≡ Menu

Black And White Digital Photography

It Usually Starts In Color For A Good Black And White Photo

Very few times will you see someone taking pictures in black and white with a digital camera as most can use software to create black and white digital photography with a color camera. Most often the image is taken in color and then converted to black and white. This can be done either through the camera and its built-in abilities or the software used to enhance and store pictures on your computer.

Just as there are no traditional cameras designed for color or black and white pictures, it depends on the type of film being used. For black and white digital photography there are no special cameras or memory cards, it hinges on the camera mode the user chooses. Most renderings of black and white digital photography, however are a result of converting the image with software.

Typically, many color images are taken using 8-bit color and are converted to 10-bit black and white. While this technique works well, for better quality black and white digital photography prints, converting the 8-bit images to 16-bit images will allow better grey scale rendering for your black and white prints. Many may not see the big difference between the two, but when viewed on your computer’s software, they become more evident.

Layering Images Offers Better Detail In Digital Photo

When converting color images to black and white digital photography many prefer using their software’s ability to work with each color layer individually. For example, Adobe’s Photoshop gives you the option of working with all three layers, red, blue and green at the same time or with each layer individually. Depending on any color misrepresentations by lighting, this can allow more control over the overall quality of your print.

Working with the blue layer, for instance, you may be able to lighten or darken any clouds in the picture without affecting the brightness of the subject of the picture. However, since you are converting a picture to black and white digital photography working with a specific color, in this case blue, any bodies of water or large object that fall into that color spectrum will also be affected.

One of the greatest things about working with black and white digital photography, is that you can save your original on your computer before beginning to make any changes. Later, if you are not happy with the results, you can delete any changes you made and start over again and the only thing you lose is some time.

An article on how to take a good black and white picture
[ois skin=”abovebelowpostoptin”]