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Learn the art of black and white photography with our photography short courses in Sydney!

Colour is descriptive. Black-and-white is interpretive. Black-and-white photography is not photography without colour, it's a different art form demanding a different mindset and different skills. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of black-and-white photography including high key and low-key lighting, contrast, colour and texture, and see how past masters achieved their memorable images.

In this photography course, you will examine the best camera settings for black-and-white photography and explore ways to identify suitable scenes and subjects, from landscapes to portraits to close-ups and much more. Following some introductory theory, you will go on location to shoot a series of photos specifically for black-and-white conversion. Next, you will learn to process your photos using Photoshop as well as Adobe Camera RAW. If you're looking for a fun and practical workshop that enhances your skills and furthers your theoretical knowledge of photography then this course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this black & white photography workshop, you should be able to:

  • gain a solid understanding of a wide range of camera settings for optimal black-and-white and monochrome photography
  • understand the nature of light and how to control the exposure using a histogram
  • understand the theoretical underpinnings of black and white photography and how it differs from colour photography
  • utilise the powerful features of Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins to turn RAW colour images into stunning black-and-white artworks

What will be covered in this black & white photography workshop?


  • Understanding the fundamental differences between black and white and colour photography
  • High key and low-key lighting
  • Contrast, colour and texture
  • Exploring famous photographers black and white work. Notably Elliott Erwitt & Jennifer Price
  • Ansel Adams’ zone system


  • Optimal camera settings for optimal black-and-white and monochrome photography
  • Using a histogram and Levels tools to get the best tonal range and contrast for dramatic black-and-white photos
  • Identify suitable scenes and subjects to photograph

Post Production

  • Colour image conversion
  • RGB model & Photoshop channels
  • LAB colour
  • Hue/saturation with an adjustment layer
  • Twin hue/saturation method
  • Gradient map
  • Channel mixer
  • Photoshop’s Black-and-White Tool

You’ll also receive a free copy of the Nik Collection’s SilverFX Pro plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom and learn how to use it as a basis for creating stunning black-and-white photos.

Who is this black & white photography workshop for?

  • Anyone who has a thorough working knowledge of their camera, aperture, shutter speeds, focusing and the basic principles of photography, or who has completed a beginner’s photography course or similar.

What to bring to class

  • A DSLR – digital single-lens reflex camera/four thirds or mirrorless camera with adjustable ISO and aperture settings.
  • Lenses – Bring along any lenses you own.
  • Laptop computer (Mac or Windows) with Adobe Photoshop loaded. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download a free 7-day trial version.
  • If you don't have an appropriate computer the college can provide you with one. Your tutor will be in contact closer to the start of the course to see what your needs are.

About your tutor

Nic van Oudtshoorn is a highly qualified tutor, photojournalist and macro specialist with more than 40 years of experience. His skills have earned him the distinction of Associate of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society. His photographs have appeared worldwide in numerous books, newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Time. As an accomplished documentary filmmaker, Nic’s video footage has been shown on TV internationally, including National Geographic and Discovery channels.

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