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Black And White Photography Workshop

The Art Of Monochrome

Small group photography workshops

Learn Black And White Photography On The Jurassic Coast

Black and white photographs have a classic appeal which stand the test of time. Without the distraction of colour, we can introduce an air of mystery and atmosphere into our images, an interpretation of reality. Making a black-and-white image allows us to deconstruct a scene and to re-explore the basic elements of composition, lighting, tonal contrast, texture and form. Monochrome is also the perfect medium for creating stunning minimalist images.

You will learn…

  • Introduction to monochrome principles – ‘seeing’ in black and white, classic vs minimalist monochrome landscapes
  •  Understanding the role and importance of colour in making monochrome images.
  • Working with the available light
  • Compositional techniques
  • Use of neutral density filters
  • Post production techniques using Lightroom, Photoshop and SilverEfex Pro2

Ability level

  • Suitable for all aside of the complete beginner

Fitness level

  • Moderate – Good – some steep uphill walking, beach boulders & potential slippery rocks to navigate. Very steep slopes to Durdle Door & Corfe Castle viewpoints. Moderate slope to Seacombe.


  • Andy Page

Workshop Details

Group Size

Max 6




4 days


Deposit 30%

Meeting Place

Rookery b&b, Swanage

Main Photographic Locations

Swanage pier & beachfront, Pevril Point, Durdle Door, Man O War Bay, Kimmeridge Bay, Seacombe, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacey beech avenue


4 days of photographic tuition and demonstrations, post production sessions


Accommodation, transport to and from Swanage, meals, personal insurance, equipment insurance, drinks from the bar


Recommended accommodation is The Rookery b&b. Contact Sarah if you would like accommodation arranged for you.

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Learn the art of black and white photography on the stunning Jurassic Coast

Spectacular scenery

With the use of graduated and neutral density filters along with superb editing software, the opportunities for creating beautiful monochrome landscape photographs are now endless. The key, as always, is getting it right in the camera in the first place.

The Jurassic coast of Dorset is the ideal base for our workshop with a wide variety of subject matter for black and white landscape photography. We will explore the capture of both wide landscapes and close up abstract photographs, how to add creative impact using filters and the use of long exposures to show the passage of time.

Learn To Visualise In Monochrome

Our workshop is aimed at those wishing to learn the art of ‘seeing’ the landscape in black and white. We will help you to visualise in mono and how to choose the best light and subjects for effective monochrome capture. You will gain a better understanding of the critical role of colour in making monochrome images and how different colours are altered by post processing and filter selection. We will also be looking at the art of composition and what makes a successful monochrome photograph.

Develop Black And White Post Production Techniques

Included in the course of the workshop will be a number of image critique sessions during which we will give feedback and advice on the images you have captured. This workshop will also incorporate post production sessions using Lightroom, Photoshop and SilverEfex Pro2 to enable you bring to life your envisaged images.

Upcoming Black and White Photography workshops

Black And White Photography Workshop - General Information

The workshop is aimed at those wishing to learn the art of monochrome photography. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome however if you are a complete beginner it is advisable that you complete a 121 basic landscape workshop first. Please call Sarah on 07760 498 112 to discuss.

Over the course of the workshop we will work with you to develop your vision in terms of monochrome capture. You will be guided on how to work with the available light, and the main considerations for black and white captures in terms of subject matter. We will also look at composition and the use of filters to enable you to capture the best images possible ‘in-camera’ ready for post production on the final day. We will give you both practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field, at locations chosen to both challenge and inspire you. We will also look at the creative and abstract side of photography.

We will meet at 4pm on the first evening at the Rookery, Swanage, for with an introductory talk on monochrome techniques and considerations before dinner. You will also at this stage be briefed on the workshop programme for the next 4 days.

Our practical photography commences the next morning and runs through until 1:00pm on the final day. We will visit a number of diverse locations, all of which will offer you numerous challenges and provide you with ample opportunity to practice a number of techniques.

We will have the opportunity to review your images in our image critique sessions when you’ll be able to discuss them with your tutors and receive constructive feedback as we look back on our photography.

The workshop has a relaxed format and is designed to be enjoyable as well as well as educational, so aside of improving your photography you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and most importantly have fun! There will also be time to relax and chat over dinner in the evenings.

You will need to make your own way to and from Swanage. We will have one to two vehicles to take us between locations each day. A volunteer driver will be required if numbers dictate, and fuel reimbursed at the rate of 27p a mile.

Our base for pick ups and drop offs will be the conveniently located Rookery b&b, Swanage Please make your reservation directly with the b&b.

A moderate to good level of fitness is recommended for this workshop. There is a steep walk down( and back up) to Durdle Door and a steep climb up to the viewpoint for Corfe castle. There is also a 20 minute walk on the flat to Old Harrys Rocks.

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera ideally with both wide angle and telephoto lenses
  • Tripod
  • Cable/remote release
  • Whilst not essential, you will benefit from bringing neutral density graduated filters; a polariser and a neutral density filter.
  • A rain cover for your camera. 

A laptop and card reader is required to select and review your images for the purpose of our image critiques and you will also need your laptop for our post production sessions. Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email sarah@imageseen.co.uk for more information.

Unless stated otherwise, group workshops will only operate with a minimum of four photographers. In the event of your workshop being cancelled by Sarah Howard due to there being less than four participants your payment will be refunded in full including your deposit.

Please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment. It is also recommended that you take out personal insurance in case you need to cancel. You may wish to consider Staycation Plan

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