Apply traditional darkroom thinking to achieve a consistent and repeatable process to realize your Black and White vision in Lightroom (or any photo editing software)

The Darkroom in Lightroom

Key Concepts Covered in this Seminar

  • The Basics of the Zone System
  • Exposing Each Frame with Consistency
  • Visualization - Learning to Previsualize the Final Photographic Print Before Taking the Picture
  • Realizing Your Vision - The Documentary Street Photography B&W Lightroom Workflow
  • Professional Evaluation and Input
  • Craig Litten new headshot, new mugshot, new mug, new portrait 2010. (Photo by Carla Hotvedt)

    Craig Litten

    Photojournalist, advertising and lifestyle photographer, documentary and street photographer

I've had a camera in my hands since I was 15-years-old and from the very beginning, my main desire was to photograph people. This led to a 20-year career as a photojournalist producing more than 10,000 published photos in print. Most recently I've been working as an advertising and lifestyle photographer for clients like Bose, Mizuno, and HBO, but my passion has always been for documentary and street photography.

I started shooting on the streets of Cincinnati in the mid-80s and then in Chicago in the late 80s. I founded and ran Street Photography Workshops from 2013-2015 holding workshops in cities like Chicago, Miami and New Orleans, and have been documenting Florida and its beaches since 1991. I've photographed three separate book projects about Florida, one is ready to be edited and two are ongoing.

Seminar Overview

This seminar is for street or documentary photographers ready to submit their work for publication, preparing to enter competitions or creating a  portfolio that reflects their creative vision.


Most photographers struggle in today's modern "darkroom." With so many digital tools at our disposal, it's easy to create and edit images in such a wide array of styles that our photographic vision becomes obscured. In this seminar, you'll learn how to make your final B&W version match your vision when you pressed the shutter. 

In the process you will learn how to keep your B&W your work consistent - a key element in developing your personal style and earning recognition as an established street/documentary photographer. 

 If you're ready to create a serious body of work to display on social media accounts, your personal website, and to present to publishers, this seminar is for you.

  • Link to join the live workshop
  • Access to the replay videos
  • Live Q&A
  • Downloadable workflow
  • Live group evaluation session with Craig Litten

Price: $49.95

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Remote Interactive Seminar

Space is Limited to a Maximum or 20 Participants

Seminar Details

Seminar Duration

2 Sessions - 2.5 Hours each

Seminar Price

$ 49.95


Intermediate to Advanced

Seminar Description

Defining your vision with consistent images can be quite the challenge, especially when shooting in black and white. In this course, you'll learn the practical steps you can take to create a cohesive body of work - one that makes an impression on the viewer and clearly communicates the way you see the world. 


In the first session, you'll learn the basics of the Zone System - what it means and how to use it in your photos, how to expose your images with consistency, how to pre-visualize prints before you even take a picture, and how to create a coherent workflow in Lightroom (or the photo editing software of your choice). We will focus on black and white images, but the principles you'll learn apply to color photos as well.

In the second session, you'll present a selection of your own images and receive personalized professional feedback to help you identify your strengths, as well as areas that you can improve on.  

Equipped with what you learn in this seminar, you'll achieve images with a consistent look and feel that match your photographic vision. In addition, you'll develop a repeatable B&W workflow (no matter which editing software you use) that facilitates the process of creating a harmonious body of work. Not only will this improve the value of your photographic legacy, it will increase your chances of having your work published by reputable journals, if that is one of your goals.


The seminar is led by photojournalist and documentary photographer Craig Litten who has published over 10,000 images over his 20+ year career.

If you are ready to get serious about your street and documentary photography, this seminar  will jumpstart your progress. Sign up today and we'll see you in class!

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Key Features

  • Create a consistent look to your final Black and White images
  • Make your final images match your vision
  • Repeatable workflow to create consistency
  • Previsualize the final image before making the picture
  • Understand and apply the zone system to your work
  • Appy the process to any photo editing software
  • Professional evaluation of your work

The importance of maintainig a consistent B&W look

Here are 8 different photographs of Craig's shot with 8 different cameras over a 35-year period. Two images were shot on different film types, and the other  photographs were shot on 6 different digital cameras, yet they all have a similar style and feel to the toning.

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