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The Art of Black & White Photography – Volume 1 by Jean Michel Berts

The Art of Black & White Volume 1 by jean Michel Berts

 Discover one of the most powerful black and white post processing tutorial. See jean Michel Berts as he shoots and edits his photos. 

You will discover a unique way of making black and white that will change your post processing for ever.

  • Software Photoshop
  • Lengths 1 hour and 42 minutes

WHAT'S INSIDE THIS TUTORIAL ?

This tutorial is around 4 different projects. I interview and film him as he is taking photos for his latest book called the “Lights of Jerusalem”. We also go back to Paris and he show you two other photos. He then show all the retouching from A to Z for this four projects. 

The final retouched photos will then be sold in galeries all over the world. This is unique chance to get one of the best workflow you can have on black and white. All you need is Photoshop, from version 7 on !

 

“I just wanted to thank +Jean-Michel Berts and +Serge Ramelli for putting together one of the most inspirational tutorials I’ve seen called “The Art of Black and White”. I have been a fan of Jean-Michel’s photos  since Serge introduced him to me during one of his videos. Ever since I have been waiting for him to divulge the process he uses to create such dynamic black and white photographs. Finally he has. I’ve already gone through two-thirds of the videos and can say that the way I look at processing has been changed significantly. ”  MB

 I downloaded the purchase The Art B&W tutorial of Jen-Michel Bert,you absolutely right he is a genius!!
Simple but very powerful- I hope to met him some day and take a picture with him. To me he is the French Ansel Adam I’m sure you would agree
It’s very rare and a blessed to have someone like him in are life time. JMA

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REVIEWS & COMMENTS

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  • ROBERT YAN

    I DO NOT HAVE A PAY PAL ACCOUNT BUT I WANT TO BUY J M BERTS TUTORIAL. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO DO IT. I DO NOT WANT TO OPEN PAY PAL ACCOUNT BECAUSE I HAVE TO DISCLOSE MY A/C NO. IN THE INTERNET. … I BOUGHT YOUR LIGHTROOM TUTORIAL ALREADY WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE PAYPAL.
    APPRECIATE YOUR WORK AND I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM #1 TO #49 NOW. THANKS AND PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
    REGARDS.
    ROBERT
    (HONGKONG, CHINA)

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Robert,

      In fact you do not need Paypal, just click on the Paypal button and a couple of screens later you will have the option NO paypal account, it will ask you for Credit Card and that’s all no creation of any Paypal account.

      Hope that helps,
      Serge

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      • William Patton

        Will this work with CS5?

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  • Kåre

    Hi there,

    Looks interesting, but is there a 3-4 minutes demo on the actual tutorial, not just you talking about it :)? Some info on chapters would also be great. It’s two hours, but how much is Berts talking on eg retouching and technic?

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello, in all it’s over 2 hours and 90 % is pure tutorial with Photoshop and the rest is how he shoots.

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      • Surya Chataut

        Hi,

        I am also interested in this tutorial however would like to get a preview of the actual editing. Is there such a video?

        Thanks,

        Surya

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        • Serge Ramelli

          There is no preview of the actual editing, sorry.

          Reply
  • Steven Cochran

    I have been using and studying your app QuickStart 4 HD.
    Outstanding course.
    Since I am colorblind, am retired on a fixed income, I am interested in better understanding black and white. I would love to download the new Bert’s tutorial but I don’t have Photoshop, nor can I afford to buy Photoshop. Would the tutorial be of any value without photoshop?
    Are you planning any Lightroom B&W tutorials in the future? I would certainly by a user.
    Next question, I see you have a good number of tutorials, both free and purchased. I am planning on getting more of your develop modules, but I do not want to duplicate what I have. So, what are the app names I should buy next? I think they are Learn Retouching Lightroom HD 4 Edition and Lightroom 4 Retouching II HD. Is that correct? (Paid version of course)
    Thanks for your help.
    By the way, your response regarding the link to the raw files worked flawlessly, thank you.
    Steven Cochran

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Steve,
      Tks for your interrest !
      The Art if Black photography can only be done with Photoshop. Jean Michel workflow require Photoshop (even a very old one can probably be found for very little money), let’s Photoshop 7 for example would work. His technic is impossible to do with Lightroom, so there will never be a Lightroom version.

      You have purchased Lightroom 4 quickstart, which gives you an overall of Lightroom. I advise you to purchase Lightroom 4 retouching and Lightroom 4 travael retouching. All that is different retouching projects that you get with the raw file so that you can train on your own speed. It focus only on retouch and nothing else.

      Hope you enjoy !

      Serge

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    • Didier Hannot

      @Steven

      Hi Steven.

