Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The physiology of black and white, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
Like your digital camera, the back of your eye has an area of…light-sensitive material on it.…Unlike your camera though, the material in your eye is covered with four types…of light-sensitive cells.…There are three types of cones, each sensitive to either red, green, or blue, and…there are rods, which have no ability to perceive color.…Instead, rods are sensitive only to brightness.…In other words, they see the world in black and white.…Because they can't detect color, rods may not sound as glamorous as cones, but consider this:…98% of the light-sensitive cells in your eyes are rods. That's right.…
The substantial majority of your vision is black-and-white vision.…Thanks to all those rods, that human eye is incredibly sensitive to changes in…brightness, and this sensitivity is there for a reason.…Your rods help with your spacial awareness.…They are a big part of your navigation system that keep you from bumping into…things, and they help you see in the dark, and I mean dark.…Once light levels drop below a certain point, your cones shut down and your rods…
- 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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