Seeing Life In Black & White

Create striking images with these five essential qualities of monochrome
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions so the strength of the composition shines through. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cézanne was…

Should You Shoot In B&W?

The short answer is no—here’s why
By Wes Pitts
When you set out with the goal of making a black-and-white photo, you may be tempted simply to shoot in monochrome. Practically every digital camera provides this option, so why not simplify your postprocessing work by going grayscale from the start? 1 | You May Later Want A Color Version.…

Show Clipping For Black & White

Use this handy Lightroom feature to ensure deep blacks and bright whites
Text & Photography By Wes Pitts
In addition to the histogram, one of the most useful tools for checking your exposure in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is the Show Clipping option. You can toggle it on and off in the View menu or with the keyboard shortcut "J". Show Clipping identifies shadow and highlight areas at…

Converting To Black & White

Using Adobe Lightroom’s powerful tools for translating color images to monochrome
By William Sawalich
It's easy to convert a digital image from color to black-and-white. The challenge is to do it well. Replicating the richness of silver-based black-and-white images is the ultimate goal, and while there are lots of options out there, there's one ubiquitous photo management and RAW editing tool that's full of…

Dramatic Black & White

Keys to seeing, shooting and processing monochrome photos
By Rick Sammon
Making beautiful black-and-white images is easier than ever before, thanks to powerful adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as specialized conversion software like Google's Nik Silver Efex Pro, Perfect B&W from onOne Software, Tonality Pro from Macphun and B&W Effects from Topaz Labs. You can play around with the…

Pro Black & White Printing

Tips for getting the best results when working with a professional photo lab
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Drew Gurian & Andy Biggs
Before digital, enjoying and sharing photographs meant either slideshows, or more commonly, prints. Printmaking is an art unto itself, and that's no less true in digital photography. Some photographers prefer to master this part of the craft and make their own prints with a fine-art photo printer, but others prefer…
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