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Learn & Explore Series Episode 73

"Creating Stunning Digital Black and White Photographs"

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Did You Know?

Color glass filters traditionally used in front of the camera lens are now available in the digital darkroom. Generally, the color of the filter will become lighter while the color on the opposite end of the spectrum will become darker. Using a red color filter can help darken a sky (blue) or lighten skin (red) for example. A couple benefits of using a digital filter is that you don't have to worry about breaking one like a glass filter, and you can experiment with the different color filters on a single image to find the best results.

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Did You Know?

Converting a color image to black and white can offer some very dramatic and story-telling images. By removing color, the viewer is now focused on the subject, lines, textures and light. The main subject can also become more isolated with out the distraction of colors, especially if there are bright colors in the background. Adding a dark vignette can help direct the viewer's eye into the image and to the subject.

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Did You Know?

Presets are the quickest way to visually see the results of some of the many adjustments that are available in Tonality. With over 100 Presets, you can select the 'look' that you want for your image with a simple click of a button. Make a change to a Preset in the Adjustment panel if needed to get that desired effect. Save a custom Preset that can be applied to other images at a later date for similar results. 

Special Thanks to
Industry Expert: Dan Hughes
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Questions covered in the above interview:

  1. What is the deal with Black and White Photography and why is it so popular?
  2. Do you feel as though there is a big difference between film based B&W and digital B&W?
  3. What problems do photographers run into while creating digital B&W images?
  4. What digital tools might you suggest for converting color images to black and white?
  5. Now that we’ve seen a few techniques, What photographers out there today are making truly amazing B&W photographs?
  6. Why would you say these photographers work is so well received?
  7. Just to cap the show off can you give us just one more great B&W post processing technique.