Black and White photography workshops teach you all the skills to create beautiful fine art black and white photography with an amazing three-dimensional quality and rich shadow tonality. The complete digital workflow from concept to print.

Primarily one to one instruction, landscape photography workshops can be expanded for additional friends; each participant receiving a discount. You choose the group members as I do not place strangers together. See Prices below for discounts.

Black and white photography workshops last one week. Only 24 students taught each year. I only run two private photography workshops each month. Please book your 2019 workshops early. Booked on demand, no preset dates, held all year.

City of Art and Sciences architecture from fine art black and white photography workshop. David Osborn.
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What will I learn on the Black & White Photography Workshop?

The Qualities of All Good Photography. You learn to Create:

01. Black and White Photos with Rich Tonal Range

Shadows must reveal tone and detail. It is the cornerstone of quality black and white photography. The minute they fill in and become solid, they lose reality because our eye does not see shadows as solid black. This is the most common weakness in most photographers black and white images. All camera response curves destroy the shadow separation and most photographers don’t realize this. We must correct this defect to get rich, sublime shadow detail and tones in monochrome photos.

02. Simple, Bold but Harmonious Monochrome Compositions

Composition is the ability to look at the scene as flat, two dimensional abstract shapes and see how one shape interacts with another. Good composition is finding a balance of all the shapes to create harmony within the frame. Only a small movement of the camera greatly changes the balance and harmony of the image. The bold architecture is the perfect location for Black and White photography workshops to teach you how to create bold, simple and harmonious compositions.

03. Black and White Photographs That Communicate Light

Without light, we have nothing; we have no photograph. The direction and quality of the light influences every aspect of the photograph from a feeling of life, mood and drama to the three-dimensional feel of objects. The futuristic architecture is ideal for studying how light separates objects and creates mood and form by simply walking around the buildings and looking. Architecture makes this subject very easy to explain. They are the same principles that we use in landscape photography.

04. Using Black and White Tones to Create a Sense of Form

Giving every object a feeling of solid form is critical for creating the rich black and white photograph and the illusion of real objects sitting in a spacial landscape, some near, some far. We want to create objects with form so real, that we feel we could put our hand into the photograph and hold them, pick them up and rotate them, feel what is behind them. Buildings are great objects to teach the subject of how light creates form given they are so three-dimensional by nature.

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City of Art and Sciences architecture, Valencia, Spain. Black and white photography training workshop. David Osborn.

05. Using Black and White Tones to Create a Sense of Texture

Creating a sense of texture, the tactile quality of objects is subtler, but it is a quality we should strive to enhance. Texture is one of those qualities that help the illusion of reality in the photograph. Portraying the surface quality of objects, making trees ‘feel like trees’, rocks ‘feel jagged’ and water, ‘smooth’. Clouds ‘light and delicate’. The feeling that we could touch the objects with our hand and feel all their textures. Every object and surface have their own ‘texture signature’ that we need to identify then enhance.

06. Using Black and White Tones to Create Spatial Depth

A critical subject of the Black and White photography workshops is teaching spacial depth. Spatial depth is creating the feeling of one object in front of another and how one object is closer to us than another. If we do, we then create a photograph with the illusion of real depth; the feeling we can walk right into and around the photograph; not just ‘look at it’. Spatial depth gives a reality that transforms the photograph we merely look at, to one we psychologically engage with and explore.

07. Using Black and White Tones For a Three-Dimensional Feel

The photograph is an optical illusion; making our brain believe we are seeing objects when, reality is it is just a collection of tones. If we have incorporated all the above qualities, we have probably created a convincing optical illusion. However, three-dimension is also an overall, cohesive quality. The Black and White photography workshops teach how we can improve its three-dimensional feel through adjusting the tones to correctly portray what happens in real life.

