Black and White Mastery Workshop with John Paul Caponigro


Join John Paul Caponigro to delve deeply into black and white imagery during the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere. You'll learn the heart of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, including the latest advances. Use the power of digital imaging and printmaking to advance your unique vision!

  • Date: Dec 10-14, 2018
  • Destination: Caponigro Arts, Cushing, Maine, USA
  • Genre: B&W, Fine Art, Printing
  • Skill Levels: Intermediate
  • Group Size: Max. 12
  • Includes: You'll leave with at least one exhibition quality print and the confidence that you can make great prints in the future.

Workshop Details

The Fine Art Digital Printing workshop series offers the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere.

You'll learn more in one week than you learn in a semester in college.

This workshop closely follows the content of Jean Paul Caponegro's most popular workshop, The Fine Digital Print Intermediate, but delves deeply into black and white imagery.

Mastering Black & White

To make the best black and white image today a digital photographer's standard practice needs to be revised entirely, starting with making exposures in color and converting them to neutral images, enhancing them with precise curve control, going further with digital masking's extraordinary possibilities, and finally choosing between an enormous array of print media from traditional materials, such as silver gelatin, to inkjet prints capable of producing the blackest blacks of any available media and being toned limitlessly.

With these techniques you'll learn a new way of seeing, which will open up a world of possibilities for you when you go to make exposures.

The Black & White Mastery workshop translates traditional photographic language and practices into new digital media.

You'll see, use, and evaluate a variety of printers, ink, papers, drivers/RIPs and profiles.

You'll learn how to look at and what to look for in great prints. Specific focus will be directed to Epson printers.

The Heart of Photoshop Will Be Revealed

By the end of the week you will have taken a sophisticated tour of the fundamentals of the digital imaging process, a recommended workflow, and a variety of techniques and tools to help improve your digital files and prints.

You'll leave with at least one great print and the knowledge you need to get the results you're looking for when you return home.

You'll also leave with a vastly expanded set of possibilities for making images.

Getting You Involved

With more change to photography in the last decade than in it's entire history, this is a very exciting time to be involved.

Come find out about the latest developments in digital printing and see what the latest printers and media can do for you and your images.

Put the R/Evolution to work for you.

Use the power of digital imaging and printmaking to advance your unique vision!

Topics You'll Cover

  • Color Management
  • Proofing
  • Essential Printing Tests
  • RIPs
  • Substrate Surveys
  • Integrating Lightroom, Bridge, Camera RAW, and Photoshop
  • Fine Art Workflow
  • RAW Conversion
  • Smart Objects
  • Color Adjustment
  • Black & White Conversions
  • Selection and Masking
  • Resolution and Resampling
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sharpening Workflow
  • Input, Creative, Output
  • Print Finishing, Handling and Storage
  • Exhibition Practices
  • The Business of Fine Art

You'll leave with at least one exhibition quality print and the confidence that you can make great prints in the future.

Getting Feedback On Your Work

Reviews for this workshop are brief. They take place informally throughout the week as you work on your images and during breaks.

Viewing Original Masterworks

One of the best ways to learn how to make better prints is to expose yourself to great masterworks.

You'll develop an eye for the aesthetics of photographic printmaking.

You'll become sensitized to the many nuances that add up to make a great print.

During John Paul Caponigro's workshops you'll see original master works from the history of photography including original prints by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Kurt Markus, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Chris Rainier, Joyce Tenneson, George Tice, Jerry Uelsmann, Brett Weston, Minor White, Huntington Witherill, and many more.

Some Masterworks that will be reviewed by John Paul Caponigro

This Workshop Is Right For You If

You want to acquire a rock solid foundation for all of your current and future digital imaging and digital printing needs and the confidence that you're getting the best results you can.

Also see Fine Art Digital Printing Intermediate, which covers the same material but with less emphasis on black-and-white imagery.

Getting Ready - Preparing for the Workshop

You will need... An open mind and curiosity are the primary requirements for this week.

You need a portable computer, digital files, and Photoshop.

You should be comfortable with Photoshop. If you're familiar with layers, blend modes and masks but have yet to master them, this is the workshop for you.

Consider John Paul Caponigro's Advanced workshop only if you've mastered them.

You should be familiar with the topics we plan to cover and ready to advance your knowledge at a rapid rate.

The more you bring to the event, the more you'll take away.

Become a Part of Our Community

When you take a workshop you become a part of a community. You discover how much you have to learn from others - and how important that is.

You also discover how much you have to give to others - and how good that feels.

You will be able to connect and stay in touch with people who have similar shared experiences and interests on dedicated Facebook and Flickr group and John Paul's Alumni blog.

"The Black and White workshop was great because of the teaching and explanation of the concepts. Being able to go thru all the steps and actions, and viewing and discussing John Paul's images and those of others." —Bob Greenberg

Caponigro Arts Location

All Caponigro Arts workshops are held at John Paul's private studio in Cushing, Maine.

Workshops typically run from 9am - 5pm.

Studio courses offer one early (5-7) and one late evening (5-9) lab session. Studio workshops are held primarily indoors. Short field trips are scheduled by request only. Field workshops involve some travel and substantial time on location.

Preliminary and final sessions are held in studio.

Maine is beautiful!

You may want to photograph in the area before or after class.

You may also want to arrive or depart a day or two early or late and experience some of the gems of the area.