Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White
Discover the secrets of classic B&W master photographers and see how you can apply their methods to working with your DSLR
One of the biggest challenges photographers have when shooting black-and-white is that we see in color. Colors can influence us strongly in how we take a picture, so much so that we can miss seeing what's really needed for a better black-and-white shot. By shooting in black-and-white, you have the opportunity to see what the scene really looks like in this medium rather than guessing or overcompensating based on how you saw colors.
Black-and-white photography is so much about contrast. There are three important contrasts to keep in mind that will help you define your image:
• Tonal or brightness contrast
• Textural contrast
• Sharpness contrast
Complete your image with the following final adjustments:
Crop. Crop distracting tonal contrasts along the edges of your photo.
Darken edges. Use the Post-Crop Vignette in Lightroom or the Vignette in Silver Efex Pro for a traditional edge-burning effect used by Ansel Adams and other classic black-and-white photographers.
Darken problematic areas. Too bright areas away from important parts of your subject can be distracting. Try using a minus Exposure Adjustment Brush or the Graduated Filter in Lightroom or Burn Edges or a minus Brightness Control Point in Silver Efex Pro.
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