Black & White Mastery

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Explore the wonderful world of black and white, a very special form of color.

 

1. Expanding The Definition Of Black & White
The term “black & white” is not as simple as you might think..

2. How Gray Is Gray ? 
Both context and personal preference make this a surprisingly challenging question.

3. What’s Unique About Black & White 
Black & white is special, in so many ways.

4. Why You Need To Understand Color To Get The Best B&W Images 

Color affects the exposure, processing, and printing of B&W images.

5. Seeing In Black & White
Learn what’s unique about black & white and how to best adjust and print it.

6. An Overview Of Color To Black & White Conversions
My preferred workflow for color to black & white conversions.

7. Optimizing Files Before Black & White Conversions (Coming Soon)
Prepare your color images before conversion to black & white to gain maximum control.

8. B&W Conversions Simple 1 – B&W Adjustment Layer | Download
The easiest way make color to black and white conversions.

9. B&W Conversions Simple 2 – Dual Adjustment Layers | Download
Dual adjustment layers offer even more control.

10. B&W Conversions Complex – Channels as Layers | Download
The most advanced color to black-and-white conversion method.

11. Adding Color To Black & White | Download 
Adding color to a neutral image can enhance the expression of any image.

12. Simulating Infrared (Adobe Photoshop Master Class) | .99
Create the look of infrared with Adobe Photoshop (all versions)

13. Enhancing Local Contrast In Black & White Images
The best ways to dodge and burn detailed.

14. 5 Strategies For Adding Color Back Into Black & White 
There are as many reasons to add color back into B&W photographs as there are ways to do it

15. Top 5 Ways To Add Color To Black & White 
By adding color to your b&w photos, you can enhance their expressive qualities.

16. Epson Driver – Advanced B&W Photo
Use the Epson driver to make the best black & white prints.

17. Black & White Signature Styles 
Like so many other artists, you too can learn to craft a unique black and white look.

18. 5 Photographers With Signature Black & White Styles 
Study the masters to find new possibilities in black and white photography.

 

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5 Photographers With Signature B&W Styles

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You can learn a lot just by looking at great photographs.
Want to learn more about black and white images?
Start by studying these five photographers.
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Alfred Stieglitz explored the softer sensibility of platinum with muted blacks, very full highlights, and a surprising range of tints.
View 12 Great Photographs By Alfred Stieglitz here.
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Ansel Adams epitomized the modern sensibility with deep blacks, bright whites, and a full smooth range of tones in between.
View 12 Great Photographs By Ansel Adams here.
01_BrettWeston
Brett Weston moved modern photography towards abstraction with extreme contrast often eliminating shadow and sometimes highlight detail.
View 12 Great Photographs By Brett Weston here.
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Huntington Witherill advances the classic modern sensibility into the contemporary by achieving extreme separation in even the deepest blacks and the brightest whites, often side-by-side.
View 12 Great Photographs By Huntington Witherill here.
10_Tenneson
Joyce Tenneson has explored many high key black and white palettes over her career – neutral in her early years, semi-neutral tints mid-career, and more recently gold-leafed.
View 12 Great Photographs By Joyce Tenneson here.
View more 12 Great Photographs Collections here.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

5 Strategies For Adding Color Into B&W Photographs

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There are as many reasons to add color back into black-and-white photographs as there are ways to do it.
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You can change the emotional tone of photographs when you add warm or cool tints to them.
2) journey grayscale copy
You can separate areas of a photograph by toning them differently.
5) journey splittone
You can enhance the illusion of volume in a photograph by adding different colors into highlights and shadows; typically highlights are warm and shadows are cool.
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You can increase volume further by adding gradations of hue in specific regions of a photograph; typically this is done with brushes.
6) journey subdued color
You can add still greater realistic complexity by restoring trace amounts of the original color.
1) journey full color
If you increase the saturation of any of these treatments beyond a low level, you turn black-and-white photographs into color photographs.
Read more in my Black & White lessons.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

Converting Images to Black and White in Lightroom 4 – Julianne Kost


“In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne demonstrates the best way to convert images to Black and White in Lightroom as well as how to save presets to increase your productivity.  Click here to download the presets discussed in the video. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.”
Read more with my B&W ebooks.
View more in my DVD B&W Mastery.
Learn more in my B&W Digital Printing workshop.