Digital Black and White Photography Workshop
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 12.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2018
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Digital Photography
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20180122_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This workshop is designed for those with a good understanding of their camera equipment and have reasonable comfort with the fundamentals of the picture taking process as well as an understanding of Photoshop basics.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Creating photography in black and white presents unique challenges for both a novice as well as those with some experience in digital imaging. A strong understanding of photographys fundamentals is critical to capturing images that translate beautifully as black and white images. Understanding of contrast and lighting take on a whole new meaning in black and white photography in comparison to color photography. Develop a superior understanding of what makes a great Black & White image, pre-visualize and shoot for B&W. Understand the basic transitions of colour into grey scale and control the process - Digital Zone System - pre-visualizing for contrast and tone - producing the highest quality Black and White photographs possible.

Program Context

Digital Photography Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a related course that might interest students in the Digital Photography certificate.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to develop and dramatize black and white photographs.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Understand the process and development of a vision.
  2. Produce conversion methods.
  3. Shoot for Black and White photography - understanding the camera settings, the histogram, the step tablet, etc.
  4. Develop RAW processing strategies for Black and White photography.
  5. Demonstrate Black and White conversion techniques.
  6. Modify and enhance using Photoshop layers.
  7. Tone Black and White photography.
  8. Evaluate and anticipate density in the final print.
  9. Utilize plugins for Black and White (eg. Nik Silver Efex Pro)

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Pass / Fail Evaluation100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Students will receive a mark of Satisfactory upon completion of this course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

What To Bring

  • Camera with manual controls 
  • Any lenses
  • Filters (not required - may be an asset)
  • Tripod
  • Laptop with Adobe Photoshop

Day 1

  • Detailed dialogue on the shooting methodologies for black and white photography
  • On-site shooting (indoors or outdoors - weather permitting)

Day 2

  • RAW processing and conversion methodologies 

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

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Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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