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Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop

Book Description

How to create stunning black and white photos in a digital format

Shooting pictures in black and white presents unique challenges for beginners and experienced digital photographers alike. A strong understanding of photography's fundamentals is crucial to capturing great black and white images, and factors such as contrast and lighting are much more integral to black and white photography than to color. Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop teaches digital photographers the skills they need to master black and white photography.

  • Focuses on the rules of photography and how they apply differently to black and white photography

  • Offers guidance for properly uploading digital images to a computer

  • Explains insider tips and tricks for using Photoshop and Lightroom to successfully enhance black and white images

Black and white photography presents different challenges than color photography. In Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop, photographers learn how to identify great opportunities for black and white photographs and how to turn those opportunities into stunning monochrome images they can be proud to display.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. BLACK-AND-WHITE VISION
    1. 1.1. WHY BLACK AND WHITE?
    2. 1.2. CREATING BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGES
    3. 1.3. VISUALIZING IN MONOCHROME
    4. 1.4. SELECTING YOUR IMAGES
      1. 1.4.1. CREATING PHOTOGRAPHS
      2. 1.4.2. PREVISUALIZATION
      3. 1.4.3. THE PROBLEM WITH DIGITAL
    5. 1.5. TIMING THE MOMENT
      1. 1.5.1. HURRY UP AND WAIT
      2. 1.5.2. CREATE PERFECT TIMING
    6. 1.6. WHEN SHOULD YOU USE BLACK AND WHITE?
    7. 1.7. FINDING PHOTOS WHEREVER YOU ARE
  7. 2. PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS
    1. 2.1. EXPOSURE
      1. 2.1.1. LEARNING THE HISTOGRAM
      2. 2.1.2. OVEREXPOSURE
      3. 2.1.3. UNDEREXPOSURE
      4. 2.1.4. EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
    2. 2.2. APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, AND ISO
      1. 2.2.1. APERTURE
      2. 2.2.2. SHUTTER SPEED
      3. 2.2.3. ISO
    3. 2.3. WHITE BALANCE
    4. 2.4. COMPOSITION
      1. 2.4.1. RULE OF THIRDS
      2. 2.4.2. BALANCE AND SYMMETRY
      3. 2.4.3. EXPLORING DESIGN
      4. 2.4.4. SHAPE AND SIMPLICITY
    5. 2.5. YOUR UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW
      1. 2.5.1. GET CLOSE TO YOUR SUBJECT
      2. 2.5.2. ANCHOR YOUR PHOTOS
      3. 2.5.3. FIND NATURAL FRAMING
      4. 2.5.4. GET HIGH AND LOW
  8. 3. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAMERA
    1. 3.1. READ THE MANUAL
    2. 3.2. KNOWING THE CONTROLS
    3. 3.3. USING THE EXPOSURE MODES
      1. 3.3.1. READING THE HISTOGRAM
      2. 3.3.2. EXPOSING TO THE RIGHT
    4. 3.4. FILE SETTINGS
      1. 3.4.1. IMAGE QUALITY
      2. 3.4.2. RAW + JPEG
    5. 3.5. ADJUSTING TONE AND CONTRAST IN CAMERA
    6. 3.6. WHITE BALANCE QUESTIONS
    7. 3.7. USING FILTERS
      1. 3.7.1. BLACK-AND-WHITE CONTRAST FILTERS
      2. 3.7.2. POLARIZING FILTER
      3. 3.7.3. NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS
    8. 3.8. SETTINGS TO START WITH
      1. 3.8.1. EVERYTHING IS A SITUATION
      2. 3.8.2. PORTRAITS
      3. 3.8.3. LANDSCAPES
      4. 3.8.4. STILL LIFES
      5. 3.8.5. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
  9. 4. WORKING WITH LIGHT
    1. 4.1. METERING AND EXPOSURE FOR BLACK AND WHITE
    2. 4.2. ZONE SYSTEM BASICS
    3. 4.3. LEARNING YOUR METERING SYSTEMS
      1. 4.3.1. CENTER-WEIGHTED METER
      2. 4.3.2. AVERAGING, EVALUATIVE, AND MATRIX METERS
      3. 4.3.3. SPOT METERS
    4. 4.4. LIGHT DIRECTION
      1. 4.4.1. FRONTLIGHT
      2. 4.4.2. SIDELIGHT
      3. 4.4.3. BACKLIGHT
    5. 4.5. LIGHT QUALITY
      1. 4.5.1. HARD LIGHT
      2. 4.5.2. SOFT LIGHT
