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Black and White Photography

  • Create timeless and artistic photos
  • Two different ways to create magical B&W photos
  • Which photos are best converted to Black and White
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Timeless and Artistic

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!).

Black and White highlights the texture in this elephant's skin

Lavish Landscapes

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.

Image by Alice Mayer-Heaton

Perfect Portraits

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.

Terrific Textures

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.

What's in the 84 page eBook?

  • I'll show you two ways to quickly convert your color photos to black and white.
  • See how to highlight your subject during the conversion
  • Highlighting skin tones, texture and eyes for portrait photos
  • What to look for in your landscapes to create a dramatic black and white image
  • Enhancing light, shadow and textures
  • Featuring pattern, form and tone
  • Creating amazing abstract black and white photos
  • Looking further than black and white

Create Infinite Variations!

Did you know there are an enormous number of ways to convert your image to black and white?

Our original color photo.

This is a standard B&W conversion. The tomato blends into the background.

Let's highlight our wonderful tomato

Alternatively, we can highlight the vegetation

We can push the conversion to make the scene look surreal.

How about these 'lanterns' at night?

Chapter List

1. Converting 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.

2. Portraiture

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.

3. Light, Shadow and Texture

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.

4. Abstracts in Black and White

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!

5. Landscapes

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.

6. Seeing Graphical Elements

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.

7. Advanced conversions

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.

8. Pattern, Form, Tone

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.

No Jargon - Use ANY Camera!

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!

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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!

Here's what's included in the ebook:

  • Telling a Story
  • How To Take Unique Photos
  • 5 Photography Myths
  • How To Make The Same Shot Different
  • When To Shoot In Portrait Or Landscape Mode
  • How Lines, Shapes and Colors Impact The Impression Your Photo
  • Centering Your Subject
  • Avoiding Bad Foregrounds
  • Digital Camera Modes – Scene Modes
  • Creating Vivid Portraits With Catchlights
  • How To Create Flattering And Vivacious Portraits
  • When It's Okay To Break The Rules Of Photography
  • How To Add Detail To Your Photographs
  • Award Winning Shots That Appear In Time Magazine
  • How To Select Your Images
  • Where do you put the focus in the picture?
  • Why Does Sharpening Help?
  • How To Setup A Home-Based Photography Studio
  • How to Correctly Expose An Image
  • The Trinity: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
  • Switching Between Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Other Modes
  • And a lot more!

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FAQs

  • Do I need an Image Editor? Not necessarily. Your camera likely has a 'convert to black and white' option. Most of this e-book helps you 'see' photos that work fabulously in black and white, so your camera's conversion will work just fine. However, for the more advanced conversions I discuss in chapter 7, you will need an image editor like Photoshop or Elements.
  • Is this just for DSLR owners? No! This ebook caters for any gear from a DSLR to the camera on your phone! Taking great photos is not about what camera you have - it's about knowing how to capture any scene.
  • Can I read it on my iPad or tablet? Yes. The course can be viewed by any device that has access to the Internet using your browser. Or you can download the ebook and take it with you!
  • Is there a hard cover version? Unfortunately not. To keep the cost of the course down, I'm only making it available as a digital purchase.
  • Have another question? I'm here to help! Simply email me and I'll get back to you - usually within 24 hours.

A Black and White conversion can make an amazing photo - even of the most boring of subjects! Image Source