Black and white processing can put the focus on a powerful expression or standout composition in a way that color just can’t. But editing in black and white requires a different approach from editing in color. And that’s where this new tutorial course comes in. You’ll get to watch the transformation of 10 images from various photography specialties, and discover the thought process behind the decisions that are made. Found here: Before/After Black & White Tutorials
If you’re like me, you love a great black and white image. See, when you remove the color from a photo, magic can happen. A person’s expression is suddenly imbued with more meaning. A cool composition becomes more bold, more dramatic. And our images gain a timelessness that allows our viewers to focus on messages that transcend the here and now.
But not every photo is going to make for a great black and white. No, if you want to create a knockout black and white photo, you need two key things:
- An image with aesthetic qualities that lend themselves to black and white.
- A set of editing skills specific to black and white processing!
Great black-and-white post-processing gives your images serious power. It puts the focus on great composition and expression, and can add drama, emotion, style, and a feeling of timelessness.
Best of all it doesn’t take a lot to make your processing effective. In the images below, most of the post-processing isn’t super noticeable. But once you spot it, you can see how it works to improve the photo. Can you discover what’s changed? Take a close look and test your post-processing detective skills:
#1. The Landscape Photographer
Get the skills you need to take a lifeless, overexposed shot and transform it into a stunning black and white that’s truly epic.
#2. Mother and Daughter
Learn to give your portrait shots the crisp, classic black and white finish that photographers want and clients love.
A subtle touch of sepia – that pretty golden-yellow tone we associate with old photos – can add elegance to your images. But when you rely on presets to add tones to your shots, you don’t have much control over the effect.
#4. The Shadow of the Camel
When you’re editing in black and white, you need a different approach from when you’re editing in color. This tutorial covers what tools to use, and how to use them, to make sure your black and whites really grab your viewer’s attention.
#5. The Diner
Just because you’re shooting digital doesn’t mean you have to give up that grainy film aesthetic.
#6. The Bride
This tutorial covers how to get that popular, washed-out look without losing punch or oomph. You’ll be able to create photos that are dreamily faded, but still effective at grabbing your viewer’s attention and directing it where you want it to go.
#7. The Train in the Trees
Dodging and burning can make the difference between a shot your viewer glances over, and one that stays with them. Learn these essential skills, and pick up tips that make them even easier to apply to your photos.
#8. Couple in the Trees
Textured backgrounds, like leafy trees, can seriously distract from your subject. This tutorial shows simple techniques to selectively brighten and darken background colors, and when to use them, to really help your subjects pop.
#9. NYC at Night
Night scenes can make for bold black and whites. But it’s easy to loose too much detail to the darkness. Learn how to subtly brighten night scenes to keep the detail and get the drama.
#10. Seattle Cafe
When you know what tools to use, it’s easy to take a black and white from totally bland to timelessly polished.
Before/After: Black & White is in a digital download format, so you can start learning right away. The tutorial comes as a .zip file with 10 HD .mp4 videos that work on both Macs and PCs. Download them and they’re yours to keep forever. They’ll always be there for a quick refresher, or to play while you do your own processing.
Found here: Before/After Black & White Tutorials
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