Forget converting to gray scale and learn everything about making amazing black and white images in the lab and in the field

Forget “convert to grayscale.” This five-day workshop provides the time to cover everything you want to know about black-and-white. Hands-on. From how to make gallery quality inkjet prints to the “best” black-and-white conversion techniques; we’ll cover it all. Step-by-step Photoshop demonstrations, individualized instruction, and practice time in MMW’s state-of-the-art digital lab teach participants how to do great black-and-white “darkroom” work digitally.

While lab-time will focus on creating, processing, printing, and presenting black-and-white work, field trips will allow the class some play-time to enjoy the beauty of mid-coast Maine, make new images, and learn to shoot better for monochrome. Every student will complete the course with a new understanding of how to “think” in black-and-white. Participants will also learn which inkjet printer/paper combinations rival (or exceed) traditional darkroom prints, and why understanding color-management and image-resolution is critical for consistent, repeatable, best-quality results. By the end of the week, everyone will have their own beautiful B&W prints to take home as well as a virtual arsenal of Photoshop techniques to bring their B&W work to the next level.

Prerequisite: This course is not for beginners; participants should be entirely comfortable with Mac computers and Adobe Photoshop. 



Jean Miele

Recognized for his finely crafted digital photographs, JEAN MIELE’s original prints have been exhibited in galleries from New York to Norway, and reside in numerous collections. Jean (pronounced “Gene”) is also internationally known as an educator whose “digital darkroom” workshops demystify Photoshop and empower students to realize their own photographic vision. Miele has taught for: Adobe Systems; Apple Computer; the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York; Fuji USA; the Santa Fe Workshops; the Norwegian Fotografiakademiet, and many others. For more information, and to see his latest body of work, “The Vintage Series,” please visit:

Course Dates

Jul 31 to Aug 6



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