Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The medium of black and white, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
Before we go on, there is something you need to think about.…Black and white is not color photography without the color.…Black and white is a medium all to itself.…Painting and drawing are both processes of rendering an image by hand onto a…piece of paper, but you would never say they were the same medium because they…produce very different results, and they can be used to very different effect.…It's the same way with black and white and color photography.…I'm not just arguing semantics here.…If you start thinking about black and white as a different medium then it will…be easier for you to shed some habits, not permanently, but there are some ways…of looking at the world when you're shooting color that just don't serve you…very well when you're shooting black and white.…
At the simplest level, your goal as a photographer is to create an image with a…clearly defined subject and background,…and so you frame in a particular way, you expose in a particular way, perhaps to…brighten a specific area or to darken another. You choose a specific focal…
- 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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