Saturday, November 8, 2008

Seán Duggan's Black and White Class

Last week Seán Duggan taught Creative Digital Black and White. Though we had a small class the information was in abundance and each student had a one on one experience all week! We started out shooting at Spooners Cove out at Montaña De Oro state park. The students did some wonderful long exposures and explored some great textures with rocks and water. Below is an image by Michael Cryer who used a wide angle and played around with the split toning in Lightroom 2.1.

We took the images back to lab the next day where Seán showed many examples and techniques on how to turn images into rich black and white images.

We also visited The Oaks and learned about setting up and visualizing a shot for black and white. I was able to use an IR camera with a fisheye and got some very unusual images.

We heard that a life-size replica of La Niña was docked in the Morro Bay marina so naturally we saw a great opportunity to find some great textures and some interesting silhouettes from the late afternoon light. We also learned to create starbursts using a small aperture (f/16, f/22 etc.).

Seán is a beta tester for Adobe so we were fortunate enough to see some really nice previews of the next version of Photoshop CS4.

Stay tuned to see what we are up to this weekend! And remember we have a great discount right now for the Intermediate Photoshop class next week! Call the office! 805-528-7385.

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