Thursday September 17, 2020, 1:30 pm
Sunday September 20, 2020, 3 pm

Workshop Fee:

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Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
(571) 594-2390 (East Coast time)


Asheville area, Western North Carolina.

Our "home base" is at the 20 acre Mountain Lens Training Center in Hendersonville, NC.

Getting There

Mountain Lens is about a 45 min drive south of downtown Asheville, NC

Approximate driving times:

Atlanta, GA: 3 hrs 20 min

Raleigh, NC: 4.5 hrs

Spartanburg, SC: 1 hr 10 min

Washington DC: 8 hrs



Lodging is not included in the workshop fee. Mountain Lens offers lodging on-site in a  cottage and a carriage house.

Fox Den Interior

Their rates run from $90 - $175 per person for shared suites that include a kitchenette. Luxury amenities include high-definition TVs and high-speed WiFi. For those who prefer private accomodations, Mountain Lens can provide recommendations for local area hotels and B&Bs.

Contact Mountain Lens directly to book your lodging at (828)-230-3685


About the Instructor 

MLRMary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. Based in North Carolina, Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad. 

About the
Guest Speaker

Mountain Lens co-
Jeff Millerfounder Jeff Miller's mission is to help photographers capture the natural beauty of the Southern Appalachians, share it, and ultimately preserve it. He pursues his mission through “immersion” in photography – field trips, consulting, critiquing, and offering digital imaging and printing services.

Jeff also loves to connect with other photographers in several regional and national photography groups. He has delivered both technical and artistic presentations in many venues, and he teaches photography classes and workshops in Asheville NC, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, at Chimney Rock State Park, and in the Everglades National Park.


Digital Black and White Photography Workshop

from capture to print

In this unique long-weekend workshop, participants will experience the full life cycle of black and white photography from selecting a subject, to shooting, editing and printing.

In a world of color, black and white photography offers the photographer the opportunity to get back to the basic essence of photography – the importance of visual design, composition and exposure. That is why well executed black and white images have such enduring appeal. But shooting for, editing and printing black and white images require different considerations than working in color. Today’s digital cameras, digital darkroom software programs and digital printers provide phenomenal advantages for producing black and white prints that would make Ansel Adams envious.

In this hands-on workshop, Mary Louise will explain how to identify and previsualize scenes with strong black and white image potential. Participants will then spend a day practicing these techniques photographing at nature photography locations in the region and other unique items like antiques.   

Then it’s on to the digital darkroom where Mary Louise will share her step-by-  step approach for optimally converting images from color to black and white using Adobe’s Lightroom program.

  Mountain Lens Training Room

Joining Mary Louise in teaching will be master printer and Mountain Lens co-founder Jeff Miller, who will explain how to produce the best black and white photographic prints.

Over the weekend in addition to photographing in the field, participants will work on editing their own images with input, guidance and feedback from Mary Louise and Jeff. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home.  

Who Should Attend

Experienced beginner, intermediate and advanced DSLR or mirror-less camera users.  Participants must be familiar with basic camera operation, including the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Participants should also have some basic experience with editing images using Adobe Lightroom software (either Classic or CC versions). If desired, participants can bring their own laptop, but they will be able to use one of the 27 inch iMac machines available at the training facility. Class size is limited to 6 students.

What's Included 
    • Classroom presentations/demonstrations
    • Hands-on field sessions
    • 1 on 1 time with the instructor(s)
    • Training handouts 
    • Preliminary and final print of the participant’s work printed on-site

What's Not Included

    • Accommodations
      On-site accommodations can be booked directly through Mountain Lens. Mountain Lens can also offer suggestions for off-site accommodations.
    • Meals
      Brown bag lunches and group dinner take-out orders at local restaurants can be arranged.
    • Transportation
      Participants should plan to drive or rent a car, public transportation is not readily available to/from Mountain Lens.

Comments from previous participants

"I liked being able to learn about how to do post processing and printing of my photos. Both instructors were outstanding - very informative and knowledgeable. This has been the best workshop I have taken." - Roger B.

"Great facility at Mountain Lens with wonderful accomodations. It was a quiet facility with beautiful property - Highly recommend it. I liked that the workshop covered everything about black and white from in-camera settings, to shooting, editing and coming home with a beautiful black and white print. It was definitely a good value for the money" - Anne S.

"I would absolutely recommend this workshop to others. You learn a lot, put it into practice from shoot to print in a superb environment with top notch instructors." - Sandra B.

"Mary Louise was a wonderful instructor - very knowledgeable, skilled, and a great teacher. Love her! Jeff was great - very helpful" - Susan W.

" What I liked best about the workshop was the integration of the printing, having multiple printers and a master printer, Jeff, onsite. Mountain Lens was a great facility, well provisioned with quality furnishings." - Kevin L.

"I would recommend this workshop, it provided very comprehensive coverage of B&W from shoot to print, I haven't had another class this comprehensive. The timing and level of knowledge gained seemed in line with the price." - Beth B.