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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

ISBN: 978-1-118-07614-9
240 pages
February 2011
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Learn how breaking photographic rules can result in stunning black-and-white photos

Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black-and-white imagery, and shows how to capitalize on every one.

Richly illustrated with the author's own images, this beautiful guide presents the skills needed for great black-and-white photos while encouraging your confidence and creativity.

  • Goes beyond basics to teach photographers how to conquer the challenges posed by black-and-white photography
  • Appeals to professionals and serious amateurs who are interested in exploring creative black-and-white imagery
  • Presents photography fundamentals and shows how black and white requires some of the rules to be bent
  • Encourages creative thinking and confidence
  • Lavishly illustrated with Harold Davis's outstanding monochromatic photos

Whether you're a professional just venturing into black and white or a serious amateur, Creative Black & White will both educate and inspire you.

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Table of Contents


The Monochromatic Vision.

Past, Present, and Future

Thinking in Black and White


Color Implied

The Tonal Landscape

Visual Implication

Seeing in Black and White

Pre-Visualization Techniques

Black and White Composition


Patterns and Lines

Shape and Form

High Key

Low Key

Shades of Gray

Finding Monochromatic Subjects

Black and White at Night

Portraits in Black and White

Black and White in the Digital Era.

Digital Black and White Roadmap

The RAW Advantage

Black and White in Adobe Camera RAW

Black and White in Lightroom

Grayscale Conversion Using Presets

HSL Conversion

Exposure Gradients and Adjustments

Exporting Virtual Copies into Photoshop as Layers

Multiple Layers and Masking in Photoshop

Multi-RAW Processing in Photoshop

Black and White in Photoshop

Blending with Black

Using the Channel Mixer

Black & White Adjustment Layers

Silver Efex Pro

Combining Conversions in Photoshop

Creative Black and White Opportunities.

Lighting and Monochromatic Photos

Creating High-Key Effects

Creating Low-Key Effects

HDR in Black and White

Shooting for HDR

Using Photomatix

Toning and Tinting

Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer

Split Toning

Selective Color

Hand Coloring

Using LAB Color

Inverting the L Channel

Equalizing LAB Channels

Swapping Tonalities

Using Blending Modes

Soft Focus

Adding Soft Focus

Pinhole Effect


Using Curves to Solarize an Image

Duotone and Tritone Effects

Adding and Reducing Noise

Film Effects

Infrared Camera Conversions

Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera

Notes and Resources.



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Author Information

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing, and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.
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