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Talk: Creating fine art monochrome images - pt 2: processing

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This talk is the second in a two-part mini-series by fine-art photographer David Rosen.  David's first talk is on 25th May and tickets must be purchased separately for each talk.

David will start by describing what constitutes a fine art black and white photograph and the significant role of the photographer in influencing the final image. The creative decision processes before and during the post processing journey will be described.

The importance of the right starting point in camera RAW or Lightroom will be emphasised with colour space, calibration and the importance of neutral default settings emphasised. The significance of dynamic range, colour channel characteristics and pixel luminosity distribution will be described. Once into Photoshop the use of extended range colour spaces, and optimised dynamic range prior to conversion to B&W will be emphasised. Monochrome conversion alternatives will be discussed with regards to their potential influence on the fine art image and the pros and cons shared. This will include the use of Silver Effex Pro.

Once converted you should be guided by earlier decisions regarding what you want the viewer to see and in what order. This will define the various selections you will need to create and save. Various selection and masking techniques will be briefly touched upon. Deciding what is extraneous clutter is an important stage in fine art photography. Simplifying detail and reducing intermediate tones is a major part of the creative process in fine art capture and post-processing. David will briefly describe the use of layers, masking, blend modes and gradients to achieve the best possible final result.

Completing the image requires careful use of sharpening, deciding on a vignette if required and the use of overall gradient masks. Each decision influences the direction of the image. David finishes this sprint through an exciting but complex genre of processing by helping you ask the all-important question: Does what I have created work as an image?


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