A Meaningful Image Workshop
Black and White Online Course
3-day 9-hour live online workshop
Jan 21, 28 & Feb 2023
11 am – 2 pm Pacific Time
With recordings $250
The Black and white online class is a 3-day, 9-hour course on digital black and white photography, and enrollment is limited to 20 participants. This small intimate workshop is focused on the basics of black and white photography, processing methods, and critique of images. Participants will have the opportunity to have their work shared in the course for feedback.
There are so many methods and ways to work in black, and what that is can be overwhelming. In this course, we focus on what makes a compelling black and white image and how to process an image using a variety of techniques.
Space is limited to 20 participants.
What other workshop attendees say about the experience
“Daniel is an intuitive teacher. He has a gift for how to challenge me not only to be a better photographer but to step back and see how my photography fits into the larger picture of my creative work as a whole, to grapple with and come to understand why my photography matters, so that when I lift my camera to my eye, it is not random but intentional.”
“Through out my life I noticed that what distinguishes a great teacher from a good one is that while both know technical details of their trade very well, the great teacher can craft the program, the material that you learn upon in such a way that will inspire you to learn and discover more no matter how steep is the learning curve. And Daniel is a great teacher that will inspire you, support you and when you are stuck will give you the best advice that you need at that point. Like ‘Go and reshoot it.'”
The Meaningful Image workshop: Black and white online course is focused on the essence and nature of working with black and white. This workshop focuses on the viewing, creating, processing, editing, displaying, printing and sharing of black and white images.
- Basic Color Management and how it applies to black and white
- RAW editing workflows for Camera RAW and Lightroom
- Basics of noise reduction and sharpening
- Review of 3rd-party apps and plug-ins to ease workflow and editing (Silver Efex, Toapz, On1, etc.)
- Editing for impact and feeling
- Basic Color grading
- Masking and luminosity techniques
- Ideas for sharing your work with others online and in print
- Critique of images produced during the course
What to Expect
This is an online workshop. We will be meeting over Zoom. Although you can get the recordings, this is not a recorded class you watch anytime. We are holding this as a live online event. That is right, Live from Whidbey Island studios. Since we are live, you can ask questions and get immediate feedback. We meet on three consecutive Saturdays starting January 21, 2023, and ending February 4, 2023. Classes are held from 11 am-2 pm pacific time.
Classes will be recorded; you can purchase a recording package and access the course anytime.
What you’ll need
You need to be able to access Zoom and the internet. Wear your PJs and fuzzy slippers if you like. I also recommend that you have something to take notes with, as I try to pack in a lot of information.
We treat each other with mutual respect.
We do not engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior that disturbs others, threatening others physically, or engaging in verbal harassment.
We don’t act unreasonably or interfering with others’ use of the facilities (online or in-person) or class time.
When providing feedback, we provide honest, open dialogs about our work and the work of others in a respectful manner.
Silly Dog Studios does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.
Silly Dog Studios values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of people in our community. Encouraging and protecting diversity creates an environment that promotes freedom of thought and shared learning.
Anyone who violates these guidelines will be removed from a workshop, course, or program. No refunds will be given.
Workshop Support Questions
What do I need to bring?
Each workshop has a different set of needs. Once you register, you will be sent a detailed handout about the workshop. The handout contains details about the workshop content, locations, directions to the studio and complete workshop schedule. It also includes a list of required materials and optional materials.
However, for most workshop, participants need to bring their own computers. Digital cameras are required for on-location or shooting workshops. The studio equipment (printers, scanners, etc) is available for participant use during each workshop. While we run Macs in our studio, workshops are for the most part Adobe-centric or universal software centric so Windows based PC users should have few concerns about compatibility. I also worked for a number of years at Microsoft and have lots of Windows experience.
We use a variety of media. If you would like to print on alternate substrates feel free to bring your preferred media.
Is there some way to reduce my financial risk if I can't make it for some reason?
I understand that things happen, and you can read our refund policy below or in our Terms of Service. I highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your workshop. Having that in your back pcoket cand reduce your risk and put your mind at ease. Travelex is a good company to check out as are lots of other options.
All payments made are non-refundable. Funds paid are transferable if you cancel more than 60 days before the start of your workshop. Daniel J Gregory Photography reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 45 days before the workshop begins.
Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or travel emergencies. Particpants are still responsible for any losses regarding flights, travel, lodging or other undefined expense. Again, consider travel insurance to remove any concerns. We recommend you purchase travel insurance through Travelex.
In the event that Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography must cancel a workshop, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop.
What about COVID-19 and vaccination requirements?
Proof of vaccination will be required. If you fail to produce your vaccination status, you will forfeit your spot in the workshop and no refund will be provided.
What is your payment and refund policy?
For most in-person workshops, payments are due in full at the time of registration. Our approach is that your payment for the program is a commitment to participate, just as it is our commitment to provide the best experience possible. It is a commitment on both our parts. So, the short answer is we don’t provide refunds on workshops, classes and courses.
If you need to cancel your reservation with more than 60 days notice, funds paid are transferable to a future workshop space permitting. With less than 60 days until the workshop, there are no refunds or transfers. There are no refunds or transfers for any reason once the event, class or workshop date has begun. We highly suggest that you get trip insurance to reduce your risk.
Do I need to bring my own computer?
Yes. The studio has super high-speed Internet, printers, power and all sorts of crazy darkroom stuff, but the one thing we don't have are computers for you to use. If you really want to attend a workshop, and don't have access to a laptop, please feel free to contact me and I will see if we can figure something out.
Are there any prerequisites for attending a workshop?
For almost all of the workshops there are no prerequisites. In the event a workshop does require some advanced or prior knowledge it will be specifically called out on the workshop registration page. If you are ever concerned about the specific topics or technical requirements for a workshop, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer any of your questions so that you can feel great about your decision to sign up.
Do you offer any discounts?
Some workshop do offer an early-bird rate which will be identified as a workshop with a early bird rate on the workshop description page and be automatically calculated in the price. For workshops that have early-bird pricing, the rate is available until 6-weeks prior to the workshop start date.
Returning students (alumni) receive a $100 discount off of full price workshops, regardless of time of registration. This discount doesn’t apply to early bird pricing.
You will receive a $100 discount for every workshop participant referral you make, but they must provide your name at the time of registration as your referral. This discount is cumulative, can be used with an early bird rate and is transferable. We will notify you when you get a referral credit, but you must contact us prior to registration to get a code to use during your registration process.
There is a 10% discount for referrals. You can also apply multiple discounts to a single workshop. For example, if you refer two people and have attended a prior workshop, you will receive a discount code that will allow you to take 30% off your registration. If you are an alumni or have referred someone, please contact us prior to your registration and in order to receive your discount information.
Can I be put on a waitlist?
Absolutely. Life happens and we want to make sure that we can get you in a workshop if at all possible. If the workshop is full, we will take down your name and contact you if a spot becomes available.
Do you offer payment plans?
Some workshops do have a non-refundable, transferable deposit, but unless noted, a workshop payment is due in full at the time of registration. We do understand that sometimes it makes sense to be able to pay for the cost of a workshop over time. If you want to discuss that as an option, please contact us and we can figure out something that will work for you to be able to attend the workshop.