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The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Photoshop by Guy Tal

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12 Black-and-White

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

MARCEL PROUST

Black-and-white images, for most people, are hidden in plain view. While all visual perception is a combination of physiological and cognitive processes, the ability to see (or, more accurately, to visualize) in black-and-white is almost entirely reliant on the cognitive part of our visual system. To determine what it is we are looking at and how we should respond to it, our brains are conditioned to interpret light in terms of color and intensity. However, visualizing images in black-and-white is not about recognizing what objects or scenes literally are, but as photographer Minor White put it, “. . . what else they are”—what ...

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