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Black and White–Exposure to Print
Have you always wanted to make your black and white photographs have a bit more to them? Do you find yourself constantly seeking solutions in the form of this preset or that action, only to find yourself let down by the promise of a“magic”solution? Well, it could be that you just need to get back to some basic fundamentals and thinking to help you get your black and white photographs looking the way you see them in your head. Join PeteRezac, as he explains his thought process of creating black and white photographs–be it a portrait subject, a still life object, or a beautiful landscape. Pete will discuss the process of consulting with clients about what colors and tones to wear that will set up for a successful black and white portrait, including how he calculates his exposure, and the basic adjustments he makes during his post processing using both Lightroom and Capture One. He will also share what plugin he uses to do his conversions .Pete will also help you translate that information on how he uses the same techniques be it some acorns or scenic shot of Lake Tahoe–it’s all about calculating exposure. It is great to get something looking great on the screen, but it is one of Pete’s fundamental values to make sure his vision is completed in the form of a tangible print. Something that can be held, enjoyed without electricity, and something that has the best chance of standing the test of time! Pete will show you how he prints his photographs on to some of the finest photographic papers available using Lightroom. Digital printing has come a long way since the first days of the digital revolution, and lots has been done to make this a very simple and easy process for you to do yourself should you want to explore the options of printing locally. This is a brand-new program Pete has put together for IPPA and he’s excited to share his passion for black and white to the final print with all of you.
Pete Rezac - Master Photog., Craftsman, CPP
Pete Rezac, a portrait photographer based in Reno, Nevada, still chooses to work with medium and large format cameras and film in creating his fine art portraiture because of the tactile process it provides him in creating his work ,along with the rich tones and high fidelity of the photographs that come from these tools. Seeking an authentic look to his children character portraits, Pete was inspired to create timeless portraits showing children at their best. This work has earned him numerous accolades from the photographic community. Pete holds the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from the Professional Photographers of America, along with the Professional Photographers of California Master Photographer and Service Medallions. He is also a PPA approved Certified Professional Photographer Exam Preparation class instructor and active educator teaching and mentoring other professional photographers throughout the United States. Pete is also a Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition Approved Juror. Pete also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of America and, is a past President and Chairman of the Board for the Professional Photographers of California.
Accomplishments: Pete has earned the PPA 100 speaking merits bar and about half way to earning his second 100 speaking merit bar.
Pete has earned his International Photographic Competition 50 merit bar for excellence in International Photographic Competition.
Pete has earned the Imaging Excellence Award for placing 13 images into PPA’s prestigious Loan Collection
Pete has been featured in “Professional Photographer” magazine for his Children’s Character Portraits, Charitable Marketing, and being a Certified Professional Photographer
Pete has taught both pre-convention and platform demonstration programs at Imaging USA in 2018 and 2019
Pete was awarded the PPA National Award from the Professional Photographers of California in 2020