      I cannot imagine to buy PS neither.
      But I bought PSE – Photoshop Elements 12 ( the last version ), and with some plugins like Elements XXL, you can reach mainly all the functionnalities you have in PS. Obviously, the way to work with the functionnalities and their place in the interface might be a little bit different, but you can easily achieve the goal. I hope that this info might be useful. Best regards, Didier

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  • Roberto Territo

    You can pay in Euros

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    • Serge Ramelli

      No, you pay in Dollars but paypal will make the conversion for you !

      Reply
  • Gerald Garcia

    Serge,
    Stupid question. I’m not really good at downloading tutorials on my Mac and I love your training tutorials. I’ve been wanting to purchase your tutorials for weeks and even more so with the new Bert’s tutorial.

    Do the downloads come with easy to understand downloading instructions?

    G.G.

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Gerald,

      You will get a mail with links, you just click on them, then you have decide where to put the files, choose anything you want. The download begins. Once you have finishing downloading you will get a big zip file, all you have to do is double click on it and it will uncompress and create a new folder with all the courses and a PDF with the instructions. Honestly it is very easy, it is just a matter of a couple of clicks !

      Serge

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  • Kim

    Hi Serge,

    When I tried to purchase the art of b&w tutorial, I wrongly typed the dis. code as ” photoserge” but the system still offer 10% to me , I added the correct code with previous wrong code together and the system finally counted total: USD 69.3……. Is it correct price for final dis. sale of the product??

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    • Serge Ramelli

      There was some errors in the discounts, but this should be fixed now =)

      Reply
  • rbfigueira

    Hi,

    Is the 4 images in high resolution to see the details ? Can you tell me the size ?

    Thanks

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    • Serge Ramelli

      The images are about 1200 or 1500 pixels wide.

      Reply
  • Michael B

    I have been watching tutorials from Serge on Youtube and enjoyed his entertaining personality and easy to follow process. However, I was hesitant to purchase this tutorial, as I was sure it would be based on the same methods. So let’s get this out of the way – This is NOT the same as other tutorials by Serge Ramelli! The technique of Jean-Michel Berts is fascinating. It was lovely to see the old school philosophy behind his work. There are several combinations of methods that can achieve similar results. This method is that of a purist and the end result is one that contains more than the sum of its parts. As advertised, the method is astoundingly simple, easy to follow and understand. However, like anything worthwhile, it will take time to master.

    Thanks for a great tutorial.

    Michael

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  • Shivang Anand

    Sir,Is it possible to retouch the black and white only in lightroom ..Because i dont know so much about the photoshop how to retouch the pics in that .Because I wanted to purchase the whole Black and white lessons..

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  • chris giammona

    Serge

    Love your work and I have bought most of your tutorials and presets. My only concern with the B&W course is that you get JPG’s with final print but not the RAW files to work on. What I like about your courses and tutorials (most anyway) is that I can get the RAW files and follow along with the actual workflow – it really helps.

    Any thoughts on other RAW files that could be used to experiment with?

    Thanks

    Chris

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Chris,
      Jean Michel Berts raw file is the only not available due to the fact that final photos are being sold for a lot of money. But you can use any raw files from my podcast or my training.

      Serge

      Reply
  • Mary

    Hi Serge, I’m very interested in both your Workflow and the black & white tutorials. I have mobile broadband Internet and it can be very unreliable. What size are the zip files for these tutes?

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hi, They are between 1 and 2 Gb.

      Reply
  • Richard Hartley

    Hi Serge, Thought you should know, I have tried to download your b&w tutorial, I give up.
    Follow your pod and have Lightroom downloads, enjoy both, so I looked forward to a birthday treat (Jean Michel Berts download). When I select UK as country I only have paypal option, tried United States form because credit card option available, not surprised this was not accepted. I do not want a paypal account.

    Good luck with your business and downloads
    Richard Hartley, United Kingdom

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hi,
      This should be fixed now, you should be able to buy from anywhere =)

      Reply
  • Fred

    Hi Serge
    Will I be able to download Mr. Bert’s tutorial directly to my IPad?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Fred

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Fred,
      No first you will need to download to a PC or Mac and then drag and drop the videos to the Ipad, but it’s very easy; All the videos are optimised for the Ipad.
      Serge

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      • Goran Kindwall

        You can actually download directly to your iPad – providing you have the “FileApp Pro” app installed.

        The download is pretty slow, but once completed click the “open in..” button and select FileApp Pro. The file will be unzipped and all chapters, photos and readme txt will be easily available and runs perefectly.

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        • Serge Ramelli

          Great tip !

