Black & White Photography Workshop with Iqbal Mohamed

Duration: 6 days (Mon to Saturday)
to be announced
Maximum number of Participants:

It was awesome, doing photography with black & white film, using the concept of Zone system by Ansel Adams. Varying the exposure while shooting and manipulating while processing & printing to get details in the highlight areas, to open up shadows, create contrast when the lighting in the composition is subtle, increase or decrease details in select areas of an image. It used to feel like painting with shades of grey.

All of this and more are now possible with the current range of digital cameras. It is a lot faster than using film and you can get a large format effect using tilt-shift lenses on the 35mm camera. With a gamut of papers available from very smooth to highly textured, the horizon for creating Fine Art Black & White images is truly vast.” – Iqbal Mohamed

This workshop is designed to harness the giant strides made in digital photography, to create Fine Art Black & White images.

The fundamental requirement of getting a really creative Black & White Image is to visualize the colours in the composition in shades of grey. The workshop will begin with a session on this key aspect.

It will then cover:
The nuances of lighting in terms of direction, intensity and contrast, that add dimension and mood to the image.
How to work with extreme lighting situations in an image.
How to build dimension in a black & white image, creating a range of light & shadow areas.
How to shoot a black & white image on a bright sunny day and in low light conditions.
Post-production to get the visualized black & white image.
Insights into toning and hand-colouring a black & white print.

The workshop will be conducted on LLA campus and around Nilgiris. The quality of light, opportunities to shoot and the people, all together create a setting that is just right for Black & White Photography. The photographic subjects covered will include- landscapes, nature close-ups, street-scapes/village-scapes, people and man-made structures.

There will be lectures, visual presentations, case studies and practical shooting sessions. The best images will be printed and displayed. They will also be showcased on the LLA website.

Advanced amateurs /serious hobbyists. Must be very comfortable shooting with a DSLR /mirrorless camera in manual mode. Must be familiar with basic editing with any image editing software.

DSLR/Mirrorless camera with a 28-70mm lens (or similar) for a full-frame camera OR a 18–55 mm lens (or similar) for a crop frame camera. A tripod will be useful. A laptop with image editing software and card reader for downloading and processing images everyday.

Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for stay at Ooty/Lovedale. LLA will help with the process.

The Academy will provide transportation to campus and back to Ooty. Also lunch on campus on session days + Tea/Coffee.

Note: The schedule of the workshop is subject to change based on weather conditions.


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