The Art and Craft of Black & White Photography w/ Richard Sexton | Feb. 5 - 13, 2021


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  • Join Leica Store Miami and fine art photographer Richard Sexton for an online, five session workshop covering the aesthetics and techniques of black and white digital photography.

    A film image shot on a Leica M4 in 1974, which traces my b/w photo experience back to the beginning.

    The course will begin with image capture and culminate with the processing of the digital file in Lightroom, followed by optimization in Photoshop to achieve the desired visual effects. The techniques of shooting with a dedicated monochromatic camera and conversion of color captures to grayscale will be covered in detail. The online course will feature keynote presentations showing examples of black and white photography and the equipment used to create the images; as well as real time sessions in Lightroom and Photoshop demonstrating how to optimize the captures to create dramatic black and white imagery. Assignments will be given, which will be critiqued in the concluding session.

    If you have always admired the tradition of black and white photography and the work of great photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand, then this is a workshop designed to help you take your black/white photography to a higher level.

    Another film image shot on a Leica M4 in 1974.

  • Class Size: Limited to 8 attendees


    Friday, February 5th from 3:00 to 5:00PM Central time

    Saturday, February 6th from 3:00 to 5:00PM Central time (shooting assignments given during this session)

    Friday, February 12th from 3:00 to 5:00PM Central time

    Saturday, February 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00 to 4:00pm Central time (the concluding session will consist of an overview recap and a critique of assignment work.)

    Workshop format: Five Zoom sessions

    Shot with the M9 Monochrom using an orange filter. A good example of what a b/w digital camera can do and how you can use filters for dramatic effect.

    What to Expect:

    • We’ll begin by looking at some black and white images and study how they were created; the techniques used, including the use of color filters to control gray values to create better separation between primary subject and background, as well as to create more drama and contrast in the image; metering; histogram interpretation and evaluation.

    • We’ll get into the specifics of how digital cameras actually create an image and the relative advantages of dedicated monochromatic digital cameras and we’ll demonstrate how color captures can be converted to black and white.

    • A Lightroom demonstration of both a grayscale capture with a Leica Monochrom camera and a conversion to grayscale of a color capture will be featured with an on-going Q&A during the demo.

    • A Photoshop demonstration using converted grayscale files will show how the files can be optimized for presentation on the web or for printing.

    • An assignment will be given at the conclusion of the first weekend session to be completed and emailed in for critique prior to the final Saturday session.

    • We will look at the process of “seeing” and composing in black and white; understanding light and how important it is to successful black and white photography; techniques for separating your subject from the background through framing and composition will be covered.

    Who should attend this Workshop?

    This workshop is geared towards any photographer who is interested in taking better black and white images. Participants will need a digital camera, a computer, iPad or smartphone with the Zoom app installed. Basic knowledge of photography, including exposure, depth-of-field, metering, etc. is beneficial. For maximum benefit, a computer with Lightroom and Photoshop installed, is recommended.

    Questions about the Workshop:

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 305-921-4433 or send us an email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

    Shot with the M9 Monochrom at night.

    • About Richard
      Richard Sexton is a widely published and exhibited photographer, who is also a lifelong Leica photographer, beginning with a used M4 in the 1970s and continuing to the present day with the M Monochrom. His most recent project, Enigmatic Stream: Photographs of the Industrial Landscape of the Lower Mississippi River was shot with the M Monochrom. He is also a master digital printer utilizing a post-production workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop to optimize files for printing. He uses Imageprint RIP for archival monochromatic printing on 100% rag papers. For more information about Richard's work and career see the links below:

      A bio can be found on Richard's web site here:

      Enigmatic Stream, a current project shot entirely with the Monochrom can be seen here:

      A portfolio of work from Ireland, shot entirely with the Monochrom can be seen here:

      A portfolio of work shot on b/w film with a Leica M4 can be seen here:

    • Withdrawal and Refund Policy

      Another film image shot with a 6x12cm panorama back on a 4x5 view camera.

      Enrollment is limited to 8 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

      If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

      At least 7 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund
      Less than 7 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

      Course Cancellation

      In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.


      If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

      There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

      Shot with a color digital camera and then converted to b/w in Lightroom.

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