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Creative Black and White (2nd Edition)

Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. In Creative Black and White, 2nd Edition, renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography, as well as when and how...
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BOOK AUTHOR

Harold Davis

PAGE COUNT

320 pages

TRIM SIZE

7.5 x 9.25in

COVER

Soft Cover- without flaps

ISBN

9781681984964

PUBLISH DATE

08/2019

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • THE MONOCHROMATIC VISION
  • Past, Present, and Future
  • Thinking in Black and White
  • Contrast
  • Color Implied
  • The Tonal Landscape
  • Visual Implication
  • Seeing in Black and White
  • Pre-Visualization Techniques
  • Black and White Composition
  • Framing
  • Patterns and Lines
  • Shape and Form
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Shades of Gray
  • Finding Monochromatic Subjects
  • Black and White at Night
  • Photographing People
  • Portraiture in Black and White
  • BLACK AND WHITE IN THE DIGITAL ERA
  • Digital Black and White Roadmap
  • The RAW Advantage
  • Black and White in Adobe Camera RAW
  • Black and White in Lightroom
  • Grayscale Conversion Using Presets
  • HSL Conversion
  • Exposure Gradients and Adjustments
  • Exporting Virtual Copies into Photoshop as Layers
  • Multiple Layers and Masking in Photoshop
  • Multi-RAW Processing in Photoshop
  • Black and White in Photoshop
  • Blending with Black
  • Using the Channel Mixer
  • Black & White Adjustment Layers
  • Silver Efex Pro
  • Topaz B&W Effects
  • OnOne Perfect B&W
  • The Digital Analog to the Analog Zone System
  • Combining Conversions in Photoshop
  • CREATIVE BLACK AND WHITE OPPORTUNITIES
  • Lighting and Monochromatic Photos
  • Creating High-Key Effects
  • Creating Low-Key Effects
  • HDR in Black and White
  • Shooting for HDR
  • Using HDR Software
  • Toning and Tinting
  • Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer
  • Split Toning
  • The Ansel Adams Effect
  • Selective Color
  • Hand Coloring
  • Using LAB Color
  • Inverting the L Channel
  • Equalizing LAB Channels
  • Swapping Tonalities
  • Using Blending Modes
  • LAB Inversions
  • Soft Focus
  • Adding Soft Focus
  • Pinhole Effect
  • Solarization
  • Using Curves to Solarize an Image
  • Simulating the Blossfeldt Effect
  • Duotone and Tritone Effects
  • Adding and Reducing Noise
  • Film Effects
  • Infrared Camera Conversions
  • Infrared Conversion without an IR Camera
  • Creating X-Ray Images
  • MOBILE BLACK AND WHITE
  • Black and White using a Cell Phone Camera
  • Working with Snapseed
  • Toward a Monochromatic Mobile Workflow
  • Notes and Resources
  • Glossary
  • Index

3 reviews for Creative Black and White (2nd Edition)

  • This is an excellent guide to making amazing black-and-white photographs. This is a book you will keep on your shelf and refer to often because, not only does the author give you many ideas on creating monochromatic pictures, but he gives you the recipes as well. All in easy to understand language with very helpful illustrations via his photographs. The first photo illustrations in the book sold me on this writer. They are long exposure, black and white shots like I haven’t seen before. Creative, indeed!

    His captions are excellent because they talk about the conceptual history of the picture as well as how he made the picture and the exposeure settings. Much more than the usual caption and I find it very useful. Fun thing: the author points out that, in the days of film, you could shoot black and white or color but you could not shoot both with the same roll. He goes on to point out that, even though in digital you can shoot either way, it’s always better to shoot in color and convert it to black-and-white post production. I agree.

    I loved and appreciated Davis’ section on pre-visualization techniques. He explains that, in the digital world, visualization of potential shots includes knowledge of the huge number of post processing techniques there are. In other words, you need to know your options. He gives excellent tips on how to decide whether black and white will be a useful option in a particular situation. For example, he looks for contrast between highlights and shadows.Later in the book Davis talks about using Photoshop’s channel mixer for converting black and white photos. I have use this tool for infrared, but not for black and white – what a revelation! He also recommends split toning which I actually never considered with black and white conversions but will try now. Glad to see he’s a cheerleader for Silver Efex Pro because so am I. That app gives you so many choices for each conversion from color to black-and-white.

    I use HDR almost daily in my color photos, but I am not aware that I have ever used it in black-and-white. Now I have a reason to do so because Davis explains how to do it and why it’s often a good, creative idea. Makes sense because HDR of course gives you a much bigger tonal range which, in black-and-white, can make a lot of difference. The author gives many Photoshop tips which I love because I use Photoshop 🙂 For example, he talks about adding soft focus in Photoshop and also giving a photo the pinhole effect. I appreciate when authors give me new ideas of how to use my existing tools. Also, I had never considered solarizing an image until this book. Not only does he explain what that is, but Davis gives several methods by which to solarize an image. He renders all of them easy to understand and I’m eager to give it a try.

    At the finish of the book the author covers shooting with smart phones, the camera we always have with us :-). Most photography books that are not explicitly all about smart phone photography don’t mention your smart phone but concentrate only on DSLRs or maybe compact cameras. Yet, all of us who have smart phones use the camera, so how great to have a whole section of the book about shooting black and white photography with your cell phone! Funny, he points out that the resolution on his current smart phone is better than his first DSLR’s. he discusses the various apps to use, noting that Snapseed is his favorite. I find that many authors favor this app so I need to use it anymore 🙂

    I am much enjoyed this book and got more out of it than I have out of some other manuals and black-and-white photography. I highly recommend it.

  • I started as a Black & White photographer and never left the art. Over the years I have read hundreds of books on Black & White Photography and will state that this is one of the I ever read! Mr. Davis has a unique ability in expressing his art and is equally versed in the technical aspects. The printing format and the photographic illustrations are without equal. WELL DONE!

    Of particular interest is using Raw formats and converting to Black and white or first converting to black and white and then processing the raw file.

    Recently I came in possession of high speed film and can’t wait to get my film cameras out of mothballs. All of Mr. Davis’ techniques will work equally well with film.

    This is a superior book that every photographer should have in his library.

  • (verified owner)

    This is such an informative book. I worked with B&W prior to digital and utilized the Adams process.
    This is the digital process book from the beginning to final print with and for digital. It really gets into one’s head and gives the insight to ‘seeing in b&w’ to be creative within this medium!
    Thank you for your creative vision and style to impart to new converts what it is all about!
    Well Done!

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