A Classic Method Goes Digital
Easy ways to achieve beautiful digital black-and-white prints
Classic-the personification of black-and-white images. Weaving that classic look of black-and-white printing into the digital realm is easier than ever today. Software has a range of effects that enables greater control over your images in a way that traditional black-and-white film printing never could. In addition, plug-ins, specialized inks and papers are available that, when combined, produce beautiful high-quality prints with smooth tonal transitions, depth and detail.
Transforming Your Color Images To Black & White
I had a teacher in college who said, "It's always easier to start with a good negative and do as much as you can to make a good picture before you go to print." I find this is true with digital work. When my image file looks great on screen, printing is so much easier. Here are a few ways to convert your digital color images to black-and-white.
Converting To Grayscale: Not My First Choice. I personally don't find any advantages in directly converting an image to grayscale. Unless you have a color image with enough contrast, you'll often end up with a flat, monochrome image that will need extensive editing to make it look good.