          Serge

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        • Josh

          You might be able to start the download on the pc and then drop into the iTunes while the iPad is connected. Or even via iTunes drop directly in the file app (choose APPS and scroll down to the list of all apps and choose the app and select the ADD… Button)

          Reply
  • Dustin

    Hi Serge,
    I’m a big fan of yours so thanks for all of your help. I don’t have any training in photoshop and I’m wondering if the black and white tutorials will be too difficult for me. Is this something that people with experience should purchase or will people who don’t know anything about photoshop be ok? Also, does he give away all of his secrets to making photos look exactly like his or just a couple to make them look similar.
    Thanks,
    Dustin

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Dustin,

      If you know nothing about Photoshop, I advise you to first do the Photoshop CS 6 quickstart before doing the Jean Michel Berts Black and white, you will be able to follow along better.

      Serge

      Reply
  • Tom Øyvind Hogstad

    Hi Serge, I had my second view of the video today. I noticed a lot more “details” and found it possible even more inspiring than the first viewing. Thank you very much for putting this together. One thing I find sort of missing is what focal length JMB is using? Actually I’m very curious about the lens in general as you mention that it is a 30 year old lens?

    Thanks,
    Tom Ø.

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Yes it is a very old lens maybe not 30 but at least 20. Look on ebay for Nikkor 20 and 35 mm AI lens that opens at 2,8. They are pretty cheap.

      Serge

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  • Paul newell

    Great tutorial,well worth the price.truly amazing pictures and technique. Jean Michel Bert’s is a master for sure.

    Reply
  • Laurent Coppee

    Wonderful tutorial!
    It’s great to see the artist at work. Thank you, Serge and Jean-Michel, for this.

    Reply
  • Rick Elmore

    Serge,

    Just wanted to know that I am going to purchase the Bert’s tutorial.

    I’ve been a fan of you podcasts and have learned an emminse amount of theory from your tutorials……..

    I live in Las Vegas…….the next time you come to. LV I want to buy you a great meal and thank you in person……..thanks for passing your knowledge along.

    Sincerely, Rick

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello rick,

      Tks a lot, I hope you enjoy it. I might be in Vegas in Sept for Photoshop world, not sure yet.

      Serge

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      • Rick

        Serge, if you do schedule a trip to Vegas and would like to meet up I will take you to Lawry’s (on Flamingo) or Del Frisco (on Paradise)…….there are other places to go, but those two are EXCEPTIONAL restaurants…..and, I will pick up the tab…….just let me know.

        Thanks for serving photography in a classy milieu……..

        Sincerely,
        Rick

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        • Serge Ramelli

          Wow! Thank you! =)

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  • Andy

    Hi Serge, Thanks for all your tutorials and good work. I have purchased most of your Lightroom & Photoshop tutorials and your full workflow tutorial. Just finished watching JM Berts Art of Black & White, loved it. A couple of questions though, 1. JM is adamant about f32, what about diffraction 2. Does JM do any lens correction and 3. What lenses does JM use.
    Thanks again for your time and great tutorials.
    Andy

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Andy,

      I now it crazy, he doesn’t get diffraction because, he goes black and white and I guess he has a very good lens. He uses an old Nikkor 35 mm from at least 20 years ago, he shot 99% of all his book with it !
      He doesn’t do an lens correction, I know crazy when you look at the result with his books.

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  • Annie

    Hello, I’m glad to say I was recently introduced to your videos through a Mike Browne photography video. I don’t have Photoshop but I do have Photoshop Elements 11. I think you mentioned that Jean Michel Burts’ techniques may work using Elements but is there a way to be certain before I buy the turorial?

    Thanks, Annie

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    • Serge Ramelli

      You cannot follow EXACTLY on PS Elements as the interface and tools are different. So I think it is possible, but it will depend on your existing knowledge of PS Elements.

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  • Iakovos Spetsios

    I want to buy th B+W tutorial by Michel Berts but when I click on the video presentation to get the price
    reduction coupon 20% nothing appears giving that possibility.What shall I have to do to pay
    97 dollars minus 20%?
    Iakovos

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    • Serge Ramelli

      When you hit the “Direct Download” button, you are prompted with a discount code. Add the discount in there, and it should work.

      Reply
  • Carmine

    Hi Serge. I would like to know if JMB teaches even in the tutorial, the motion-photo tecnic. Tank you. Carmine

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    • Serge Ramelli

      No, this is not about his motion photos.

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  • Kari Korpihete

    Thanks to Serge and Jean Michel really good tutorials. I found these through a new dimension of enjoyment and image processing.

