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: 266,564
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

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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mr_Amusing More than 1 year ago
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!
jwphotography More than 1 year ago
Only about 1/4 way thru but really enjoying it. Plain language, easy to read, and great photographic examples. Glad I bought it.
ValT More than 1 year ago
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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