Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Diffusion, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
If you've spent much time watching old movies then you're probably used to seeing…actresses shot with this diffuse hazy glow around their faces, so they would…sit perfectly still on a particular pool of light and have this wonderful…softness about them.…And that's because very often they insisted that the cinematographer shoot…them through some gauze, or a pair of pantyhose, or smear Vaseline on the lens, or…something to ensure that they had this soft glow that made their skin look much better.…That type of diffusion is an effective technique to apply to any type of photo,…but it's very often particularly effective on black-and-white images.…
Black and white, as we discussed, is already an abstraction. Adding diffusion…can make the image even more abstract which can often create atmosphere and draw…the viewer more in, emotionally.…So we're going to do that to this image.…I've got this horse ears here that were shot in this nice bright light, and it's…already kind of a really soft, hazy luminous image.…
- 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
- Toning and split-toning
- Comparing high key versus low key images
- Preparing a black and white image for print
Skill Level Intermediate
2. What Is Black-and-White Photography?
3. Shooting in Black and White
4. Black-and-White Post-Production
5. Printing in Black and White
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