Black and White Photography Essentials


Colour is such a strong element in photography, that it can often “steal the limelight” from other elements such as texture, tone, pattern and shape. Being able to “see in Black and White” takes a bit of practice, but the ability to craft a high-impact monochrome image will certainly add a feather to your cap!

In this 90-minute video, I'll lead you through an in-depth examination of one of the most revered genres of photography, explain tone and contrast, and help you to identify which images work best in monochrome. You'll also receive a summary document, and you will have access to the video for two weeks.
Black and White Photography Essentials - online workshop with Mieke Boynton

Experience level:   Beginner / Intermediate
Format: video (pre-recorded)

Duration:   90mins
Cost:   $25 (AUD)

What topics will be covered?

•    Simplifying the scene
•    Understanding tones and the "tonal range"
•    The importance of contrast
•    5 high-impact elements for B&W photography
•    Shadows, reflections and silhouettes
•    Composing for Black and White photography
•    Assessing whether an image works best in colour or monochrome
•    Processing in Black and White
•    Achieving monochrome shots in-camera


"I have recently completed the Black and White Photography Essentials workshop. Another fantastic learning experience with Mieke that encompassed everything that I needed to get me started in this genre of photography. The workshop content with this course outlines the fundamentals of black and white photography and essentials that you need to consider in terms of subject, composition and post production techniques. The learning is paced and flows logically to enable you to follow and understand the concepts and skills required. The course notes enable you to study the examples and the fact that the video can be played on your own time enables the learning experience to fit into your schedule. I thoroughly enjoy this method of learning and find the workshops highly educational and absolute value for money. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the art of Black and White Photography."

“I recently completed Mieke's B&W Photography Essentials Course and it was fantastic. I thought I had a good eye for B&W but I learned so much more from Mieke and her tips for looking for the right shot. Thank you Mieke it was great.”

"The Black & White Photography Essentials is my second online course with Mieke. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the tutorial. Mieke offers clear explanations and good examples of tone and light values and how tonal range can affect the mood/atmosphere of an image. Fantastic value; so much to be gained for such a small outlay of money."

“Attended Mieke's B&W Photography Online Workshop last night and loved it! She presented the theory side in an easy to follow way with great examples, encouraged the practical aspect of taking B&W photos in camera and discussed other b&w photographers - all in a a very relaxed style. Would highly recommend her workshops and hope one day to be able to attend one in person. Thanks Mieke!"

"It exceeded my expectations. I've read a lot about black and white photography but none went into the detail, particularly relating to tonal range, that Mieke did. The workshop gave information, but then gave examples, so the meaning was clear. A lot of places assume you have a certain knowledge, particularly about terminology, that you might not have, so examples were the "glue" that held it all together for me."

“Did a Black and White Photography Zoom Workshop with Mieke today and she was fantastic! Her images are amazing and she is so inspirational she just wants to make you get out with your camera! Will definitely do another or perhaps a photography trip sometime in the future!”

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