B&W Fine Art Online Workshop – The HOW and WHY 



In these times of a pandemic, I was forced to rethink the way I would teach workshops. And I came to the conclusion that there are certain important elements that can be taught as well, maybe even better, online.  That was already the case for me when it comes to teaching B&W processing but especially and also more important when it comes to discussing the artistic thought process and elusive rules behind B&W processing: the WHY

There are many who can teach you the HOW of contemporary B&W processing when it’s about creating a high impact and striking visual look, but seeing how it is applied, I detect in most cases a lack of insight into the WHY.

One integrated B&W fine art method to give you a solid foundation for B&W fine art photography: B&W fine art image-making from start to end.

It is easy to learn a trick or two, it is much harder though to know why it works like that and to bring structure and integrate the tricks, the rules, and the WHY in one all-encompassing method that connects all elements together and reveals the WHY so you’re going to be able to create your own (aesthetic) rules and design your own ‘tricks’ and workflow. All for the objective of being in command of the artistic and technical process, instead of the other way around.

I’m therefore pleased to announce an online B&W fine art workshop over Zoom for a small group of students (10 max.)


Even though there will be a strong focus on architectural fine art processing, the techniques will also apply to landscape and still life and there will be ample demonstrations with landscapes and still life.

The reason to have a strong focus on architecture is to show the complications of processing and interpreting manmade structures, with a multitude of planes due to the nature of geometrical objects, where landscapes or still life only have 1 or 2 planes. It’s, therefore, easier to understand how to effectively process landscapes and still life when the same principles are applied to more complicated images.

  • Duration:
    • 2 days of 7 hours per day (including 1-hour break) on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2020.
    • Start time October 17: 2.30 pm CET (Amsterdam) / 8.30 am EDT (NYC) / 5.30 am PDT (LA) 
      • End time: October 17: approx. 9.30 pm CET / 3.30 pm EDT / 12.30 pm PDT
    • Start time October 18: 2.30 pm CET (Amsterdam) / 8.30 am EDT (NYC) / 5.30 am PDT (LA) 
      • End time: October 18: approx. 9.30 pm CET / 3.30 pm EDT / 12.30 pm PDT
    • After the workshop: feedback, review, and improvement suggestions of the images created during and shortly after the workshop with the newly acquired skills via email. If the type of improvement suggestions require a video demonstration, an appointment to accommodate that will be made with the individual student
  • Price: $ 495 USD 
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced. To ensure effective knowledge transfer for all, it is recommended to only attend this workshop if a basic to intermediate level of Photoshop skills and masking are present.
  • Seats: To ensure personal interaction and attention with each student, the group of students will be kept small (10 max.)
  • Video recording: Students will receive the Zoom video recording of the workshop (unedited) after the workshop.
  • The workshop program outline and other relevant details can be found by scrolling down this page until after the application form.


By filling out the registration form and make full payment when registration opens to the public on Thursday, September 17 at 3 pm CET/9 am EDT/6 am PDT > REGISTRATION IS OPEN
I want to keep the group small, so full is full.

Note that registration is only final after payment has been made.

Pay $495 USD




Fine art and B&W theory and best practice; image analysis versus design and edit decisions on the image at hand based on the theory; followed by ample post-processing and masking demonstrations; all combined and integrated into one all-encompassing fine art method to give you a solid foundation for B&W fine art photography: B&W fine art image-making from start to end.


The workshop starts with a theoretical introduction to what makes a good B&W photograph and what fine art means in photography and the practical implications of that. Then the workshop will be focused entirely on learning techniques for correct and subtle adjustments in B&W and applying the rules for good B&W photography in practice. I’m also focusing on image analysis to design the image according to your vision and editing decisions. Furthermore, there’s a strong focus on my Advanced masking technique, although it’s highly recommended to watch my Advanced Masking video prior to the start of the workshop as it’s too advanced to fully grasp during the workshop only. After the workshop, there’s the possibility of a one-on-one review of the work created with the new techniques, on a date and time that will be set individually.

