Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish
Since the earliest days of taking pictures, producing stunning black and white photography has required a combination of shooting and darkroom skills. For the best results, you need to hone your photo composition to be able to visualise the world in black and white. But you also must know how to manipulate an image for maximum impact.
Despite the many changes in how we shoot and manipulate images having moved on from film photography, many of the basic skills are still the same. The real difference is the time it takes. The shooting and developing process that once took days can now be mastered in a few hours.
So in the new installment of our ongoing Shoot Like A Pro series we’ve come up with a set of tasks to help you master the art of black and white photography. From simple shooting to controlling contrast and tones, these tasks will take between 30 minutes and a couple of hours.
Follow these tasks, and by the end you’ll be shoot professional-quality black and white photography in no time at all!
We’ll start at the shooting stage of making black and white photography.You can save time and effort by getting your results right in-camera, so the first task will be visualising and composing a world without colour.
How to pre-visualise and compose for black and white photography
We are so used to seeing the world in colour that it can be difficult to get to grips with how everything will look when converted to black and white photography.
So, if you are struggling to see in mono, try setting your camera’s picture mode to black and white, then simply get out and take some photos.
Using this picture mode will give you the ability to instantly review your images in black and white to see if they work or not, and how the different colours convert into monochrome tones.
For even quicker feedback you can also view the scene in black and white by switching to Live View mode. If you don’t like what you see, you can just find a different subject and try again.
PAGE 1: How to compose for black and white photography
PAGE 2: Good subjects for black and white photography
PAGE 3: Try using in-camera filters for your black and white photography
PAGE 4: Shooting images you can easily convert to black and white
PAGE 5: Black and white conversion in Photoshop Elements
PAGE 6: Black and white conversion in Photoshop CS
PAGE 7: Master Photoshop Levels and Curves
PAGE 8: Using the Levels sliders
PAGE 9: Master the Dodge and Burn tools
PAGE 10: Toning techniques for black and white photography
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on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 2:00 am under B&W, Photography Tips.
Tags: black and white photography, photo ideas, Shoot Like A Pro