Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking a black-and-white expedition, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
I assume that you already have a large collection of color images that you've shot,…and those color images can provide you with a way to practice recognizing what…makes a good black-and-white image.…Even mere color photographers have to worry about contrast and good light…and good composition,…so in the color work that you have been doing, you've probably already taken…care of those issues.…So now, go through your color images, or maybe just your best color images, and…start looking at them with an eye towards black and white.…Try to identify images that you think will work well in black and white.…
This is basically a virtual version of what you'll do when you're out shooting…in the color world, except that you've already found the nice shots and you've…composed them and exposed them properly.…Now again, you're looking for interesting plays of light and shadow, good…contrast, or areas that can be turned into plays of light and dark depending on…how you ultimately perform your black-and-white conversion.…
- 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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