The Art of the Black and White Print, with Dan Steinhardt and Josh Haftel

In this class you'll learn about the key elements of a successful black and white photo and how to set up your digital workflow to take a photo captured in color through conversion to B&W in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 right on to printing on an Epson R3000.

Dan “Dano” Steinhardt from Epson is joined by Josh Haftel from Nik Software and our very own Matt Kloskowski for a class filled with discussion and demonstration centered around the art of the black and white print. In this class you’ll learn about the key elements of a successful black and white photo and how to set up your digital workflow to take a photo captured in color through conversion to B&W in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 right on to printing on an Epson R3000. This class will fill you with inspiration and arm you with the knowledge to create your own killer black and white prints!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 11:38)

Join Dano, Josh, and Matt for an introduction into the class and overview of what's to come.

Lesson 2: What Makes a Good Black and White? (Duration 10:30)

Matt, Josh, and Dano discuss what types of subjects are a good prospect for a B&W print.

Lesson 3: Stories Behind the Prints (Duration 09:26)

Dano brought along a number of B&W prints and shares some of the stories behind them.

Lesson 4: Paper Types (Duration 12:03)

Choosing a paper for your print is a personal and subjective decision, but Dano demystifies some of the language around the choices that are currently available.

Lesson 5: Workflow Considerations (Duration 05:15)

Learn about the key elements in a digital workflow for creating a killer B&W print.

Lesson 6: Overview of the Epson R3000 (Duration 06:34)

Dan gives an overview of the Epson R3000 printer that will be used for printing in the lessons that follow.

Lesson 7: Overview of Silver Efex Pro 2 (Duration 19:07)

Josh gives an overview of Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2 before Dano takes a photo through a basic B&W conversion all the way to a print.

Lesson 8: A Dano Kind of Picture (Duration 12:55)

Dano takes a second photo through a little more advanced B&W conversion through to the print.

Lesson 9: A Different Approach (Duration 14:15)

Josh goes through his workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop to Silver Efex Pro 2 and takes a closer look at Silver Efex's toning features.

Lesson 10: Advanced Functionality (Duration 15:53)

Josh goes through some of the more advanced funcationality of Silver Efex Pro 2.

Lesson 11: Print Workflow on Windows (Duration 07:50)

Up to this point all photos have been printed using a Mac, so Dano takes a photo through the print settings on Windows.

Meet Your Instructor: Dan Steinhardt

Recognized as a photographic imaging industry leader, Dan (Dano) Steinhardt has over three decades of business experience in photography. In addition to national academic achievement, Steinhardt was first recognized for…

Meet Your Instructor: Josh Haftel

Josh Haftel was interested in photography at a pretty young age, but it wasn't until he was Yearbook Photographer in high school that he found it to be his true…

15 Comments

  1. Very nice course, i would love have an such printer at home ! Thanks Dan and the silver efex guys for making us more understand how black & white work Amicalement, David

  2. Love this course. Would have liked to heard more from the Nik guy (forgot his name) on using Silver Efex Pro. Seemed like he had to just hurry through it. Would love for Kelby training to do a whole class by him on Silver Efex Pro and/or any other Nik filters.

  3. Brilliant course. I never realized how many of my color shots I have gone through in Silver Efx and carefully converted them to B&W. I have an Epson Stylus Photo T59, and sadly, Epson supplies are no longer available in Ukraine nor will Epson US or Europe ship them to me :-(. I may be stuck with inferior inks and papers but I still make those prints. Thanks you for this wonderful class and discussion!

  4. very nice course, so much info in so little time. thumbs up... one question tho, whenever Danno prints out a picture the print looks "blue'ish??" cold....??? very difrences from whats on hes screen. why is that??

  5. I watched this course three times. It is absolutely excellent, especially if you have the 3000 printer. The bonus was the mini course in Silver Efx Pro 2. Two different but great guys who made a must see class. Thanks to both of them and you for posting another winner! ---- No, I'd keep it between us

  6. I found this lesson very basic and learned little. I understand that you need to make beginners' courses, and that product placement is an important revenue source, and if this was a free course I wouldn't leave a negative comment. But it isn't and I expected more. Won't go into detail with my criticisms but am hoping that you'll do an intermediate or advanced printing session some time, perhaps with a specialist print maker. I am sure many of your viewers would like that.

  7. This is one of the best tutorials on black and white that I have ever viewed. Congrats to Dano and Josh for making black and white printing and working with HDR Silver Evex Pro 2 so much easier. I almost think that this one course is worth the price of signing up for Kelby Training. Thanks guys!

  8. Very useful course. Best of all, I discovered several sliders in Siler Efex Pro that I didn't know existed before! Looking forward to putting the info I learnt from the course into practice.

  9. This course was very well done. The initial dialogue could have been tedious but the presenters kept it interesting. I learned a number of tips to improve my workflow and will get better results from both Silver Efex Pro2 and my Epson 4900. Thanks guys!

  10. Outstanding course! The segment on the different paper types was incredibly helpful to me, as I recently dusted off my old film camera and want to start printing but have little knowledge of the types of papers available. I know I'll go back and watch this course again as I continue down the film path.

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