Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Go B&W In Winter
More than just a solution for bleak scenery, converting your images to black-and-white can give winter landscapes and sports action tremendous impact
After making my RAW conversion in Aperture, I continue on to Photoshop, where I make more local contrast adjustments through levels and curves adjustment layers. Additionally, it’s here that I’ll apply some selective dodging and burning, if I’m so inclined.
As you make more conversions from color to monochrome, you’ll gain a better understanding of when and how to approach an image for the best monochrome result in the field. Much like a marathon runner starts training with shorter-distance runs, you can ease into the challenge of seeing in black-and-white. Through simple visual and creative exercises, you’ll know when it’s right to forget color and capture winter in its most basic and beautiful form.
Raised among the towering peaks of Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, Adam Barker has a passion for photography and the outdoors. His landscapes have sold as limited-edition fine-art prints to private and corporate collectors throughout the U.S., and his quest for exceptional imagery has translated into stunning editorial work in skiing, fly-fishing and numerous other lifestyle and adventure publications. To view more of his work, follow his blog or attend a workshop, visit www.adambarkerphotography.com.
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