Seven skills to mas­ter mono­chrome

Digital Photograper - - Contents -

Find out the es­sen­tial skills and tricks you need to mas­ter in order to start shoot­ing stun­ning mono

Black and white is at the very heart of pho­tog­ra­phy. it’s how pho­tog­ra­phy first came into be­ing, how the ear­li­est pho­tos were cap­tured and re­mains for many the purest form of pho­tog­ra­phy. But, per­haps be­cause it’s al­ways been there, it can be taken for granted and used in­cor­rectly. Some pho­tog­ra­phers, per­haps with­out ad­mit­ting it even to them­selves, use black and white as a fall-back op­tion, when the colour orig­i­nal dis­ap­points them in some way. Many pho­tog­ra­phers, mean­while, are rarely truly happy with their black and white con­ver­sions, but there is much you can do to get bet­ter re­sults.

Over the next few pages, you will dis­cover how to achieve far bet­ter re­sults from black and white, as we dis­til what we con­sider to be the seven se­crets be­hind stun­ning mono. From the cor­rect ap­proaches to pre-vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, through to how you process your images, this fea­ture is in­tended to help you progress as a black and white pho­tog­ra­pher and take your work to the next level.


LeftTO THE LIGHT “A com­pi­la­tion of two images to cre­ate ex­tra at­mos­phere, brought to­gether in Pho­to­shop, with shadow added to the fig­ure in func­tion of the in­com­ing light. the fig­ure was cut out with the Pen tool, a shadow made with a copy of the fig­ure in ques­tion… then ad­justed with the Blur tool to ap­pear re­al­is­tic”

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