    6. 4.6. LOOKING FOR LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
    7. 4.7. GREAT LIGHT FOR PEOPLE AND PORTRAITS
      1. 4.7.1. REFLECTORS AND FILL LIGHT
      2. 4.7.2. SHADE AND EVEN LIGHT
      3. 4.7.3. LIGHTING GROUPS
    8. 4.8. DEALING WITH TONES AT TWILIGHT
    9. 4.9. BLACK AND WHITE AFTER DARK
  10. 5. TOOLS AND TOYS
    1. 5.1. INFRARED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. 5.1.1. IR FILTERS
      2. 5.1.2. DEDICATED IR CAMERAS
      3. 5.1.3. SHOOTING IN IR
    2. 5.2. LENSBABY
    3. 5.3. BLACK AND WHITE BY YOUR SIDE
      1. 5.3.1. CAMERA PHONES AND EFFECTS
      2. 5.3.2. POINT-AND-SHOOT BLACK AND WHITE
      3. 5.3.3. DSLR SPECIALTY CAMERAS
    4. 5.4. STROBES
      1. 5.4.1. OFF-CAMERA FLASH
      2. 5.4.2. STUDIO STROBES
    5. 5.5. TRIPODS
      1. 5.5.1. GETTING THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY
      2. 5.5.2. TRIPOD HEADS
  11. 6. TONAL QUALITY IN BLACK AND WHITE
    1. 6.1. COLORS IN BLACK AND WHITE
    2. 6.2. TONES AND CONTRAST
    3. 6.3. WORKING WITH SHADOWS AND CONTRAST
    4. 6.4. LIGHT QUALITY
      1. 6.4.1. SOFT LIGHT
      2. 6.4.2. HARD LIGHT
      3. 6.4.3. LIGHT DIRECTION
      4. 6.4.4. TIME OF DAY
    5. 6.5. DEALING WITH WEATHER
      1. 6.5.1. OPPORTUNITIES IN BAD WEATHER
      2. 6.5.2. MAKING THE MOST OF WHERE YOU ARE
    6. 6.6. LOOKING FOR HIGHLIGHTS
    7. 6.7. BUILDING DEPTH IN THE SHADOWS
  12. 7. THE BLACK-AND-WHITE DIGITAL FILE
    1. 7.1. CONVERTING TO MONOCHROME
    2. 7.2. LEARNING FROM FILM FILTERS
    3. 7.3. RAW OR JPEG?
      1. 7.3.1. DO I NEED TO SHOOT A RAW FILE?
      2. 7.3.2. BLACK-AND-WHITE MODE FROM THE CAMERA
      3. 7.3.3. MAXIMIZING RAW + JPEG
    4. 7.4. DIGITAL RAW BLACK-AND-WHITE CONVERSIONS
      1. 7.4.1. ADOBE CAMERA RAW
      2. 7.4.2. LIGHTROOM
      3. 7.4.3. APERTURE
      4. 7.4.4. DIGITAL NEGATIVE
      5. 7.4.5. CANON DIGITAL PHOTO PROFESSIONAL
      6. 7.4.6. THE NIKON SOFTWARE SUITE
      7. 7.4.7. PHOTOSHOP
      8. 7.4.8. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
  13. 8. WORKING IN THE DIGITAL DARKROOM
    1. 8.1. UNDERSTANDING LOCAL AND GLOBAL CHANGES
    2. 8.2. MULTIPLE RAW PROCESSING
    3. 8.3. WORKING WITH ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
      1. 8.3.1. LEVELS
      2. 8.3.2. CURVES
      3. 8.3.3. SETTING BLACK POINTS AND WHITE POINTS
    4. 8.4. DODGING AND BURNING
    5. 8.5. LAYER MASKS
    6. 8.6. SHADOW AND HIGHLIGHT TOOL
    7. 8.7. ADDITIONAL FILTERS AND TOOLS
      1. 8.7.1. NIK SILVER EFEX PRO
      2. 8.7.2. PLUG-INS, ACTIONS, AND PRESETS
      3. 8.7.3. GRADIENTS
    8. 8.8. SELECTIVE EFFECTS
      1. 8.8.1. TONES
      2. 8.8.2. SHARPENING
      3. 8.8.3. COLOR
      4. 8.8.4. BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
    9. 8.9. FILM SIMULATIONS
    10. 8.10. CREATE YOUR OWN WORKFLOW
      1. 8.10.1. CREATE A PROTOCOL FOR STORING IMAGES
      2. 8.10.2. PROCESS YOUR IMAGES
      3. 8.10.3. MANAGE YOUR IMAGES
  14. 9. TONING, COLORING, AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
    1. 9.1. OLD-PROCESS EFFECTS
    2. 9.2. ADDING TINTS AND TONES
      1. 9.2.1. SEPIA
      2. 9.2.2. SELENIUM
    3. 9.3. SPLIT TONING
    4. 9.4. COLORING MONOCHROME IMAGES
    5. 9.5. INFRARED EFFECTS
    6. 9.6. HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE
    7. 9.7. COMPOSITING NEW IMAGES
  15. 10. OUTPUT: PRINTING AND PRESENTATION
    1. 10.1. INKJET PRINTERS AND PAPERS
    2. 10.2. CALIBRATING YOUR EQUIPMENT
      1. 10.2.1. MONITORS
      2. 10.2.2. PAPER AND PRINTER PROFILES
    3. 10.3. CREATING BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINTS
      1. 10.3.1. PRINTING CONTACT SHEETS
      2. 10.3.2. MAKING TEST PRINTS
      3. 10.3.3. YOUR FINAL PRINT
      4. 10.3.4. CREATING YOUR OWN BOOK
      5. 10.3.5. ARCHIVAL PRINTING AND STORAGE
    4. 10.4. DIGITAL OUTPUT OPTIONS AND IDEAS
      1. 10.4.1. CREATING DIGITAL CONTACT SHEETS
      2. 10.4.2. BUILDING WEB GALLERIES
      3. 10.4.3. SHARING IMAGES ONLINE
  16. GLOSSARY