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Digital Black and White Printing

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Digital Black and White PrintingLearn how to print beautiful black and white images in the digital darkroom. New papers, advanced printers and software have made black and white printing all part of digital photography. No longer do you have to work in the chemical darkroom to make great prints, or give your images to labs that may, but usually don't make the prints the way you want them to look. In this 4-week online photo course, Shutterbug magazine Editorial Director George Schaub shows you how black and white photos offer great tonal and textural play - a wide variety of available expressive renditions.

Key Features

  1. An Appreciation of Black and White
  2. Paper and Ink: Setting Image Size and Printer Properties
  3. Selections: Working with Select Areas in Your Images
  4. Digital Black and White "Toning"

  • Especially suitable for serious hobbyists and intermediates.
  • Get great B&W prints in the digital darkroom.
  • Learn how to "convert" from color digital images to black and white.
  • Learn basic scanning technique when working from negatives and slides.
  • Learn how to set up your digital camera to get great b&w results.
  • Learn about Layers, Layer Masking and advanced Photoshop techniques - speciaifcally for b&w printing!
  • Learn how to set up your printer to get b&w prints.
  • NOTE: This 4-week course has been adapted - with updated lessons - from George Schaub's former 8-week Digital Black and White Printing class. 

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: George  Schaub George Schaub
George Schaub is the Editorial Director of Shutterbug and Petersen's Photographic magazines.

He has authored many books, including Focus on Digital Landscape Photography (Lark Books, 2010), The Digital Photolab: Advanced Black and White Techniques, and Using Your Digital Camera.

George has taught black and white printing in the US and abroad, and is a member of the faculty at the New School University in New York. His work has appeared in numerous gallery shows and museums.

For more of his work, visit his Web site:

Note: Don't miss the BetterPhoto interview with George Schaub.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© George Schaub 

© George Schaub 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: An Appreciation of Black and White
Acquiring Images: digital cameras, film and scanners.
Assignment: Work with file format and image quality, and shoot a variety of pictures.

Lesson 2: Paper and Ink: Setting Image Size and Printer Properties
Working with Images: color conversion, exposure and contrast adjustments
Assignment: Choose images that need corrective exposure and contrast work. Submit before-and-after images.

Lesson 3: Selections: Working with Select Areas in Your Images
Working with layer masks and burn and dodge tools.
Assignment: Choose images and apply the Layer Mask technique to each.

Lesson 4: Digital Black and White "Toning"
Advanced printing technique.
Assignment: Now's the time to post your images for all to see ... anything goes!

© George Schaub 

© George Schaub 



  • Images to work with.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later.
  • Inkjet printer.



Is this course intended only for beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographers?
This course is open to any photographer - from beginner to pro - who has always wanted to make beautiful black and white prints, without the "smell, mess and clean up" often associated with a chemical darkroom. 

What about equipment?
A basic camera kit (camera and a 28-80mm lens) will come in handy if you'll want to shoot NEW images. However, each weekly assignment will allow you to pull material from your existing files.

Also, since this is a course on digital printing, you will need a computer with a photo-imaging software program such as Adobe Photoshop. The course is taught using Photoshop CS2 or greater. 

Does it matter if I shoot print film, slide film, or digital?
No. Students can shoot anything - film or digital, color or b&w. And you can scan color or b&w source images from prints, too. Once it's in a digital format, it doesn't matter.

If you don't use film at all - if you use a digital camera - you should just shoot "normally" (i.e., in RGB color). 

Can I use photo imaging software on our weekly submissions?
It's not a question of CAN, but rather a matter of YOU MUST! However, this is not a class on special effects and the wild graphic creations that one can create with Photoshop. This class, on the other hand, will explore the art of simple yet stunning black and white print-making via Photoshop. 

© George Schaub 

© George Schaub 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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