Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Black & White Basics
What you need to know to make the best black-and-white images
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After you learn about the effects of filters, click on a filter in your black-and-white software (or adjust that color slider in Lightroom or Photoshop) to see the effect in action. You'll be surprised at how your image changes as you move from filter to filter. I used a red filter in Topaz Labs' B&W Effects to create this black-and-white image. Red is a popular filter for landscape photography, as it makes a blue sky dramatically black. Yellow is popular for people photography, as it adds a smooth look to skin tones.
One method for increasing contrast is simply to use the Contrast slider. A better way is to create an "S" curve in Curves, adding and adjusting the anchor points as shown here in this screenshot of the Curves dialog in Photoshop. The point of moving the bottom-most anchor point inward is to protect the shadows. The point of moving the uppermost anchor point inward is to protect the highlights.
Well, my friends, I hope these examples inspire you to create some cool black-and-white images. Experiment and have fun, which is what photography is all about.
Our friend Rick Sammon has been writing for this magazine for more than 10 years. Visit with Rick at ricksammon.com to learn more about digital imaging.
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