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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

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Another particularly useful function of Aperture’s monochrome mixer is the ability to apply black-and-white filters to the image by clicking on one of the filter presets. This also is a great way to become more familiar with these filters and better understand the effects they have at the time of capture should you ever have a desire to use the filters in the field. Lastly, I often add just a hint of brown tone or sepia to my monochrome images. I prefer a slightly warmer image than what’s commonly the result of a simple monochrome conversion. Note that this is a personal preference and not a common step for many photographers.

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.

Useful Filters For Added Contrast

Tiffen Polarizer

B+W Gray Graduated Filter

Singh-Ray ND Graduated Filter

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