Foundations of Photography: Black and White

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Your digital camera is capable of producing incredible color images, but color isn’t always the best way to represent a scene. By choosing to express a scene in black and white, you’re stripping photography down to its barest essentials, and very often, you will achieve an image with more power than if you choose to capture rich, perfect color. This course covers every aspect of digital black and white, recognizing a good black and white scene to shooting, to black and white conversion and further retouching.

If you’re new to photography, eliminating color may seem a counter-intuitive idea, but learning to see the world purely as light and shadow can open up a whole new realm of subject matter, and help you see the world around you in a very different way. If you’re an old hand at black and white film shooting, then the switch to digital will require some additional skills.

Whatever your skill level, Foundations of Photography: Black and White will get you seeing, shooting, and processing your images in dramatic new ways.

2 Responses to “Foundations of Photography: Black and White”

  1. Raju Thakrar

    Dear Ben,

    First of all, I would like to say how much I love your courses on They are just amazing! I have learnt so much from you.

    I have been shooting black & white exclusively for the last couple of months. You mentioned that the whilbal is really useful for getting correct white balance. Since I am shooting B&W, is this relevant?

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. Peter

    I am an avid follower of your videos particularly B&W. In your course “landscape photography” Exercise #9 you are using the paint brush a lot. But I am confused about your set up. In the paint colour screen it shows foreground colour black and the background white. The RGB sliders are set to 0. Simiarly the foreground box in the toolbar is the same configuration. But when I try and duplicate the setting my background colour shifts to black when the settings are at 0. In order to get Black foreground and white background all three RGB scales go to 251.
    please set me straight & thanks
    Peter Toronto PS I really like your low key presentation style

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