Take remarkable photos in Black and White.
Black and white photos are timeless and more artistic than their more popular color counterparts. They almost have a surreal and dreamlike quality; looking cleaner than a color image.
In this e-book, I’ll explain why black and white images are so popular; what types of photos are best converted to black and white; why tone, shadow and texture are so important; and why black and white abstract images work so well.
And, of course, I'll show you how to convert your images to black and white the best way (yes, there is more than one way!).
Landscape images make an ideal candidate for converting into black and white. You can create some dark skies with clouds that almost pop out of the image, like in the stunning creation below. Or emphasize beams of sunlight.
Almost any portrait photo will be enhanced by converting to black and white. See how the boy's freckles are enhanced by the conversion? And his hair and clothes are no longer a distraction from his face.
Change the 'feel' of a photo, too. Because of the absence of pink and red, the black and white has a more sombre tone.
Black and white photos are excellent for highlighting the texture in your images. Because there is no color, our eyes are naturally drawn to the detail of the texture. Notice how your eye concentrates on the wood grain in this magnificent violin detail image.
Did you know there are an enormous number of ways to convert your image to black and white?
We’ll start by covering the quickest way to convert your image to black and white, and I’ll give you some tricks so you can start to ‘see in mono’ – see your scene as it will look in black and white before photographing it.
In chapter 2, I’ll show you the tricks for creating stunning black and white portrait photos. I’ll tell you what settings to use with your camera to ensure your portrait will look the best in black and white, as well as how to know ahead of time if you’ll have any distracting elements taking away from your main subject.
Because of the absence of color, lighting, texture and particularly shadow are much more important elements. I’ll show you what to look for when composing your black and white image, how to recognize (and highlight) great textures, and how to nail down the perfect shadows.
By converting to black and white (and removing all color in our photos), we're already giving our viewers a disjointed view of reality. Today, we'll go one step further and create abstract photos. It's actually easier to do with black and white photos!
While it's true that landscapes do make fabulous color images, they can actually look better as a black and white. Without the distractions of that deep blue lake, or bright spring flowers, your viewer can really appreciate the beauty of nature. I'll explain when to convert your landscapes to black and white, how to get the exposure spot on, and what camera settings are best.
It's time to stop looking at your subjects as, well, subjects. By seeing your subjects and surroundings as parts of a graphical composition, you'll quickly be able to find the beauty in any composition.
Did you know there are millions of possible ways to desaturate your photo? Today, I'll show you how you can emphasize your subject (and diminish other parts of your image) during the black and white conversion. As a result, you'll end up with much better black and white compositions.
Finally, we'll look at the three elements that make or break a black and white. We'll find and emphasize the patterns, forms and range of tones we all see around us.
I've avoided using technical jargon in my courses and ebooks, so you'll get amazing insights; even if you're new to photography. And when I use a term that not everyone would know, I link to a separate article that fully explains the term.
More advanced photographers will love the "Assignments" section where I challenge you to take your camera to the limits!
And you can use your current camera! My techniques work for Point and Shoot, Bridge and DSLR cameras - even the camera on your phone!
Killer photography tips, experiences, stories and real life application of photographic principles
Fast Photography Tips Book 1 is 227 pages containing 62 articles on photography. This book concentrates on the basics of creating great photos. We cover the 'must know' information about cameras like using scene modes, as well as how Aperture, Shutter Speed, Lighting and ISO work together to enhance your image.
Photography is much more than how to use your camera, however. So I've included articles that help you experiment to find that special look, angle, or composition for your image, plus lots of information to get your brain whirring with new photographic possibilities!
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