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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.
In addition to all of this black-and- white instruction, you as a lynda.com Premium subscriber, or owner of the DVD version of this course, you also get to download exercise files to go with these courses that are up on the lynda.com web site. And what do you want to do is just download as we go from the appropriate folders. So if you are watching movie 4.5, you'll find in here an exercise file. Download this to somewhere on your computer where you can get to it easily, maybe your desktop or your Pictures folder or something like that.
This is the same file that I will be using in the movies, so you can follow along if you want. You will find a couple of these folders, just have a readme file and then that says, sorry there is no exercise file for this. That's just to kind of help you stay organized and know what movie we're watching and so on and so forth. So grab those and follow along and you'll probably have an easier time understanding what it is we're talking about.
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