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Marine Photography in Black & White

Techniques and tips for getting that perfect digital shot on and around the water.

Tuition: $800

Note: This is a five-day courses ending Friday evening.

Once upon a time, black-and-white was the only means we had to communicate with our cameras. For many of us, black-and-white is how we started off in photography, and how we saw images in print. A number of photographers still consider black-and-white to be the purest form of photography. It forces the viewer to see the image rather than the color.

Black and white photo

Shooting black-and-white photographs is in many ways different than shooting in color. There is much more contrast in black-and-white. Shapes and shades become more important. Each day, with guidance from your instructors, you’ll learn to capture images using the building blocks for successful black-and-white photography—texture, tonal contrast, shape, form, pattern, and lighting. The coast of Maine is abundant with unlimited strong photographic opportunities and will provide a wealth of photogenic material.

Returning from afield, students will enter our Boathouse classroom and, working with Adobe Lightroom, will individually take their images and develop an effective and efficient black-and-white workflow. Preferably, you will want to have a camera that can capture raw images, along with a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom software. Please note that there is no printing involved with this course. The goal of this week is to help you capture and create a strong image for black-and-white, and then develop and use a consistent and reliable workflow. “Seeing and thinking” in black-and-white is a very common difficulty for photographers. After this course, you’ll be up for the challenge!


WoodenBoat School, 41 WoodenBoat Lane, PO Box 78, Brooklin, Maine 04616 USA
Tel: 207-359-4651, Fax: 207-359-8920

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