I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. -Ansel Adams

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Special note: This class will also meet online for a three-hour introductory session on Wednesday, June 15 5:30 – 8:30pm ET.  There will be a follow-up session online Saturday, July 16 10am – 4pm ET.

For most of us the love affair with the black and white image started with a film captured and silver printed image. The goal, today, is to take that which we fell in love with of film photography and apply it to digital photography.  Where the once impossible in the analog world becomes merely an opinion in the digital world.

If the pandemic taught us anything it has been the rethinking of how in person workshops should be approached. The “Oz to Kansas” workshop will be broken up into both physical,  primarily the shooting of images while in Maine, and a minimal amount of classroom time whilst in Maine. Then the virtual, will be done via Zoom on the theory of “seeing” as well as how to convert those images to black and white and why. 

The issue is this: theories about how to approach digital black and white capture and what conversion technique(s) to use to convert those captured images are like politicians making election promises. Every one of them claims to be the penultimate solution to your needs, but rarely do they address those needs. 

Regardless of their claims, usually, you find yourself still needing a solution that creates images that look like photographs and not like something the viewer sees as “something you did in Photoshop”.

You will learn a way of approaching your images that will answer the three most asked questions: “Did you see that color image in black and white?”, “How come my black and white images don’t look like your black and white images?” and, “Can you teach me how to ‘see’ color in black and white?” You will leave the workshop understanding the importance and power of color in the conversion process and how that knowledge informs your decisions at the moment of capture. 

Students must be comfortable in the use of Photoshop and plug-ins.

Class will also meet online for a three-hour introductory session on Wednesday, June 15 5:30 – 8:30pm ET.  There will be a follow-up session online Saturday, July 9 10am – 4pm ET.

Header Image:  ©Vincent Versace

Past student work (clockwise): Peter McCutchen, Howie Motenko, Ron Perry, Marek Pleszczynski, Jean Claude Schmidt, Margaret Skiles, Catherine Titus Wilcox

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Instructor: Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.

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