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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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3   Drama through the Use of Filters

Various colored filters are used in analog black and white photography to change and determine gray scale distribution and subject contrast. Good digital cameras calculate this filter effect. Which filters should you use when photographing digitally in color mode?

In analog black and white photography, filters influence the translation of the various colors to gray values and consequently affect contrast as well. The most important color filters are yellow, orange, red, green, and blue.

Essentially, a filter allows the light waves of its own color to pass through but absorbs the light of its complementary color. For black and white photography, this means that colors in the image that are the same as the filter ...

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