Discover the full potential of your monochrome printing in this small group hands-on workshop


Location: Open Studio Workshop Centre. Scotland

Dates: Sept 19-24, 2017

Cost: £1580

To book…


As I’m sure you know, Adrian and I love black & white photography, especially in its printed form. Over many years, we have both evolved our own way of seeing in monochrome and have each developed a camera-to-print workflow to match. High time, we thought, for us to get together for a week, to share what we’ve learnt and to do this with a small, like-minded group.


Each day we will have printing-related demonstration-discussions, covering key topics (see the list below), with plenty of time to put into practice what we learn and time-off on location. Everyone will control their own printing, using their preferred paper and the chance to experiment with others, connected to Epson or Canon printers via the studio network.


We’d love you to join us for this special, intimate week of black and white. We are sure to learn so much from each other. If you can join us, please let us know what you would like to add to the list, be it to share or to learn from the group and us.


Fine-tuning our black & white printing:

– Share workflow/post processing practices: including the use of plug-ins, such as Luminosity Masks, Zone Masks, noise reduction, sharpening techniques, trouble-shooting, etc.

– Lightroom and Photoshop: using them together, clarifying which is best for what.

– Understanding tonality: how brightness and contrast affect mood and meaning.

– Printing from different file format-sizes: from full frame to mobile phone.

– Soft proofing: using the paper profile to preview the print on screen

– Proofing: why it’s important to make work prints. Using the Canon pattern print software and other methods of proofing.

– Printer drivers: the difference between using B&W modes and printing RGB with paper profiles.

– Choosing papers: baryta, cotton rag or others? Which surface?

– Print viewing: printing for different lighting conditions.

– Interpreting the image: balancing the image. Developing a personal aesthetic.

– Feedback: content, style and interpreting the print. Do we always select the right image to print?

– Presentation options: individual images, diptychs, triptychs, folios, exhibitions, inkjet printed books and the like.

– Experimentation: why and to what effect?