Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Suggested prerequisites, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
I'm going to assume that you are already comfortable with the basics of photographic technique. So if you don't already understand exposure, if you don't know shutter speed, aperture, ISO, how they're interrelated, if you don't understand what the different shooting modes on your camera are for, if you don't know why you sometimes need to over- or underexpose and how to achieve these over- and underexposures then you should go watch the Foundations of Photography: Exposure course. Now if you just itching to get started on black and white, trust me that the time you spend in that course will make the rest of this course much easier.
I am also going to assume that you know what I mean when I say lens speed, and that you understand the relationship between camera position and focal length. If you don't, then check out Foundations of Photography: Lenses. With those things under your belt, you are ready to be enlightened, and that's what's going to happen next.
- 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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