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…

Beautiful Proof

The fine art of turning an honest lens on oneself
By Kristin Zecchinelli Of Shutter Sisters
We live in the age of the "selfie," one-armed snapshots of ourselves, alone or with friends, mugging for our own cameras. The Oxford Dictionaries even named "selfie" 2013's Word of the Year. I think all this duck-lip, doe-eyed snapping is giving the selfie a bad rap. "My typical style of…

Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium
By Tracey Clark
Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There's a poignancy to black-and-white images that's palpable. Maybe it's because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape all seem to…
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