Throughout my career as a photo educator, I have taken a liking to Black and White, and I have even taught a few tutorials and courses on it.  However, I think I have only given an ounce of knowledge on the topic of monochrome compared to my good buddy Jim’s gallon.  Jim has created a new course called Advanced Black and White Artistry, and it is incredible!

In today’s world, I have two artists that I aspire to be more like. In the color world of photography that is Josh Snow, he has a mastery of color that far exceeds his years of experience, and I find myself yearning to see more and more of his emotive landscapes.   In the Monochromatic universe,  it is Jim Welninski.  I saw him speak back in 2016 for the first time, and I can still remember the brain explosion that fired off when I heard him discussing our need to create.  It was awe inspiring.

That is why I am so glad he created this course.  In every video, Jim takes me further down the rabbit hole of my artistic mind to cracks and fissures that were there, but I never knew how to navigate.  He has a way of explaining artistry that is well beyond my young years.  I am grateful to have him as a mentor and know that our meeting was a profound divine appointment.

That sounds pretty heavy.  The reason why I am telling you all of this is because I feel you need to get to know Jim as well. I am fortunate enough to have him on speed dial, and we talk a LOT! 

While he was creating his new course, he called me and said, “Hey man, can you do me a favor and take a look at these profiles for my next course?”   I happily obliged, but what happened next was well beyond our expectations.   Together we stumbled upon a very happy accident,  profile stacking 🙂

Advanced Black and White Artistry

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to stack profiles in Adobe Camera Raw.  It is a unique technique that I feel you should definitely experiment with.  Of course, the LUT profiles you have received from various educators may not produce the most amazing results all the time, but when you find yourself in a creative rut, it could be just the inspiration you need!

Advanced Black and White Artistry

Jim’s new Black and White course is sure to be a real eye opener for you.  I know his work has inspired me and can’t wait to see what it does for you!

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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