We had a great time at our Black and White/Film Noir photography workshop over the weekend, at the Santa Clarita Valley Center for Photography. Good turnout, a terrific model (Jessica), and some great images.
I think that one of the things that worked well was the emphasis on students learning to use light and shadow to create a sense of form and dimension.
Also, we used continous lighting (hot lights) which helped the students in two ways: photographers could shoot together, rather than one at a time, and continous lighting makes it possible to see the image “developing” as the model moves from pose to pose.
While I was teaching I was shooting with the camera tethered, which gave everyone an opportunity to see captures almost in real time. It didn’t hurt at all to have a 30 inch display, either!
We wrapped up with some classroom time, reviewing use of black and white adjustment layers in Photoshop, and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro for black and white conversions.
All told, a great session – we’re already planning another one in a month or two.
New Workshop, January 13, 2011 Black and White Photography and Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software. Click for more info.