Don’t for­get the prin­ci­ples of the tra­di­tional dark­room and re­mem­ber to get your images right in post

Digital Photograper - - Discover The Secrets Of Black And White -

In the days of black and white film, many pho­tog­ra­phers spent lots of time per­fect­ing their work in the tra­di­tional dark­room, se­lect­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate grade of pa­per, us­ing fil­ters and dodg­ing and burn­ing. These same prin­ci­ples can be taken into the dig­i­tal age, with the abil­ity to use Pho­to­shop, Lightroom and spe­cial­ist plug-ins like Nik Sil­ver Efex Pro to per­form the same range of ad­just­ments that were typ­i­cally car­ried out in the tra­di­tional dark­room. This in­cludes the abil­ity to ap­ply a square crop, as men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous tip, and repli­cate the ap­pear­ance of film grain in order to pro­duce a less ‘dig­i­tal’ look, if that’s your pref­er­ence.

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