Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The vocabulary of black and white, part of Photography Foundations: Black and White.
Let's take a closer look at the vocabulary of black and white.…First, black and white.…Black, the tone, is a measurable quantifiable phenomenon.…It's not a subjective quality, and here is what I'm talking about.…I'm wearing a black shirt.…Behind me I've got these nice black shadows on the wall, and so far through…this video, you've been watching it thinking these tones are black, but…they're not, actually.…They're merely a very, very dark gray. This is black.…
Let me show you that again.…This is what you had been watching before,…a very, very dark gray, which you may have thought was black until you saw the real black.…As a black-and-white photographer, all you have to work with are shades of gray,…so you typically want as many of them as you can get, because the more shades…of gray you have, the easier it will be to separate different objects tonally…in your image, and with more shades of gray, your image will have smoother…gradients, which will make skies and shiny surfaces and shadows all render more attractively.…
- 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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