Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

by Harold Davis

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Overview

Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. In Creative Black and White, 2nd Edition, 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 each and every one of them. This new, revised, and expanded edition brings the tools up to date with extended sections on monochrome in Lightroom, Photoshop, and related plugins.


TABLE OF CONTENTS


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
Photographing People
Portraiture 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
Topaz B&W Effects
OnOne Perfect B&W
The Digital Analog to the Analog Zone System
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 HDR Software
Toning and Tinting
Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer
Split Toning
The Ansel Adams Effect
Selective Color
Hand Coloring
Using LAB Color
Inverting the L Channel
Equalizing LAB Channels
Swapping Tonalities
Using Blending Modes
LAB Inversions
Soft Focus
Adding Soft Focus
Pinhole Effect
Solarization
Using Curves to Solarize an Image
Simulating the Blossfeldt Effect
Duotone and Tritone Effects
Adding and Reducing Noise
Film Effects
Infrared Camera Conversions
Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera
Creating X-Ray Images
MOBILE BLACK AND WHITE
Black and White using a Cell Phone Camera
Working with Snapseed
Toward a Monochromatic Mobile Workflow

Notes and Resources
Glossary
Index

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681984964
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 640,262
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. Find him online at www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Table of Contents

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


Photographing People


Portraiture 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


Topaz B&W Effects


OnOne Perfect B&W


The Digital Analog to the Analog Zone System


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 HDR Software


Toning and Tinting


Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer


Split Toning


The Ansel Adams Effect


Selective Color


Hand Coloring


Using LAB Color


Inverting the L Channel


Equalizing LAB Channels


Swapping Tonalities


Using Blending Modes


LAB Inversions


Soft Focus


Adding Soft Focus


Pinhole Effect


Solarization


Using Curves to Solarize an Image


Simulating the Blossfeldt Effect


Duotone and Tritone Effects


Adding and Reducing Noise


Film Effects


Infrared Camera Conversions


Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera


Creating X-Ray Images



MOBILE BLACK AND WHITE


Black and White using a Cell Phone Camera


Working with Snapseed


Toward a Monochromatic Mobile Workflow



Notes and Resources


Glossary


Index

Interviews

I was flattered to be asked to write this revised and expanded second edition of Creative Black & White. One of the goals of this new edition is to bring the tools and techniques explained in this book up to date. This is particularly important in the realm of Lightroom and Photoshop software, and with the plug-ins that are a necessary extension of the Adobe ecosystem.


Beyond keeping current, I want to help you become a better and more creative photographer, whatever your interest level or toolset may be. Today's cameras will make a perfectly decent photograph when set on automatic most of the time. The same photo can be converted in-camera to monochromatic with reasonable results and the push of a menu item or two. If this is your interest level, to make interesting monochromatic images you need to think about conceptual issues: What makes an interesting image? What is a good composition? How is light related to darkness within an image?


My goal as a photography teacher and writer about photography is to inspire and to help you become the best and most creative photographer and image-maker that you can be. In that spirit, I hope that my book, Creative Black & White, helps you along your journey, and I send you my best wishes in photography.


Harold Davis

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