"Black & White Conversion in Photoshop: A Vision Driven Approach "
by Cemal Ekin, MNEC-RI
Monday, April 6, 7:30 PM

This presentation was initially booked for February but was canceled due to snow. Now that we have had to postpone the NECCC interclub print competition that was booked for April, I was pleased to be able to ask Cemal to reschedule this great teaching presentation and join us in April. Our presenter joins us from Rhode Island where he retired from Providence College as Professor Emeritus of Marketing in 2012 after 36 years of service there. He states- ‘Teaching has been a terrific experience for me and has influenced how I share what I know about photography’. He has been involved in photography for over 60 years, but switching to digital photography around mid 1990s has proved to be a very fertile ground for him. He writes about photography to sharpen his understanding of it. He states-‘I have very eclectic interests in photography from salt and pepper shakers to architecture, from landscapes to flowers, from people to macro photography. I photograph my experiences, I photograph life and what grabs my attention’. Recently a collection of dried orchid blossoms gave birth to a ballet Orchis. It was performed first in 2013 and then again in 2014 featuring my photographs as an integral part of the performance. He learned the tools of this new world, Photoshop and Lightroom and enjoys sharing what he knows in presentations, workshops, private mentoring and tutorials.

Cemal has had nine solo exhibits in three different states, issued limited and open edited folios, and published photo books and magazines featuring his work. His prints can be found in public and private collections in the USA and abroad. In 2014 I was honored with the title of Master Member –MNEC- by the New England Camera Club Council. Please visit his website www.keptlight.com to view his work and learn more about our speaker.

Black and White photography requires different sensibilities and different tools. There are many different ways to convert a digital photograph to a B&W. Some prefer to use additional plugins, yet Photoshop offers powerful tools to do the conversion. In this program we will explore B&W aesthetics and present some Photoshop techniques that offer flexibility, tonal control, color toning, and not based on additional plugins or software. Learn to use the program you have and your sensibilities.