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Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques

Book Description

Learn how breaking photographic rules can result in stunning black-and-white photos

Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black-and-white imagery, and shows how to capitalize on every one.

Richly illustrated with the author's own images, this beautiful guide presents the skills needed for great black-and-white photos while encouraging your confidence and creativity.

  • Goes beyond basics to teach photographers how to conquer the challenges posed by black-and-white photography

  • Appeals to professionals and serious amateurs who are interested in exploring creative black-and-white imagery

  • Presents photography fundamentals and shows how black and white requires some of the rules to be bent

  • Encourages creative thinking and confidence

  • Lavishly illustrated with Harold Davis's outstanding monochromatic photos

Whether you're a professional just venturing into black and white or a serious amateur, Creative Black & White will both educate and inspire you.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Credits
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. The Monochromatic Vision
    1. Past, Present, and Future
    2. 1.1. Thinking in Black and White
      1. 1.1.1. Contrast
      2. 1.1.2. Color Implied
      3. 1.1.3. The Tonal Landscape
      4. 1.1.4. Visual Implication
    3. 1.2. Seeing in Black and White
    4. 1.3. Pre-Visualization Techniques
    5. 1.4. Black and White Composition
      1. 1.4.1. Framing
      2. 1.4.2. Patterns
      3. 1.4.3. Lines
    6. 1.5. Shape and Form
    7. 1.6. High Key
    8. 1.7. Low Key
    9. 1.8. Shades of Gray
    10. 1.9. Finding Monochromatic Subjects
    11. 1.10. Black and White at Night
    12. 1.11. Portraits in Black and White
  6. 2. Black and White in the Digital Era
    1. 2.1. Digital Black and White Roadmap
    2. 2.2. The RAW Advantage
    3. 2.3. Black and White in Adobe Camera RAW
    4. 2.4. Black and White in Lightroom
      1. 2.4.1. Grayscale Conversion Using Presets
      2. 2.4.2. HSL Conversion
      3. 2.4.3. Exposure Gradients and Adjustments
      4. 2.4.4. Exporting Virtual Copies into Photoshop as Layers
    5. 2.5. Multiple Layers and Masking in Photoshop
    6. 2.6. Multi-RAW Processing In Photoshop
    7. 2.7. Black and White in Photoshop
    8. 2.8. Blending with Black
    9. 2.9. Using the Channel Mixer
    10. 2.10. Black & White Adjustment Layers
    11. 2.11. Silver Efex Pro
    12. 2.12. Combining Conversions in Photoshop
  7. 3. Creative Black and White Opportunities
    1. 3.1. Lighting and Monochromatic Photos
    2. 3.2. Creating High-Key Effects
    3. 3.3. Creating Low-Key Effects
    4. 3.4. HDR in Black and White
      1. 3.4.1. Shooting for HDR
      2. 3.4.2. Using Photomatix
    5. 3.5. Toning and Tinting
      1. 3.5.1. Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer
      2. 3.5.2. Split Toning
    6. 3.6. Selective Color
    7. 3.7. Hand Coloring
    8. 3.8. Using LAB Color
      1. 3.8.1. Understanding LAB
      2. 3.8.2. Flower Effects
      3. 3.8.3. Inverting the L Channel
      4. 3.8.4. Equalizing LAB Channels
      5. 3.8.5. Swapping Tonalities
      6. 3.8.6. Using Blending Modes
    9. 3.9. Soft Focus
      1. 3.9.1. Adding Soft Focus
    10. 3.10. Pinhole Effect
    11. 3.11. Solarization
      1. 3.11.1. Using Curves to Solarize an Image
    12. 3.12. Duotone and Tritone Effects
    13. 3.13. Adding and Reducing Noise
    14. 3.14. Film Effects
    15. 3.15. Infrared Camera Conversions
    16. 3.16. Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera
  8. Notes and Resources
      1. Simple B&W Conversion Programs
      2. Learning Photoshop
      3. Sensor Size and Focal Length
      4. Black & White Filters
      5. Infrared Camera Conversion
  9. Glossary