B&W Photography
Eric Jones

Saturday, February 3, 2018
2:00 PM -> 4:00 PM

Recently, the conversion of digital RGB images to black and white has experienced increased interest and awareness.

This talk will introduce the myriad of B&W conversion schemes available in Photoshop. There are about two dozen or more B&W conversion methods and some the experts favorites will be presented with examples.

Over time I have developed my own B&W conversion Action and my reasons for developing it will be presented with several examples of RGB->B&W

Strong emphasis will be placed on discouraging the listener to use the simple Photoshop grayscale conversions. Additionally, commercial Photoshop plug-ins such as nik SilverEffex Pro, Topaz B&W, etc., will be discussed.

The goal of this talk is to encourage the listener to be able to anticipate and adjust the combination of colors and tonalities that may prove to be troublesome before using any B&W conversion process. A discussion on how to choose a B&W conversion path for each type image will presented, but in the end, your selection will depend on your workflow.

A thumb drive (Mac and PC) will be available for copying with a few of my Actions
that I use for B&W conversion scheme.

Eric D. Jones Bio

Eric retired in 2002 as a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. He received his B.S. in Physics in 1957 from Oregon State College, a M.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in 1959 and Ph.D. in Physics also from the University of Washington in 1962. Eric joined the Solid State Physics Research Department, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. In 1965, Eric transferred to Sandia National Laboratories where he served as a member of the research staff in Solid State Physics. In 1997, he was appointed to the position of Senior Scientist. Eric was also elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Over the years, Eric has specialized in sports photography, flower photography and black & white presentations depicting the unusual beauty of New Mexico landscape. Eric’s images have received numerous local, regional, and national awards.

Many of his images have been published by the Charles Darwin Society, New Mexico Magazine, Albuquerque Arts, Professional Photographers of America, North American Nature Photographers Association and Digital
Photo Pro Magazine. In 2014, Eric was awarded a Master of Photography degree by the Professional Photographers of America.

Eric’s images have also been displayed in several galleries and photographic shows. A short listing includes: Annual New Mexico Photographic Arts Show, Albuquerque Photographers Gallery, Boston Museum of Science, InnerLandscape Art, New Mexico Cancer Center Society, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Photo Arts Santa Fe and the Watermelon Gallery