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Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies by Lee Varis

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5

Tone and Contrast: Color and B+W

The B+W aesthetic is familiar and often desirable for photographing people. Unfortunately, with digital photographs, the process of converting from color to B+W is often treated as a trivial mode change followed with contrast-enhancing curves. Photoshop provides many different methods for creating monochrome images. After you learn the types of controls available, a whole new creative frontier opens for you to explore. Photoshop can truly become the ultimate B+W darkroom, allowing the digital photographer to go well beyond the Ansel Adams Zone System.

We are going to examine a wide range of B+W options and also see how to apply B+W tonality to color images.

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Converting to B+W

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