Saturday, March 28, 2009

Black and White

Black and white photography can look really interesting if it is done right, it can express emotion without the distraction of color. The key is to have a subject with contrast and detail where it needs to be, along with shadows and texture. Just as in color photography, it's very important not to clutter the image with unnecessary objects and the way you compose the image is a key factor. I still have much to learn in black and white, but I think it's a great thing to experiment with.

To make a photo black and white, first open the photo in your image editing program.

Then click
Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate (Shft+Ctrl+U)
It will probably be different in programs other than Photoshop.

Then if you want, use the Levels adjustment to add more contrast to your photo.

You can also add a touch of color to your black and white photos.
Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Color Balance

In this photo the animal blends in too much with the background, making the image too busy. It's hard to focus on the subject of the photo.

Architecture can look good in black and white because of the shapes and shadows.

Thanks for reading!
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