Creative Black & White DIGITAL ARTISTRY
Each week we were treated to tutorials and instructional videos on everything from simple B&W Conversion, cropping, dramatic lighting, film emulations, layers and clipping masks. Initially Sebastian asked each of us to pick a few photos that we thought would convert really well to B&W and then upload them in our Private Flickr Group. We also had to discuss what we liked about each image.
Our first session was an adventure in time management, with so many videos covering an array of topics; I was like a kid in a candy store and savoured every morsel. Watching and rewatching some of the videos for snippets and insights into various techniques;
- Global Adjustments
- Selective Adjustments
- Basic Treatments
- Film Emulation
Still reeling from the wealth of information (not to mention bonus material from textures, lights, overlays and more), plus seeing my initial assignment image on the screen, I was spurned on to do more. We learned more in depth techniques and various areas relating to our craft;
- Dramatic Lighting
- Creature Blur
- Scratches and Dust
- Emulsion and Wet Plate effects
Featuring graffiti and alleyways of Melbourne, the Church arch is from Ballarat and the background Garden scene from Cloude Hill. Colby Files Model and Topaz Impression drawing and painting filters.
The Frog and dragonfly were actually carved in wood and part of the Stihl Wood Carving Exhibit 2016, with various textures and overlays from course content, as well as some of my own.
My Model Shot 'Luke' high key B&W studio shoot, featuring Lightroom Presets and subtle Duo Tonings. Sometimes a photo just wants to be a photo!
This was a shot of a Vesper parked in a Melbourne alleyway which caught my eye. Used many course overlays and backgrounds, used many unusual blend modes such as hard light and colour burn to create the depth of colour from a basically duotone print. I added the Typography for a bit of fun