Intro to Classic Black & White Photographs - Complete Series - Online Live - Looking Glass Photo & Camera

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Intro to Classic Black & White Photographs: Complete Series Online Live

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A four part series with Rich Seiling, master printmaker and former assistant curator at the Ansel Adams Gallery.


This is an incredible four part series with Rich Seiling, master printmaker and former assistant curator at the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Let's start with a question: Can you create the look of classic black and white photographs using digital tools? According to Rich Seiling, "Yes you can!"

Rich will show you how to create the look of 20th century masters with 21st century tools. His workflow has been used to create countless prints for prestigious galleries and museums, but there are no tricks involved. By using a straightforward process that mirrors how darkroom materials work, Rich will show you how to create prints with the rich tonal scales, delicate highlights, and luminous shadows that are the hallmark of a classic B&W print. 

Rich led this same series for the Looking Glass community a couple years ago and it was amazing. Now Rich is back to again deliver his incredible lessons and insights. The series will take place across four consecutive Monday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time, beginning on Monday, February 6th. 


Monday, February 6th: Session 1 - Contrast

Contrast is the key component of an expressive B&W photograph. Rich will teach you how to create and control contrast for maximum effect.

Monday, February 13th: Session 2 - RAW Processing

Garbage in, garbage out. The wrong pre-processing choices can make or break your photographs. Learn which RAW processing tools to use...and avoid, and how to convert from color to B&W with the eye of a master.

Monday,February 20th: Session 3 - Dodge & Burn

Dodging & Burning (aka brushing) can make the difference between a ho-hummer and a masterpiece. Learn the how you can capture the viewer and guide the eye while creating a more expressive vision.

Monday, February 27th: Session 4 - Printing

Prints are the ultimate way to share a B&W photograph, but the number of printing options can be overwhelming. We’ll give you a clear roadmap that will let you navigate the many choices of papers and printers to create the classic beauty you are looking for.

(Please Note: Rich will primarily use Photoshop for his editing demonstrations during these sessions. Although having knowledge of Photoshop is certainly a plus to get the most from these sessions, Rich believes everyone will learn incredibly useful tips, techniques and workflow considerations. As Rich says, the beauty of classic black and white is not about what tool you use, but how you use it.)


This Online Live class series will be conducted using Zoom. You will receive a Zoom Invitation Link 1-2 days prior to each session’s scheduled date. We will have recordings of each session available for a limited time for students who miss a session, or would like to review what they learned during the live session.


Rich Seiling’s passion for capturing light and beauty with photography has led him on a series of adventures that have shaped his vision and view of the craft.  From a stint at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite as an assistant curator, to his pioneering work in digital printmaking, founding of a leading fine art printing studio, and 22 years living in and photographing the Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada, Rich has deeply explored the vision and craft of photography while continuing to express his own vision. 

He learned photography in the darkroom, seeking to make prints with the rich tonal scale exemplified by the West Coast traditions of photography. But his frustration with color processes lead him to explore digital photography starting in the early 1990s.

Combining his darkroom knowledge with digital tools led to a process for making color prints of museum quality that pushed the process to new heights. His reputation for making vibrant yet realistic digital prints allowed him to help photographers like Galen Rowell, Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, and many others, make the transition to digital fine art printing. With his team at West Coast Imaging, he has helped produce numerous museum shows, supplied prints for leading galleries, and done prepress for art books from publishers like Taschen and Houghton Mifflin. 

His simple yet powerful Photoshop workflow, tested on tens of thousands of prints at WCI, is in use by many top professionals, and has been taught to countless students across the country through workshops and lectures.

Working in both black & white and color, Rich strives to capture the profound beauty of nature and communicate it through vibrant, and sometimes large, prints. He considers himself a student of light, discovering its qualities and how it communicates the inherent realities of a subject, often seeking out fleeting moments of rare light that make the landscape sing its own voice.

Driven by the belief that each photographer has a unique story only they can tell, Rich teaches the art of photography through workshops and articles. His goal is to help students unlock their potential to tell their own stories by helping them gain control of the craft, expand their vision, and most of all, to experience the enrichment and joy that photography brings.


A full refund will be granted to those who notify us of registration cancelation at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to the series start date.


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