New: Photoshop Workflow DVD for the Leica M Monochrom!

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As the first batch of Leica M Monochroms begin to be delivered to their owners, I’ve received a surprisingly large number of questions and requests for info or  a DVD on how to handle the Monochrom files. More than enough to justify producing one. The DVD is in a similar format to the previous general Photoshop Workflow for Photographers but with 15 specific examples that consist of M-Monochrom files shot under various conditions, of various subjects.

The video takes you through my modified B&W workflow specifically for the Leica M-Monochrom, and is designed to be a useful starting place for photographers wanting to get that ‘pop’ out of their files. It’s 2h10min long, in low-compression Quicktime format at the native 1440x900px resolution of my screen to capture all of the subtle nuances. Building on feedback from the previous DVD, I’ve now got a before and after preview of the files processed as examples below, as well as further improved audio quality. I also address superscaling/ upsizing for making very large prints.

Feb 2013 Update: The Photoshop Workflow Video for the Leica M Monochrom is US$65 via paypal and digital delivery – please include the product you’re ordering and the email address you’d like the download link delivered to.

Checkout now via PayPal

Thank you again in advance for your support! MT

MM workflow examples 1

MM workflow examples 2

MM workflow examples 3

MM workflow examples 4

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Comments

  1. Carlos Esteban says:

    Hi, Ming. I already own PS DVD 1 and I’m going to get an M. Is this one worth for M? Thanks.

    Ps.: we human are never satisfied – you now (for a while) make available digital download and that’s goos but… since the file is really huge (and internet is not that good here and elsewhere as well) do you think to use an download manager in the future so we can resume troubled download?

    • Sorry, I’m not sure I understand your first question.

      Download managers overload our servers and make it impossible to provide adequate bandwidth for everybody, so unfortunately that cannot change. The files are huge because of the video quality.

      • Carlos Esteban says:

        I saw above that you recommend PS DVD 1 for general B&W conversion (the one I’ve got yet). Since I’m going to get an M (not MM) and believe (from what i’ve seen here and elsewhere) files from M are closer to MM them other cameras, i wonder if this workflow adds to PS DVD 1.

        Regards.

        • Ah – the MM video is really for the MM only. What you need is PS DVD 1, plus Outstanding Images 4&5 (style/ processing for style) and the forthcoming Monochrome Masterclass (which is for all cameras) – we are currently in postproduction for that one…

          • Carlos Esteban says:

            Hi, Ming. I bought E4 & E5 and downloaded E4-p2 yet, but exceed download tries of E4-p1 (the las attempt stop around 800Mb at 13Kb speed). Could you help me?
            Regards.

  2. Sergey Landesman says:

    Hi Ming! I think I have asked you this before? Will this tutorial work with Adobe Lightroom 5.2?
    Regards,

    Sergey

  3. Dr. Elliot Puritz says:

    Hello Ming:

    Given the new pricing policy for PS might you provide information as to which version of PS will work “best” with the DVD? My thoughts would lean toward buying that version without the need to buy an entire PS subscription. I cannot locate your previous email containing such information.

    Although the images with the LMM cannot equal those taken with the 8×10 film camera and contact printed (as we previously discussed) the images thus far-when printed using a Light Jet analog printer onto Ilford Galllerie-have been remarkable. No doubt such images can be improved with skillful PS implementation.

    Pax,

    Elliot

    • We’ve had enough tools since CS3, to be honest. I only upgrade because I want to have native raw support in bridge to be able to view my files without having to go via the DNG converter first. The videos were created in CS5.5.

      • Dr. Elliot Puritz says:

        Being very naive with the digital workflow makes me ask if I can use LR5 to open the RAW files and then work with such files in an the earlier edition of PS that you allude to.

        Sent from my iPhone

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  4. I’m interested in purchasing this but is it possible to get it as a digital download? I’m not interested in waiting several weeks to get it in the mail :-(

    • Sorry, not for the moment – the file is huge. I am working on a digital delivery solution but it’s not going to be available for another couple of weeks either.

  5. Ming I would like to ask you a question. I love B&W street photography but I have not yet own a Leica. I do my work with a Nikon D700 body plus Nikon 28/1.8G, 50/1.4G & 85/1.8G. I like so much the look of your images.
    Ming should I order the “Photoshop Workflow DVD for the Leica M Monochrom” or the “Photoshop Workflow DVD”?

  6. djoko susanto says:

    Hi Ming, do you mind to write about dodging and burning techniques, thanks.

    • I started an article but realized that it’s something that has to be demonstrated, not written about – my Photoshop Workflow DVD is best for that…I believe you have a copy, yes?

  7. Jon Barker says:

    I’m potentially interested, but I use Lightroom for processing, not Photoshop. Would any of the DVD content be relevant given that?

  8. Hi Ming, I have really enjoyed reading your blog, keep up the good work! I am an amateur learning photography by shooting and self developing B+W film and then scanning the resulting negative. I have been looking for a good workflow for digital post processing. Would this DVD be suitable? I am also interested in your first DVD, do you offer combined shipping fees? Many thanks.

    • Hi Richard, this DVD does not cover the conversion process or density adjustments for scanning etc – it’s aimed at people doing raw capture. You will find some of it useful, but it won’t cover all of your workflow – that goes for both of them, actually. If you order both it’s $110 instead of $125.

  9. Great idea. Just ordered my copy. Thanks for such a timely offering.

  10. Hi Ming, this is great! I have two questions.

    1) Is this DVD also good for people who don’t have Leica MM but intend to learn how to process B&W images?
    2) Do you plan to sell this DVD with the previous photoshop workflow DVD as a combo at discounted price?

    Thanks a lot Ming.

    • 1. Not really because it doesn’t cover the actual conversion process because the MM files are already B&W out of the camera. The first DVD is better for that.

      2. If you order both at the same time, the price will be $110 instead of $125 – postage savings. :)

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