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Art of Black & White: Yesterday & Today

Learning from a True Master
In this course I cover the ways of the master, Ansel Adams (1902), and his methodology from the past in creating gorgeous black & white photos.

I then teach you how to applythose same techniques with our modern tools and software; Lightroom 5.

Details & Requirements

Length: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

Tags: Black & White Lightroom

Required Software: Lightroom

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Ansel Adams Zone System

Starting the Retouch

Traditional Dodge and Burning

Zone Retouching

Zone Retouching

Zone Retouching

Global Corrections

Adding Contrast

Venice - Before

Venice - After


16m 1s

Lesson 1: Ansel Adams

In this first video we are going to have an overview on Ansell Adams work flow and how they used to develop and work black and white photos. I will try to explain his zone system with simple concepts. Understanding the past will help us see how to apply this in today’s tool like Lightroom.

8m 58s

Lesson 2: Preparing Negatives

In the second video we will start preparing the global development of the photo, and it’s basic balck and white conversion.

5m 53s

Lesson 3: Dodge & Burn Intro

We are going to see the concept of dodge and burn, where does this techniques comes from and how to replicate these treatments using brushes in Lightroom.

4m 57s

Lesson 4: Dodging & Burning pt. 1

In this video we are going to keep on doing the dodge and burn starting with the closest to the camera elements.

7m 1s

Lesson 5: Dodging & Burning pt. 2

In this video we are going to continue with dodge and burning elements going further and further in the photo.

5m 2s

Lesson 6: Dodging & Burning pt. 3

In this video we are going to finish the dodge and burn of the elements which are the further away from us giving depth to the photo.

7m 22s

Lesson 7: Dodging & Burning pt. 4

Now we are going to retouch the sky and see how to bring drama to the clouds.

5m 21s

Lesson 8: Sky & Completion

Here comes the final touch’s to complete this image of the Alpes, an homage to Ansell Adams

10m 19s

Lesson 9: Venice

In this final video we are going to do a full retouch from start to finish of this photo in Venice Italy.

Source Files

Contains two of my high-resolution RAW photos to retouch and follow along with each step

iPad Videos

Contains all lessons as iPad compatible videos

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