Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish

    | B&W | Photography Tips | 05/11/2012 02:00am
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    Try using in-camera filters to enhance your black and white photography

    Try using in-camera filters to enhance your black and white photosYour camera’s built-in filter effects hark back to the settings used in traditional black-and-white film photography, where coloured lens filters were used to change how colours appeared in an image. But the names and effects can be confusing to those new to black-and-white photography.

    Each filter lightens the colour specified by its name, and also darkens the opposite colours. So, for example, a red filter lightens any red areas, but darkens blues.

    Here’s a quick guide to the filter options – what they do and when to use them…

    Black and white photography tips: use a yellow filter

    Yellow
    Lightens yellow and slightly darkens blues.

    Use it for
    Lightening skin 
tones or adding contrast to white clouds against blue sky.

     

    Black and white photography tips: use a orange filter

    Orange
    Lightens orange and darkens blues a little more than yellow.

    Use it for
    Adding more contrast to skies than with 
the yellow filter setting.

     

    Black and white photography tips: use a red filter

    Red
    Lightens reds and darkens strong blues to almost black.

    Use it for
    Adding maximum contrast to skies in your landscape and outdoor shots.

     

    Black and white photography tips: use a green filter

    Green
    Lightens greens and darkens yellow and orange.

    Use it for
    Darkening skin 
tones in portraits and lightening foliage and grass.

    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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    Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 2:00 am under B&W, Photography Tips.

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