Course description

The aim of The Art of Black & White in Lightroom Classic is to teach you how to create beautiful black and white photos in Lightroom Classic.

Your time is valuable so most of the video lessons are less than twelve minutes long. You can take the course at your own pace – binge watch every video in one go or watch one a week. It's really up to you!

By the time you've finished this course you'll know how to get the best of your black and white photos using Lightroom Classic's advanced features.

The course has 10 video lessons (around 80 minutes of premium content) and comes with five DNG files so you can follow along and try out the techniques for yourselves.

Note: The course is designed primarily for Lightroom Classic users, but you can apply the techniques in earlier versions such as Lightroom 6 and Lightroom 5.

Total duration: 80 minutes.

Please note: This course is an update, re-published in 2020 for The Creative Photographer Academy. If you already own the first edition (included in the 2018 5DayDeal and sold on The Creative Photographer website) please be aware that there's no new material in this version and that you shouldn't buy it if you own the original. But don't feel left out – we have plenty of exciting courses in the pipeline for you to take part in this year!

What you will learn

These are just some of the things you'll learn in the course.

  • Why seeing in black and white is just as important as Lightroom technique.
  • How to prepare your images for the black and white conversion.
  • How to use local adjustments to make your black and white photos pop.
  • How to use the B&W panel to take control of the tones in your black and white photos.
  • How to use the Tone Curve panel to adjust tones and create the trendy matte effect look.
  • How to improve your black and white photos by adding vignettes and split tones.
  • How working in black & white differs in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom 6.

Lesson 1: Seeing in Black & White

Watch the first lesson for free:

Course curriculum

  • 1

    The Art of Black & White in Lightroom Classic

    • Welcome to the course!

    • Lesson 1: Seeing in Black & White (6.05)

    • Lesson 2: Getting Started (4.21)

    • Lesson 3: The Basic Panel and Local Adjustments [DNG] (11.44)

    • Lesson 4: The B&W Panel (9.31)

    • Lesson 5: The Tone Curve Panel (2.57)

    • Lesson 6: The ​Effects and Split Toning Panels (5.29)

    • Demo 1: Black and White Landscape [DNG] (10.58)

    • Demo 2: Chairman Mao Watch [DNG] (12.48)

    • Demo 3: Black & White Portrait [DNG] (11.30)

    • Demo 4: Black and White Landscape [DNG] (5.18)

    • Download 1: Video tutorials (303 MB)

    • Download 2: DNG files (4.36 MB)

  • Stream or download

    Stream video content live from the website or download video files to your computer. Your choice, your way.

  • Structured content

    View the course from your own dashboard and see which chapters you've already completed.

  • 100% money back guarantee

    Buy without risk! We're so confident that ​The Art of Black and White in Lightroom Classic Course will surprise and delight you that we're giving you an unconditional guarantee. If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied with the course just let us know within 60 days and we’ll refund the purchase price in full, no questions asked.

Meet your teacher

Andrew S. Gibson

My name's Andrew and I'm a photographer, writer​ and teacher. I'm passionate about photography and I love teaching other people how to create amazing images. My books have helped thousands of photographers just like you get better at their craft and learn how to use Lightroom Classic. I'm looking forward to sharing all the secrets I've learned about ​creating beautiful black and white photos with you!


  • Jim

    Your book is by far the best that I have read. No kidding, you explained some of the stuff on 2012 Process and exposure that I could never keep straight. The chart on shadows/blacks/whites/ highlights and where they kick in is priceless. Really great.

  • Nancy

    Just wanted to say thanks for your extremely helpful books – particularly the Mastering Lightroom series. They’re a great starting point in creating a workflow which is far better than just a ‘this is how it works sort of guide. It’s been eye-opening and useful, even for a rank amateur home hobbyist.

  • Pearl

    I found Mastering Lightroom Book Two amazing… I sat at the computer going from your book to Lightroom, practicing each part in the process. Your book made it so easy to understand each part! I will be recommending your books without hesitation.