The Art of Monochrome

16 October 2020

08:00 - 17:00

Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Monk Nash
Llantwit Major
United Kingdom
CF71 7QQ


Images (c)  Martyn Ferry




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. 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. 

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 Vale of Glamorgan heritage Coast is the ideal base for our workshop with a wide variety of subject matter for black and white landscape photography. We hope to visit two locations in the morning; Monk Nash and Dunraven Bay where we will explore the capture of both wide landscapes and close up abstract photographs. We will also be looking at how to add creative impact using filters and the use of long exposures to slow the passage of time. 

This 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. We will also be looking at the art of composition and what makes a successful monochrome photograph. 

The morning will be out on location shooting. After lunch, the afternoon will be spent on the demonstration of post production techniques using Lightroom Classic CC to bring to life your envisaged images. Tutor Andy Page will also touch on the use of SilverEfex Pro2. 

Accessibility – there will be a 20 minute walk to Monk Nash beach down an uneven path, then over the pebbles on the beach, possibility of slippery rocks both here and at Dunraven Bay

Lunch arrangements – Bring own lunch/snacks

Clothing and equipment - please bring / wear:

  • Waterproof walking boots, or wellies if you wish to walk in the water,
  • waterproof coast/trousers, fleece
  • Camera, tripod, lenses,
  • remote/cable release,
  • memory cards, charged batteries
  • polarising filter, ND filters - suggest 0.4 as a minimum, a Little and Big Stopper may be useful but not essential, hard or soft graduated filters - suggest 0.6 or 0.9 .

You will also need a laptop with the latest or a recent version of Lightroom Classic CC installed.

This will be a category C event with up to 6 participants.    Participants may be asked to provide information about their experience and equipment to the tutor prior to the event.

Additional charges – parking charges at Monknash ( honesty box) and Dunraven Bay - currently around £6 a day.

Meeting point:  Follow signs to Monk Nash. Drive down the lane past the Plough and Harrow pub on the right, until you reach a car park in a field which is where we will meet. It has a honesty box on the gate, please pay there.

After time spent at Monk Nash we will transfer to Dunraven Bay - Address: Southerndown, Bridgend CF32 0RP.

After lunch we will be transferring to the Premier Inn Bridgend Central for post processing - address:  The Derwen, A4061, Bridgend CF32 9ST




Mark Reeves
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Region: South WalesGroup(s): Landscape