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Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom by Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Leslie Alsheimer

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SEEING IN BLACK AND WHITE

 

Irecall when shooting film that there was a mental shift necessary when I swapped from Velvia to TMAX; shooting in black and white required a different state of mind. Though much has changed in the never-out-of film, instant gratification world of digital, a change of mind is as important as ever.

In color you can have similar tonal values, but completely different colors, and so the two side by side can still create a dramatic image. The same colors in a black and white image simply blend together and appear drab. Looking back again to those distant days of film use, many times I would find myself before a brilliant, colorful sunset, only to realize that I was loaded with black and white film. As a young rookie, I ...

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