Digital B&W Photography in NC with Mary Louise Ravese

Experience the full life cycle of B & W photography from selecting a subject, to shooting, editing and printing in this unique long-weekend workshop.

In this hands-on workshop, Mary Louise will explain how to identify and previsualize scenes with strong black and white image potential. Participants will then spend a day practicing these techniques photographing at Asheville’s famous Biltmore (Vanderbilt) estate with its French Chateau inspired mansion and formal gardens, as well as nature photography locations in the region. Just on site at the 20-acre Mountain Lens training center there is a serene pond, a scenic waterfall, two footbridges, and a mile of trails along meandering creeks and a forested hillside.

As a special bonus, the workshop is scheduled to coincide with a Dale Chihuly glass exhibit at the Biltmore for additional photographic opportunities. (Biltmore/Chihuly entrance included in workshop fee).

Then it’s on to the digital darkroom where Mary Louise will share her step-by-step approach for optimally converting images from color to black and white using Adobe’s Lightroom program. Joining Mary Louise in teaching will be master printer and Mountain Lens co-founder Jeff Miller, who will explain how to produce the best black and white photographic prints.

Over the weekend in addition to photographing in the field, participants will work on editing their own images with input, guidance and feedback from Mary Louise and Jeff. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home.

Class size limited to 6.

From the Archives: Capture to print—creating eye-catching black-and-white landscapes

Editor’s Note:  NANPA is fortunate to have collected a library of excellent blog posts over the years.  We add new members all the time, and our long-time members may not recall a specific post, which they may find more useful than when it was first published because their interests have changed.  Regardless, we’re going to share posts “From the Archives” from time to time.  The post below by Dana Warnquist was posted in June 2017.   DL

 

Text and photography by Dana Warnquist

“Is that an Ansel Adams photograph,” she asked. “No,” the gallery owner replied with a chuckle. “It’s a local photographer.” Overhearing this exchange, I could feel my face warm as I flushed with both pride and embarrassment. True story.

Winter wonderland; Firehole Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. ©Copyright Dana Warnquist

Winter wonderland; Firehole Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. © Copyright Dana Warnquist

While my art certainly cannot be compared to that of master photographer Ansel Adams, his photographs and philosophies about protecting our natural environment have inspired and motivated me to capture eye-catching black-and-white images. Not everyone can create iconic landscape images like Adams, but with a few basic steps, from capture to print; stunning black-and-white images can be produced by even the newest DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera owners. Continue reading

Capture to print—creating eye-catching black-and-white landscapes

Text and photography by Dana Warnquist

“Is that an Ansel Adams photograph,” she asked. “No,” the gallery owner replied with a chuckle. “It’s a local photographer.” Overhearing this exchange, I could feel my face warm as I flushed with both pride and embarrassment. True story.

Winter wonderland; Firehole Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. ©Copyright Dana Warnquist

Winter wonderland; Firehole Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. © Copyright Dana Warnquist

While my art certainly cannot be compared to that of master photographer Ansel Adams, his photographs and philosophies about protecting our natural environment have inspired and motivated me to capture eye-catching black-and-white images. Not everyone can create iconic landscape images like Adams, but with a few basic steps, from capture to print; stunning black-and-white images can be produced by even the newest DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera owners. Continue reading