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  • Choy KF

    Dear Sir,
    Am very keen to purchase JMB’s The Art of Black & White. However in similar situation as “Dustin” having no knowledge of Photoshop only Lightroom 4.
    Your advise is to learn Photoshop CS 6 quickstart first.
    Is “Full Lightroom and Photoshop Tutorials Package @ USD 63″ or “Photoshop Package @ USD 40″ similar as Photoshop CS 6? Apart from the above JMB’s tutorial my intention is to also learn Photoshop editing hence needs your advise as to which package I should invest in.
    Your advise would be greatly appreciated.
    With best regards.

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello, Well if you to get better at Lightroom I advise to go for the full package on Lightroom and Photoshop, if you only want to learn Photoshop go just for the Photoshop package, if you are short on money just take Photoshop CS6 Quickstart and JM berts tutorial. Tks for your interest !

      Serge

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  • Richard Romero

    Dear Serge Ramelli,
    Can you please inform me, what the focal length of the lens Mr .Jean Michel Berts uses. To me it looks like a Nikon 45mm which is one of few nikon lenses that closes down to f/32.
    Regards, Richard

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    • Serge Ramelli

      My mistakes he uses 3 lens 20, 35 and 60 mm all close to F22, expect the 60mm which the Nikkor Macro lens that closes to F32.

      Serge

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  • Tom Rutherfoord

    Thanks for putting this together. I’ve used the techniques on a few photos and I like the results very much. Even on a portrait, though it was tricky to decide what to do around the face. It was valuable to learn how to use the Levels adjustments.

    Just a note. The Quick Mask mode was selecting everything EXCEPT what I painted in black. You have to double-click on the QuickMask icon and set the option from Masked Areas to Selected Areas. Otherwise, you have to invert each selection…

    Keep up the good work!

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  • Lucas Silveira

    In buying the material “The art of black and white tutorials by Jean Michel Bert” images in RAW are available for download and training?

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello Lucas,
      No, only jpp small res. He sales his photo $4000, so I could’t put the raw file there !

      Reply
  • R. Wornan

    Serge,

    Does your limited 30% offer include Bert’s B&W training?

    Also, can you explain the difference between volume 1 and volume 2.

    Regards,

    Bob

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello yes the 30% applies to everything but stops the 11 oct.
      Look at description of each tutorial you will see the difference for each !

      Serge

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  • Steve

    Hi Serge,

    Re the 30% discount on this course. When I put it in the basket it still shows as $97. Is there a code to use?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Serge Ramelli

      Did you add the discount and then hit the “update cart” button?

      Reply
  • Sue

    I have PS Elements and LR4. I may buy LR5.
    Would it be better to get the LR black & white tutorial, or the PS black and white tutorial. Which software will give me the better B&W results?

    Reply
    • Serge Ramelli

      The Art of Black and White courses by Jean-Michel Berts are done with the full version of Photoshop. You could get very similar results using photoshop elements, but you wouldn’t be able to follow step by step.
      If you are not very familir with Photoshop Elements, I recommend you get the Black and White course with Lightroom, which works (99%) with Lightroom 4.

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  • Chris Burgess

    Hi Serge,
    I’m new to photography and to photo editing, I have lightroom 5 and enjoy your tutorials very much, please keep them coming! I also have photoshop 6.0, would this enable me to follow Jean Michel’s tutorial? alternatively would the latest version of photoshop elements work with JMB’s tutorials?
    Kindest regards,
    Chris Burgess.

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    • Serge Ramelli

      Hi,
      Photoshop 6 would work perfectly, and certainly better than Photoshop Elements.

      Reply
  • Werner Weyhing

    Hallo Serge,
    i really want to buy the tutorial of Jean Michel Berts! But first i am interested in the language that is used in the video.
    Best regards!
    Werner

    P.S.: I really enjoy every new video you release!

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    • Serge Ramelli

      The videos are in English. Some may argue that my English is Frenglish, but they don’t understand me in Frenglandia.

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  • Helder Vinagre

    Bonsoir,

    Grand fan depuis longtemps de JM Berts par ses livres, et de vos propres oeuvres photographiques et tutoriels, c’est avec grand plaisir que j’ai acheté le tutoriel sur le N/B avec Lightroom par vous même, et ce tutoriel de JM Berts.
    Ces deux tutoriels sont d’une qualité exceptionnelle et m’aident à entrapercevoir des modes de travail que j’étais loin d’imaginer. Ils sont superbes, et l’investissement entraine inévitablement une nouvelle façon de travailler ses propres photos.
    Je vous remercie ici, tous les deux, de nous permettre d’entrer dans votre workflow de photographes professionnels et d’amméliorer ainsi nous même notre workflow.
    Un très bon investissement !

