Chapter 8. Better Black & White Images with RAW
Like most photographers, I hold a special place in my heart for black and white photography. If you take away the red, greens, and blues and replace them with subtle shifts of luminance, you’ll find form and shape are emphasized. A beautiful black and white image is a welcome respite to the eyes and mind in a world full of oversaturated and gaudy color.
In this chapter, I’ll show you a couple ways to use Camera Raw and Photoshop to generate a wide range of tones and tints from your RAW files and make black and white images that rival—and even surpass—traditional film shooting and processing techniques.
|RAW Is Inherently Grayscale|
|Using Camera RAW to Generate Black & White Images|
|Shooting Considerations for Black & White Images|
|Using Calibration Controls to Fine Tune and Tint|
|Advanced Localized Black & White Control|
RAW Is Inherently Grayscale
A photographer I know questioned the validity of converting a color digital image to black and white, or technically, grayscale. His point of reference was the traditional film world where he’d never shoot color film when he wanted a black and white result. He was comforted when I explained that in reality all digital images are fundamentally grayscale and they aren’t “converted” to grayscale. Sensors only record luminance values for color-filtered pixels. The characteristic ...