  • What makes a good B&W photograph – rules for better B&W
  • What is fine art – what it is, what it isn’t. What you should know to integrate it into your work
  • Preparation and learn to analyze a photo to better articulate your ‘vision’
  • Practical B&W editing decisions based on the analysis
  • Figure-Ground relationships – how this makes you a more effective photographer in the field and in the digital darkroom and when creating masks
  • Why Black and White – best ways for conversion
  • Creating depth and creating presence – how to do this effectively and with subtlety
  • Not global contrast but Selective contrast – how to create it, and why
  • De-contrasting ‘grounds and edges’ for higher ‘Figure’ impact
  • Tonal range coverage: myths and truths and how to better utilize it in your work.
  • Tips to create your own ‘voice’ based on variations of what is learned during the workshop
  • Recommendations for preparing for an architectural shoot with the principle of ‘Maximum point of perspective’
  • Differences between processing landscapes vs architectural photographs vs still life
  • A correct and subtle use of gradients
  • Advanced and effective masking: during the demonstrations I assume there’s already basic knowledge about my advanced masking technique. Please see the section on ‘ What you should know/bring’ what is needed.

The manual workflow in Photoshop CC – NOT a panel demonstration

I will demonstrate everything using Photoshop CC with my manual workflow. At the same time, I will use the B&W Artisan Pro X panel to speed up and simplify the process and demonstrations as a supporting tool, but only after having demonstrated the manual steps repeatedly. The workshop will therefore not be a workshop targeted at using the B&W Artisan Pro panel, nor is it needed to have my B&W Artisan Pro panel. For that, there are plenty of free video tutorials on Youtube. Below a few examples of how I will use the panel during the workshop as a supporting tool:

  1. Example 1: the creation of luminosity masks plays an important role in my workflow, but I will not create the masks manually but with the panel. You can use any other panel for that. But an action set or any other automated way of creating luminosity masks is mandatory to save time.
  2. Example 2: the ‘restore’ step plays another important step in my workflow. I will explain how to do this manually several times, but to speed up the process at some point, I will use the restore feature in the panel. Again, only after demonstrating sufficiently how to do it manually in PS.
  3. Example 3: the gradient tool plays an important role in both B&W editing and masking. When doing the masking demonstrations I will use the Pro Tools presets in the panel to avoid switching between types of gradients and blending modes and hence save time. Of course, only after demonstrating how to do this manually repeatedly and sufficiently.


  • A laptop or Windows or Mac OS computer to follow the class online
  • Zoom video conferencing software installed on your computer
  • The invitation of the Zoom interactive Class. This will be sent out to your email address at least 2 weeks before the class starts. Therefore ensure that your email address in the sign-up list is your regular email address.
  • Photoshop CC
  • An automated way to quickly generate luminosity masks. You can use my Artisan Pro X panel for that or the TK or Lumenzia panels or any other tool that can generate luminosity masks easily. Or if you don’t want to buy anything you can also download my free Artisan Lite panel here


  • Preferably Intermediate to Advanced Photoshop knowledge
  • Knowledge of the difference between layers, layer masks, and channel masks
  • Basic knowledge of curves, levels, and gradients should be present
  • Know at least 1 basic masking technique like the pen tool or channel-masking method that you can find anywhere on Youtube as I will use these basic techniques frequently during the workshop combined with my Advanced Masking Technique – see the last bullet. Tip: the Piximperfect channel from Unmesh Dinda has some excellent tutorials on the pen tool. During the workshop, these basic techniques will not be explained as they’re available for free anywhere on the Internet
  • During the workshop, I will frequently use my Advanced Masking techniques as explained in the Advanced Masking Video tutorial and provide you with more practical examples based on this technique. It’s therefore highly recommended to get used to my Advanced Masking workflow and techniques by watching the video (totaling 5 hours) prior to attending the workshop. If you don’t have this video tutorial yet, you will get a 50% Off discount for this video. The reason I’m highly recommending watching this video prior (or at least after) the workshop is that this is a technique that is uniquely mine and isn’t available anywhere else on the Internet and provides me with the best possible mask in any given situation. Teaching you this advanced masking technique and workflow during the workshop would take almost an entire workshop day and would take away from the actual post-processing.
  • Instead of watching the Advanced Masking video tutorial: there’s a free webinar announced on my website on the use of the Quick Mask Pro panel for users of the Quick Mask Pro panel and for owners of the Advanced Masking video. This webinar takes place on October 4, 2020, two weeks before the Online weekend workshop, and is therefore an alternative, even though I would still recommend watching the video. If you sign up for this workshop I will automatically admit you to the free Webinar.

Refunds and Cancellations

Payments are refundable upon request of cancellation (except a $15 processing fee and the Paypal/Credit Card fee of 2.9%). Due to the short period of time between signing up and the actual start of the workshop, cancellations are not in full. Cancellations between September 15 and (including) September 30, 2020, are subject to 50% of the total in charges. No refunds will be issued within 17 days or less of notice before the workshop starts. Of course, there are individual cases and we will do our best to consider those cases.

No-shows are not entitled to any refunds.


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