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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Black & White With A Digital Camera

Concentrate on tonality for the best monochrome results

Black-and-white opens a whole new way to see the world, but don't do what many first-time black-and-white shooters do and forget about photo basics. Black-and-white automatically abstracts the image, but you still have to choose a good subject with effective lighting, compose well, focus accurately and expose properly if you want a great photo.

Even if you don't become your generation's Ansel, you can have a lot of fun and get some different images shooting black-and-white with your digital camera. Give it a try

Trends In B&W Printing

By Ibarionex R. Perello

The allure of black-and-white photography has been growing along with interest in digital photography. While the techniques for converting color images to monochrome images have been generously shared among photographers, the means to easily and consistently produce neutral black-and-white prints with inkjet printers has been challenging.

This has changed over the last several years. Printer and ink manufacturers are producing products that offer photographers the ability to create stunning black-and-white prints with minimal to no color casts and reduced metamarism, ensuring there are no color shifts as the prints move from one type of light source to another.

The major photo printer manufacturers (Canon, Epson and Hewlett-Packard) have increased the number of inks used by their high-end inkjet systems, including light cyan, light magenta and different densities of black and gray, to create printers that can produce more accurate colors and smoother transitions, especially when printing black-and-white images. The inclusion of different densities of black and gray inks has reduced the need for printers to use their color inks to create the varying degrees of gray necessary to render the subtle gradations of tones that we've come to expect from black-and-white photographs.

Photographers now can produce neutral prints with reduced fuss, even without requiring an independent RIP (raster-image processing), a customized hardware or software component that promises an improved color-managed workflow between the computer and the printer. Often available as software that replaces the driver that comes with a printer, a RIP is optimized for different makes and types of paper, thereby increasing accuracy and consistency.

As printers and inks enter a new generation, we can expect the art of black-and-white imaging to continue its renaissance filled with beautiful and stunning prints.

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