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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques [NOOK Book]

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In the digital age, presenting a photo in black and white is an intentional aesthetic and creative choice. In this visual guide, renowned photographer Harold Davis introduces you to the fascinating world of black and white photography.

When creating a monochromatic image, a photographer needs to pre-visualize the image in black and white — which can be a daunting task in our vibrantly colored world. How can you recognize an opportunity for a stunning black and white image? And ...

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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

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Overview

In the digital age, presenting a photo in black and white is an intentional aesthetic and creative choice. In this visual guide, renowned photographer Harold Davis introduces you to the fascinating world of black and white photography.

When creating a monochromatic image, a photographer needs to pre-visualize the image in black and white — which can be a daunting task in our vibrantly colored world. How can you recognize an opportunity for a stunning black and white image? And how does taking a monochromatic image differ from capturing a full-color image? This book will teach you.

Using many of his own stunning monochromatic images to illustrate, Davis walks you through the visual ideas that work well with black and white. He shares the technical approaches that you can use to create high quality monochromatic photos.

As you browse through the pages, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for what you can accomplish when taking portraits, landscapes, close-ups, and more. This book provides both inspiration and technical instruction. You may never photograph the world in quite the same way again!

  • Learn to see and think in black and white
  • Convert RAW files to black and white
  • Use full color information to create black and white photos in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Create monochromatic images using multi-RAW processing and HDR
  • Learn how to apply tinting, toning, and other special effects
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118076149
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 562,771
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing, and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

The Monochromatic Vision.

Past, Present, and Future

Thinking in Black and White

Contrast

Color Implied

The Tonal Landscape

Visual Implication

Seeing in Black and White

Pre-Visualization Techniques

Black and White Composition

Framing

Patterns and Lines

Shape and Form

High Key

Low Key

Shades of Gray

Finding Monochromatic Subjects

Black and White at Night

Portraits in Black and White

Black and White in the Digital Era.

Digital Black and White Roadmap

The RAW Advantage

Black and White in Adobe Camera RAW

Black and White in Lightroom

Grayscale Conversion Using Presets

HSL Conversion

Exposure Gradients and Adjustments

Exporting Virtual Copies into Photoshop as Layers

Multiple Layers and Masking in Photoshop

Multi-RAW Processing in Photoshop

Black and White in Photoshop

Blending with Black

Using the Channel Mixer

Black & White Adjustment Layers

Silver Efex Pro

Combining Conversions in Photoshop

Creative Black and White Opportunities.

Lighting and Monochromatic Photos

Creating High-Key Effects

Creating Low-Key Effects

HDR in Black and White

Shooting for HDR

Using Photomatix

Toning and Tinting

Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer

Split Toning

Selective Color

Hand Coloring

Using LAB Color

Inverting the L Channel

Equalizing LAB Channels

Swapping Tonalities

Using Blending Modes

Soft Focus

Adding Soft Focus

Pinhole Effect

Solarization

Using Curves to Solarize an Image

Duotone and Tritone Effects

Adding and Reducing Noise

Film Effects

Infrared Camera Conversions

Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera

Notes and Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    How to "See" to create better photographs in Black and White

    Mr. Davis continues his Creative series with "Creative Black & White", and what I found most satisfying about the book is not so much the black and white tips and treatments... but the thinking aspect of the craft.

    I'm no art major, not a graphic artist, and not a particularly gifted photographer (though you're welcome to disagree ;-). The very first chapter got my attention: "Thinking in Black and White". I have learned from some experience that some images just work better in black and white - mostly - I thought, because monochromatic representation does a better job preserving the contrast and sharpness in an image. But Mr. Davis elaborates well beyond my simple observation and made me think more deeply about WHY black and white sometimes works much better at communicating an idea, thought or mood. With his guidance I think I've begun to understand more uniquely what sets apart this different choice in a predominately color world. From my Brownie days to my MamiyaFlex I shot mostly B&W because it was accessible and cheap. The advent of color digital changed that. But now I understand why black and white can be much more successful for some images - and even when to seek out such images. Black and White is not just about "nostalgia!"

    Some of the visual paradoxes presented in Mr. Davis' images are seductive and compelling. I'd never have thought that a photo of a commode could look so sensuous, or an artichoke so mysterious. But by the time I arrived around page 40 I was getting it! Black and White, it turns out, is another kind of music, not just another style of music.

    The book does not end with the visualization and "seeing", with shapes, shadows, patterns and forms - though it could have. It continues into High and Low Key shots (mostly light and mostly dark high contrast shots) and also includes what I had previously considered the most common manifestation of black and white: portraiture. Mr Davis includes tips on softening the harshness of a face (soft focus), how to selectively colorize or tint for effect as well as cogent tips about lighting and framing, and more. Before you get the impression that the book is just about "seeing" and portraiture, consider that the book also includes chapters on High Dynamic Range, landscapes, blending and merging, noise reduction the advantages of shooting in RAW and other photographic endeavors.

    Indeed, if this book does not make it clear what is lost by shooting in JPEG mode, you must have missed a short chapter on the subject or not looked at the examples which begin on page 74!

    I have not thoroughly used Mr. Davis' Photoshop and Lightroom recipes (Photoshop CS3 revolted on me when I upgraded computers), but I have had success using GIMP to follow along with his instruction and worked an image or two to a far better quality.

    I'd rank this work second only to Mr. Davis' "The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing" which is seriously excellent. But, I haven't read all of his photography books yet!

    Oh, and like his other books, this book includes a nice Table of Contents and an Index - bravo!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Really Good Buy

    Only about 1/4 way thru but really enjoying it. Plain language, easy to read, and great photographic examples. Glad I bought it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Not groundbreaking - but not bad and usefull

    After burning on buying another title of this author (Creative Portraits) I was afraid this book would be waiste of money and time too, but it turn out to be pretty decent and usefull.
    Not a must, but worth to buy.

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