    Cordialement

    H.Vinagre
    http://www.heldervinagre.com

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  • Andrew Reed

    Hi all,

    BUY THIS TUTORIAL !!

    I am as far removed from an artist as you can possibly get, which is why I love photography, it sort of does half the work for you.

    I’ve been looking for the other half, how to post process what I shoot… and I’ve found a great place to start. This tutorial shows really easy techniques of how to create really dramatic B&W images. With a bit of practice I hopee it’ll work for me.

    My first attempt… http://500px.com/photo/52742298

    Thank you Serge and Jean-Michel.

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  • Raymond Lee

    hello i bought the tutorial when it first release …. no problem so far watching it in windows PC .. Now wanted to watch it in latest iMac but it fail . anything i missed out ? TQ

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  • Kristoffer Nilsson

    Hi Sergei!

    Love your work and I am on a shopping run now when you have your great christmas discount. I just wounder if this course will be able for just light room? I try to move all my work to lightroom instead of photoshop.

    Take care

    / Kristoffer

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  • Didier Hannot

    Dear Serge and Jean-Michel.

    I had the pleasure that see Jean-Michel’s tutos during a visit to a friend of mine.

    The ratio between the simplicity of the technic and the quality of the effect is simply impressive …

    Both the explanation on the shoot and the development bring a lot of information …

    Convince by the quality of these information, I’ve bought the second module as I am often doing landscapes. I will have a look on it as soon as I can.

    Serge and Jean-Michel, thanks a lot for all this share, and I am waiting with impatience the future tutos of Jean-Michel on his YouTube channel.

    Best regards,
    Didier

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  • Barry

    I am interested in The JeanMichael’s B&W Tutorials. I have PS and LR. What level of experience with PS would you need to use his tutorials?
    Thanks

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    • Serge Ramelli

      You just need to know what a curve and an a level adjustement is !very simple

      Reply
  • Barry

    Do his tutorial use layers?

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    • Serge Ramelli

      YEs mainly curve and level layer adjustements

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  • Manny A.

    Hey Serge I purchased the tutorial but I was wondering how does he do the night shots where the lights are very vivid? And also the videos are of great lengths but in all honesty you guys could have done a better job at explaining things and being more organized. Also some of these things can be done in LightRoom, since it’s non destructive. Thanks.

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  • Aubrey Martin

    Great insight into the old masters of Photography and the way they made images in the past!
    Perhaps I’m an old timer but I can connect with these techniques from capturing just one or two images through to the stunning finished image! Jean Michel even surprised you Serge sometimes!
    A very worthwhile video set for anyone interested in Black and White photography!
    Thank you so much!

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  • Tom Loates

    Hi Serge, I have just returned from overseas holiday today and noticed your email about the above course with Jean Michel Berts whom I also admire his style of photography and have missed the close of date for this promotion as I had little or no Internet in the location I was in in Indonesia. Will you be running this promotion again and if yes, will you please email your subscribers. Your tutorials are great and I am sure we all learn so much from them.

    Regards
    Tom
    Western Australia

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  • lance

    I decided to get this while the discount was in effect and sure glad i did. The process is quite simple but very effective. I am spending all my free time practising this technique. Watching to see when part two goes on sale. One issue I am having though and perhaps someone who has this can help, when I make my selection I need to press alt-ctrl-i to invert it. I cannot see a way to make this default. I did email Serge but did not get a response yet. Hopefully he will see this.

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  • artola

    existe-t-il une version française du B&W de JMB?

    Reply
    • Serge Ramelli

      Non malheureusement !

      Reply
  • Colin Utz

    Hello Serge,

    This is a very inspiring tutorial!

    Although most people will buy the video to learn Jean-Michel Bert´s Photoshop technique, which is realy easy, there is another aspect, why I recommend it – at least, when using one of your regular discount promotions ;-).

    JMB´s approach of evaluating the scene on location, finding out the best time, and than shooting with the final result in his mind, is far more important, than the technique he uses in Photoshop.

    Again, very inspiring tutorial! Highly recommended!

    Colin
    http://www.colinutzphotography.com

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  • l. wang

    I purchased this The Art of Black and White tutorial and video today, June 9, 2014.
    But my windows media player cannot play the files.
    What can I do next?

    L.Wang
    wangalameda11@gmail.com

    Reply
    • Serge Ramelli

      Hello L. wang,
      Try using VLC, these videos are heavily compressed so as to fit a lot of training into not a too big file size, and on some machines only VLC will play the video well (it has been mostly trouble with windows machines)
      You can download VLC here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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      • Michael Vinson

        They work perfectly if you load them into iTunes.

        Reply

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