08.Mood, Atmosphere and Drama in Black and White Photos

Lastly, mood, drama and atmosphere. The non-mechanical and more artistic quality. This is creating a photograph with soul, the feeling of something extra present than what you just see. It is the human creativity and artistic component of the black and white photograph. It is the quality a machine cannot recreate, the quality that makes the image your own personal work of artistic expression. Combining all these qualities above, is so you can communicate your opinion, vision and idea about the scene.

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City of Art and Sciences architecture, Valencia, Spain. Black and white photography course with Photoshop. David Osborn.

Why City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain?

Benefit 01. Learning the Basic Qualities of All Good Photographs

The Black and White photography workshops teach the basic qualities of all good photographs, the very same qualities that make good landscape photography. The architectural environment in a confined area, is perfect for explaining and then creating each of these qualities. The landscape environment is far more confused. “Compose the subject, photograph the light and print the atmosphere”. The City of Arts and Sciences is the perfect environment to put this motto into practice.

Benefit 02. Less Weather Dependent, More Reliable Workshop

Valencia, Spain is more guaranteed good weather for teaching. Weather creates the light and mood in a landscape photograph; but weather is very unreliable. Good weather and architecture provide a far more reliable combination to teach the above principles within the limited time frame of the workshop. Many landscapes photographs are nothing without suitable weather; the weather is the subject. This places more risk on the quality and consistency of the workshop images to practice on.

Benefit 03. Great Location to Learn Photography Composition

Composition is all about understanding where to stand and how objects relate, move and interact with each other. The smallest movement of the camera position dramatically changes how objects align. In the condensed architectural environment this subject is far more easily taught because the simplified architectural lines show the interactions more clearly. In the landscape the principles remain the same, but the complexity of the landscape and distances involved make it harder to see and teach.

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City of Art and Sciences black and white photograph of architecture from Black and White photography workshop. David Osborn.

2019 Digital Black and White Photography Workshops

Black and White Workshops Spain. The Location and Hotel

The City of Arts and Sciences is the entertainment and cultural complex in Valencia, Spain. Stunning architecture by Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela, inaugurated in 2005. The complex contains an IMAX cinema, museums, oceanographic park and opera house with the hotel of choice for the black and white photography workshops is only 400 meters from the The City of Arts and Sciences, a quick 5-minute walk; ideal for early morning and late-night shoots. The Photoshop post processing tuition is held in the hotel.

Course Information. What to Bring, Included and Not Included.

The cost of the fine art black and white photography workshops in Valencia, Spain is tuition only. Travel to and from Valencia, Spain or hotel accommodation and meals is not included in the price. I can book the hotel accommodation for you, so we stay in the same hotel near The City of Arts and Sciences. You need to bring your camera equipment including tripod, laptop with Adobe Photoshop and notepad and pens for taking workshop notes. There are no entrance costs into The City of Arts and Sciences.

Spain Black and White Photography Workshop Price

Multiple Person Discounts

The Black and White photography workshops in Valencia, Spain are intended as private, one-to-one tuition. However, multiple people can attend at a very reduced cost per person, but it is up to you to arrange additional members, I never put strangers together unless stated as an open group workshop. Group workshops do reduce my time available to concentrate on any one individual. Costs below exclude my return travel from the UK and any hotel expenses incurred. All expenses are reimbursed at cost price. The 8-days quoted include travel and departure days, 6 full days of black and white photography and Photoshop post processing instruction.

One Person, One-to-One Tuition

Cost per Day, £362


3 Person Workshop. Cost per Person

Cost per Person, per Day £237 – Save 33%


2 Person Workshop. Cost per Person

Cost per Person, per Day £287 – Save 20%


4 Person Workshop, Cost per Person

Cost per Person, per Day £212 – Save 40%


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One digital photography workshop covers Previsualization, Photography and Photoshop; taking you step-by-step through the complete process of creating fine art landscape photography. Improve your existing skills and learn new skills to create a well practiced, documented workflow for you to follow after the workshop. One to one tuition, booked on demand, no preset dates. Workshops in Great Britain, brought to your home overseas or travel with you to a third destination worldwide.

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