Black and White Artistry

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Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:30 AM Register
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:00 PM Register

Black and White Artistry

Join international award winning photographer Jim Welninski and learn how to produce Black and White prints that command attention.


Join international award winning photographer Jim Welninski and learn how to produce Black and White prints that command attention.
This course is about discovering your own artistic vision and using the unique strengths of the black and white photograph to bring that vision to life. Black and white photography offers you the opportunity to take a step back from the world you see and create the world you imagine by taking a journey inward, shining a mirror on yourself, and reflecting what you see and feel back into the world through your work. Consider the black and white work of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Michael Kenna, Brett Weston, Sebastio Selgado, and Cole Thompson. Even if you don’t know them by name, you have seen and been moved by their work. These images affect us in ways not easily explained and that power cannot be replicated with color. The world of black and white is a dream world where anything is possible; a world where mood is king, where composition is queen, and where light reigns supreme. Great black and white photography is a deliberate art with where every detail is significant and where there is little room for error. Mastery of this form of photography brings you into a direct confrontation with yourself and the way you see the world. And when properly executed, the results are nothing short of magical. Join me on this journey into the world of black and white photography; a world where the only map is the one inside of you.

Jim had a successful career in been working in the visual arts for more than 20 years, but only when working in black and white did he begin to find his own voice, leading to multiple international awards and a successful photography practice. This course will set you on a journey that will transform the way you approach your own work, opening a world of possibilities that you never knew existed.
Some of the topics covered in this class include:
• The unique ability of black and white photography  to create mood and emotion
• Developing your own artistic vision
• Previsualization of the final image
• Mapping post-processing before actually starting
• Controlling light distribution to create depth
• Sculpting light to create your vision
• Creating a print to present your vision to others.

Printing will be required in this class.

This class will require you to dedicate time to work between classes. A basic working knowledge of both Lightroom and Photoshop is required, including a working understanding of layers, layer masks, and the various tools in the toolbox. Developing your skills in this area takes effort. The classes will provide all the tools you need to succeed. By the end of this course, you should have a finished piece of fine art B&W photography.

For more about Jim’s work, please visit his website:

Class Info

Please Note

A good working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop is required.

Class Length

7 weeks


Jim Welninski


A $250 non-refundable deposit is reqired once your registration is confirmed.

Class Size

Minimum of 4; Maximum of 10


Photo III

Other Class Info

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Chicago, IL 60613

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