September 9, 2011

PowerPoint Presentation Now Available

A number of people had asked that I record my presentation to Denver’s South West Photo Club last evening.  Unfortunately we did not have those facilities available to us, but what I can offer is my PowerPoint presentation and the handout that details my Workflow.  You can download those here:

PowerPoint Presentation on “Why Black and White?” (118 mb)

Handout on my Workflow (Word Doc)

Please note that on the PowerPoint presentation I do have notes available if you view it in the editing mode.

Regarding the Workflow handout; if you’re under the impression that I’m some sort of Photoshop wizard then you certainly will be disappointed!  I tell people that I use about 1% of Photoshop’s features and use that 1% incorrectly.  Truth!

If after reading the presentation you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

My thanks to Denver’s South West Photo Club, I was given a very warm welcome!


17 thoughts on “PowerPoint Presentation Now Available

  1. Hi Cole, just went through the whole ppt. Once again I remain impressed with your work. I knew already several past works from you but it is always a pleasure to review them. I really enjoy your personal vision.

    It is amazing how some of the best (master) photographers call themselves “amateurs”. Charles Chaplin said once : We all are amateurs, life is too short to become anything else.

  2. As you know I love your work. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your workflow and view of black and white. It has reinforced my committment to forget the standard cliches and rules…and to follow my vision.

  3. Very inspiring presentation! I shared this with friends, but unfortunately the links don’t work anymore. Please consider using a different hosting service for the files.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful presentation. It’s a small substitute for your live presentation. I like your photography and your philosophy. The imgages and story from your Auschwitz photographs touched me. I’m a german and have visited a few concentration-camps. A few years ago I had the opportunity to met survivors of the camps and hear the stories from first hand. Your images correspond to my feelings about one of the worst wrong a people did to another. The ghosts of Auschwitz must not be forgotten.
    I’m looking forward to see more of your really great photographs.

  5. Wonderful Cole and thank you for demystifying Photoshop for your readers.

    Indeed Photoshop is an unbelievably powerful program. But you have let the cat out of the bag by letting people know there are a hundred different ways to get to where you want to go. There is NO one way, it is as you say… the best way is whatever works for you.

    I have +15yrs experience doing the pre-press on photographs for publication and have come full circle on this subject. I started out with trial and error… refined my methods… graduated to number crunching… then ended up right back to where I started… good old trial and error.

    It is a pet peeve of mine, where “experts” proclaim to have found THE way to accomplish a task in Photoshop. It’s not… it’s their way.

    One of the great things about Photoshop is that there are so many different ways to do the same thing. What is especially great, is that by going along different paths, you add subtle visual nuances that might never have occurred by following the current guru’s instructions.

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