Tag: Black and white

Fine art black and white with the Fujifilm GFX

I was lucky enough to get a Fujifilm GFX 50S on loan for two weeks to review in Digital Camera and Professional Photography and I’m really impressed by the tonal range and subtlety it can capture. This became obvious when I started working on a set of shots from a drizzle-swept day on Exmoor. The sky was heavy and flat and there was very little colour, so I decided to try to drag out a strong black and white image from my RAW originals. 01 The ‘start’ shot See what I mean? The day looked a complete washout, but having...

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Saturday Spotlight: Black and white filters

Why would you use colour filters when you’re shooting in black and white? It’s so that you can control the way different colours translate into shades of grey. For example, if you shoot through a red filter, it blocks colours other than red, so that opposite colours, like blue skies, for example, come out much darker in the black and white image. Red filters give very dramatic dark skies (as long as they’re blue, not a neutral grey) and create strong contrast in bright sunlight, yellow filters make blue skies darker and foliage lighter (foliage contains a lot of...

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Learn better black and white photography – with your phone

The way that certain cameras feel and work and operate lends them to a certain kind of photography. And for me, the iPhone is perfect for high-contrast, graphic black and white images. True, the image quality is some way short of what you’d get from a ‘proper’ camera, but when I’m using it I see the world differently and I see compositions in a way that I don’t when I’m looking in a camera viewfinder or at the back of a screen. Perhaps it’s because the camera is also the display medium? Imagine how differently we’d see and capture images if...

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8 free Lightroom presets and how they work

Part 1: ‘Densia’ Welcome to part 1 of an 8-part series on Lightroom editing presets and how they work. To go with this I’ve created 8 image presets you can download right now. Click here for a Dropbox link. You don’t need to have a Dropbox account – just click the ‘Download’ button at the top right. Depending on your browser, the presets will download either as a folder, or as a zip file you have to unzip into a folder. Once you’ve done that, launch Lightroom, open an image in Develop mode and then right-click anywhere in the Presets panel and...

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Sunday step-through: Black and white in Capture One Pro

Maybe you wouldn’t normally think of Capture One Pro as an image-editor. It’s a superb RAW converter and general image enhancement tool, but most of the time you’d probably swap to a plug-in or an external editor for really detailed effects work – especially any that required localised adjustments. But I’ve been spending some time with Capture One Pro and, being a bit of a black and white nut, I thought I’d try it out one some images I shot in Dawlish, on the UK’s South Devon coast, on a blustery, showery February day. 01: The start shot So it’s not much...

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