Black & White Landscape Photography Tutorial

– by Kate Silvia

Explore the world of black & white landscape photography with Silver Efex Pro2. Create dramatic photos with an emphasis on form, texture, shadow, and light.



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  • 9 teaching videos for nature photographers who want to create dramatic Black and White landscape photos.
  • 70+ minutes of video content – explanations, examples, workflow, case studies.
  • In-depth explanation of the step-by-step process that will teach you how to harness the power of Black & White landscape photography to create works of art.
  • 5 Case Studies provide an in-depth look at software and techniques for creating black and white images with impact.


  • Compatible with: Photoshop CC 2019 and higher, Lightroom Classic 2019 and higher, NIK Silver Efex Pro2. Note: Nik software will also work with DXO Photolab 2 Essentials.
  • Video Created with: Photoshop CC 2019, Lightroom Classic 2019, NIK Silver Efex Pro 2


  • Develop a solid black & white landscape photography workflow using Nik Silver Efex Pro2 software.
  • Learn to go beyond simple processing in order to add mood and drama to your black & white nature photos.
  • Master techniques to add contrast, grain, & texture  to your black & white images.
  • Discover how pros create high-key monochrome images and add soft color tones to their landscape photos.
  • Gain a clear understanding of advanced post-processing techniques using real life case studies in our straight-forward, non-technical lessons.

How do I know if this Black & White Photography Tutorial is for me?

This tutorial is for you if:

  • You have a basic knowledge of RAW processing in Lightroom.
  • You have a basic knowledge of image adjustments, and layers & masks in Photoshop.
  • You want to learn about the features and operation of NIK Silver Efex Pro2 post-processing software.
  • You want to create dramatic landscape photos with an emphasis on light, shadow, texture, and form.
  • You want to develop a solid NIK Silver Efex Pro2 workflow for artistic black and white images.

This tutorial might not be the right fit if:

  • You are just getting started in post processing. If you don’t know how to use Lightroom, you may want to find out more before you start this course.
  • You want to learn the basics. You’ll get the most from this course if you have some knowledge of RAW Processing in Lightroom.
  • You want in-depth explanations of how image adjustments, layers, and masks work in Photoshop. In this course, we assume you are familiar with Photoshop.
  • If you want to learn about camera settings including exposure, focus, and composition. This course is focused on post-processing only.

About Black & White Landscape Photography Tutorial

One of the first things I learned after switching to digital, was how to convert a color image to black and white. The mere flexibility without having to change film was such a treat. The conversion can be done in a number of ways. Lightroom has some fantastic capabilities for black and white photography, and presets are available if you want to keep the process quick and simple. Photoshop will allow for more creativity with the use of layers, blending modes, masking, and other tools. My personal favorite is a plug-in by DXO called Nik Silver Efex Pro2. Since its release over a decade ago, Silver Efex has become my “go-to” software for black and white photography. Whether you’re just curios about black and white processing or a real fan, this tutorial series is for you!

Here are some of the case-studies included in this Black & White landscape photography tutorial: