Master Black & White Landscape Photography By Moose Peterson

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Bad weather makes great photographs! Pull on your big coat and join Moose Peterson on the stormy Oregon coast for inspiration and new ideas on how to create your own black and white masterpieces. Moose has a long history and a strong passion for black and white photography, and he shares his wisdom as he walks you through the steps he takes, from planning to pre-visualization and from capture to post-processing. You’re sure to leave the class itching to get outside in any kind of weather to practice what you’ve learned.

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Join Moose on the Oregon coast as he introduces the class.
Filters can be used to build contrast in our black and white photographs.
Black and white photography is one of the most romantic realms in photography. It can bring out emotion, character, and stories in a single frame.
After planning your trip (choosing times, location, time of year, etc.), you may want to explore different possibilities for creating black and white photographs through the use of different shutter speeds, lens filters, and post processing techniques.
Paying attention to how you can enhance the subtleties in your photographs can make all the difference in the final photo.
Visualizing the scene in black and white is critical to how you will compose a black and white photograph.
Moose shares his starting place for processing raw photos in Adobe Camera Raw (same steps for Lightroom) before moving into Silver Efex Pro.
Every black and white photograph is different and will require a different approach. Moose moves beyond the basics in Camera Raw before moving to Silver Efex Pro.
The way you pre-visualized the black and white photo will guide you through your post processing steps.
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Moose Peterson


A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books, and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and go...

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  1. Profile photo of CRider74 CRider74

    Loved this video! Thanks Moose & KelbyOne for putting this on, I found it very inspirational and educational!

  2. Profile photo of Katie Katie

    THANK YOU for this! Loved seeing Moose’s editing techniques and the intro to using Nik Silver Efex.

    Gathering bits and pieces of workflow from all of the incredible professionals on KelbyOne has not only been an invaluable resource for me in my career, but an inspirational experience for me as an artist.

    I’m going to strive to, as Moose put it here, take my passion and stick it in my pixels ^_^

  3. Profile photo of Ed Ed

    I enjoyed it and learned a lot. Very useful, although I would prefer it not be oriented so much to a particular tool. I would like more like this (shooting and processing B&W), but deeper. But not mystical, metaphysical. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Ibelieve75 Ibelieve75

    Great! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Linda King Linda King

    Something special about Moose’s classes! You feel as if you are right there with his group, or wish you were. He’s just so real. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Marc Marc

    As every landscape course by Moose Peterson…just great ! During the first part when Moose photographs different scenes you can feel his emotions through the internet. Amazing and very motivating! I like how he uses the tools in the second part. Highly recommended from Switzerland. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of micolh1 micolh1

    In Sept. 2013 we are going on a 4 week Nat. Parks trip. Starting in Vegas. I planned on converting some of the photos to black and white. I did download the Google software, I did add this to my favorites. I will use this for the pictures that I think will look better in black and white.
    Great course, great instructor easy to follow and under stand. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of dreverb dreverb

    Thanks, Moose – this video was interesting, informative, fun and a visual delight. It also gave me an insight into a beautiful area of the world.

  9. Profile photo of Gr8Scot Gr8Scot

    Great! To the point and inspirational. Not how I take and process images but it shows me another way of doing and thinking, which is really what learning is all about! Thanks Moose!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Franklin Barbiero Franklin Barbiero

    Moose at his best! Instructional, entertaining and inspirational. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of evlens56 evlens56

    a very good teacher, talks to you not down to you. would be a fun guy to have a beer with or perhaps a merlot —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of tweingeist tweingeist

    Wonderful tips and style of presentation. He is a gentle “moose” and doesn’t have to throw his weight around. I will watch parts of this over and over again until they become second nature for some of my own images. Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Linda King Linda King

    I love Moose Peterson’s outdoor photography classes. Just finished watching this one on Black & White photography, and watching parts of it again. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of Christopher Schonwalder Christopher Schonwalder

    Great course, Moose! But I went NUTS waiting for the fire to burn down a bit! Like waiting for the cigar ash to fall! But I finally got my attention back to the RAW processing and learned a lot! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Chris Volf Chris Volf

    Black and white conversion adds another dimension to our photographic thinking not to mention post processing. For those who travel with groups and can’t always be at the right place at a magic hour, black and white gives us one more chance to make a meaningful image. Moose makes this look simple and inviting and then reminds us of detail importance in cleaning up the image. Thanks for one of my favorite Moose videos. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Todd Higgins Todd Higgins

    I love the editing process. It is so simple and yet so effective! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of chuckriley chuckriley

    Moose hit another home run. He always provides useful practical information. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Michael LeClair Michael LeClair

    Moose, it is always a pleasure learning from you. You have a teaching style that is very easy and enjoyable to learn from. Thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Roy Roy

    This course was one of the best landscape ones I’ve seen so far. Moose kept it very simple and it was interesting to see how he interpreted his vision at the point of capture into his final image. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Bill Wallendorf Bill Wallendorf

    Just finished watching Moose’s course on Black & White Outdoor Photography. It was great! Very straight forward and a lot of very useful tips and advice. Thanks Moose —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of C. C.

    Awesome as always, Moose! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of ababbler ababbler

    Priceless info here! Thank you Moose! Too bad you couldn’t demonstrate the filters, I was looking forward to that. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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