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Foundations of Photography: Black and White
Illustration by Petra Stefankova

Foundations of Photography: Black and White

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

Welcome to Foundations of Photography: Black and White. If you are here, I can only assume it's because you have an interest in black- and-white photography, which is great because we are going to cover it all, from seeing to shooting to processing. In this course, we are going to discuss why you might want to shoot black and white. We are going to study what makes good black-and-white subject matter, we are going explore how to see in black and white, and we are going to cover some exposure strategies that will help you get black-and-white captures that will afford you all the editability you need when you get into post-production.
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  1. 8m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Why black and white?
      5m 12s
    3. Suggested prerequisites
      53s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 19m 43s
    1. Is it really black and white?
      1m 9s
    2. How gray corresponds to color
      4m 38s
    3. The medium of black and white
      3m 5s
    4. The vocabulary of black and white
      4m 46s
    5. The physiology of black and white
      2m 22s
    6. How a camera's image sensor captures an image
      3m 43s
  3. 32m 46s
    1. Preparing the camera
      3m 34s
    2. Light revisited
      6m 3s
    3. Seeing in black and white
      2m 21s
    4. Taking a black-and-white expedition
      1m 17s
    5. Finding and shooting a black-and-white image
      11m 14s
    6. Shooting a tone-based subject
      2m 0s
    7. Exposing for black and white
      6m 17s
  4. 1h 38m
    1. The nature of grayscale images
      3m 33s
    2. Converting to black and white using Photoshop CS4 or CS5
      6m 17s
    3. More about the Black & White dialog box
      3m 19s
    4. Converting to black and white using Black & White adjustment layers
      3m 55s
    5. Converting to black and white in Camera Raw
      4m 5s
    6. Making an advanced tonal correction
      17m 33s
    7. Doing more tonal corrections
      14m 6s
    8. Calming down highlights
      10m 4s
    9. Vignetting
      8m 58s
    10. The trestle images
      2m 39s
    11. Handling tricky skies
      2m 43s
    12. Doing a selective black-and-white conversion
      2m 23s
    13. Toning
      1m 19s
    14. Split-toning
      2m 19s
    15. High-key and low-key images
      2m 32s
    16. Diffusion
      4m 40s
    17. Using Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in
      7m 46s
  5. 24m 14s
    1. Selecting a printer
      5m 17s
    2. Preparing the image for print
      8m 30s
    3. Configuring the Print dialog
      5m 9s
    4. Evaluating a print
      5m 18s
  6. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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Foundations of Photography: Black and White
3h 4m Intermediate Jun 29, 2011

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In this Foundations of Photography, Ben Long shows photographers how to develop a black and white vocabulary and explains the considerations to take into account when shooting for this medium. The course follows Ben as he goes on location and explains what makes good black and white subject matter and how to visualize the scene in terms of tonal values and contrast rather than color. Along the way, he demonstrates some exposure strategies for getting the best images. Back at the computer, Ben demonstrates techniques for converting the resulting photos into black and white using Photoshop and other imaging tools, and offers tips on printing and output.

Topics include:
  • Why shoot in black and white
  • How to recognize good black-and-white subject matter
  • Preparing the camera
  • Shooting a tone-based subject
  • Exposing for black and white
  • Understanding grayscale
  • Converting from color to black and white using Photoshop CS4 or CS5
  • Converting to black and white in Camera Raw
  • Vignetting
  • Toning and split-toning
  • Comparing high key versus low key images
  • Preparing a black and white image for print
Subjects:
Photography Photography Foundations Black and White
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Ben Long

Welcome

Welcome to Foundations of Photography: Black and White. If you are here, I can only assume it's because you have an interest in black- and-white photography, which is great because we are going to cover it all, from seeing to shooting to processing. In this course, we are going to discuss why you might want to shoot black and white. We are going to study what makes good black-and-white subject matter, we are going explore how to see in black and white, and we are going to cover some exposure strategies that will help you get black-and-white captures that will afford you all the editability you need when you get into post-production.

Once our shooting is over, we will launch Photoshop and get to work with the process of converting our images to grayscale and finessing them into great black-and-white images. Grayscale conversion, editing, toning, sharpening, and stylizing will all be covered before we head on to some tips on printing and output. Along the way, we'll take a look at some black-and-white plug-ins and we will discuss how to evaluate your final output and how to improve it if you find it lacking. For those who are curious as to why anyone would bother with black-and-white images when we have color, there should be some interesting surprises for you ahead as we review the vocabulary of black and white and learn that very often a black-and-white image is far more effective than a color image.

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