • Converting colour RAW files into B/W photos
  • Approaches to B/W workflow
  • How to select, fine tune and polish our best B/W shots
  • Approaches to creating a series or sequence of images
  • How to prepare files for printing
  • Printing options

Things you will need to bring

A portable computer, either Mac or PC, loaded with Adobe Lightroom.  A basic working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom is required.

Having Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex Pro installed is optional but very helpful. If you want them, the NIK sofware suite is a free download while a free trial version of Photoshop is available on Adobe's website.

Contact us if you have any questions about what you require to participate.


Schedule and Fees


* Sept. 24 Sat. 1pm - 5pm....Introductory presentation and field work

* Sept. 25 Sun. 10am - 5pm ....presentation, demonstrations and time      to work on images

General fee..........................................295.00

With early registration discount...............250.00


                                                  Take advantage of the early registration discount until Sept.12th 

 Register Now!