New Black and White Post processing Speed Workflow iSGM 2.0 – 2014 update add-on

My brand new black and white photography post processing speed workflow tutorial, a video produced in collaboration with FotoTV international – InternetTV about photography (tutorials, news), is available as of NOW. Click here to order your copy.
Duration of video: 2hrs 12 minutes new material and 1 hour 11 minutes with bonus tracks from the older video tutorial making it 3 hrs 23 minutes in total.
Regular Price: 39.95 Euros / 49.95 USD for outside Europe.

What’s in it and what’s the difference with the previous B&W Masterclass video tutorial?

The black and white Speed workflow is an add-on to the previous B&W Masterclass video tutorial, also produced in collaboration with FOTOTV, and an evolution of my iSGM B&W workflow. The video can also be used as a standalone video, without needing the previous B&W masterclass video tutorial. This B&W Speed workflow will help you develop the skills needed to create B&W fine art images in a faster and also more controlled and subtle way than in my older workflow by integrating the use of luminosity masks to my iSGM method, called iSGM2.0. Click here to view the detailed table of contents of this video.

Concept behind the B&W Speed workflow: Identify, isolate and control light and shapes 

After taking the shot, whilst keeping in mind an effective composition and the visual impact of the photo, and when you start working in the digital darkroom, then every photograph, whether it’s color or black and white, consists of 2 major elements that first need to be identified and then isolated, to finally be able to control it: Light and shapes. My iSGM2.0 workflow is designed to convert color photos to B&W fine art photographs, regardless the original color information, as all photo editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop, including plugins as NIK SEP2 and Topaz, are designed to do and therefore restricting the artistic freedom to some extent. The iSGM 2.0 workflow objective is to convert color photos to B&W according to your artistic vision, independent of the original color information, with full control of the 2 key elements in a photograph: light and shapes. After visually identifying the shapes that form the key compositional elements in your photograph,  you need to create so-called ‘hard selections’ to isolate them. After isolating them, these shapes can be controlled by using tools like gradients according to the iSGM method. Besides visually identifying the light in your photo, light can also automatically be identified in Photoshop by creating luminosity masks. After creating the luminosity masks, light will at the same time be isolated in various degrees of brightness.  Light can then be controlled partly by the iSGM technique and completely by the use of luminosity masks. Luminosity masking is a method documented and made accessible to the public by Tony Kuyper. Combine both and you will have complete and subtle control over any B&W photograph. There are no technical limitations anymore to realize your artistic vision.

Bonus material

We have included some parts of the Masterclass video as a bonus to the Speed workflow so that you don’t have to purchase the Masterclass video to use the Speed workflow.
Advanced (Masterclass) users will find the Speed workflow an interesting new tool in their box. They can skip the bonus material and go straight to the Speed workflow details.

More bonus material: the medium sized original editable tif files from New York City skyline shot.

Since we want to enhance the learning experience we’ve included the editable medium sized tif files from my awarded photo NYC skyline at sunrise so you can try out and practice with the suggestions in the video right away without needing to shoot a similar photo yourself.
See the preview here:


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