Learning About Black & White Photography

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Black-and-white photography can either be shot on black-and-white film or as a color digital photograph that is converted to black and white after it is taken. Find out how to shoot black-and-white photography with information from a professional art and commercial photographer in this free video on photography.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca Guenther with www.M5A1photography.com and I'm going to help talk to you about how to learn black and white photography. Now with the advent of digital it's important to point out that there are two completely separate ways now to do black and white. You can either shoot film black and white in which case, you know the ASA or the speed of the film is going to make a big difference on the appearance of the final product. For example, two hundred speed film or one hundred speed film is going to have very very small grain so the picture's going to look a lot smoother. Versus thirty two hundred speed film, it's going to be a lot grainier, sometimes it gives them a moodier look when it comes to black and white film. And for black and white film, you would need to be able to develop the film. You can usually do this from home pretty easily. And you'll need to have a dark room to print. Again, this is all stuff that you can set up if you have any room. The most important thing is to make sure that you have ventilation if your going to be using the chemicals in your house. When it comes to shooting black and white digital, generally the image is shot in color and then converted to black and white and whatever post processing program that you use. You can use Channel Mixer to achieve this. You can just hit, turn black and white or convert to gray scale, and mess with the levels and achieve the look that you want. Again when you're shooting digital you're still going to have the option of shutter speed and of film speed and all of this is going to affect how the final product looks. So you want to be very mindful of that. You know, do you want things that are grainier or more pixely when it comes to digital? Or do you want something that's smoother? And then you can also change it up in the digital conversion as well. And that's just a little bit about black and white photography.

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