Converting Your Color Photos to Fine Art Quality Black and White

Ancient Bristlecone, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Studio

Ancient Bristlecone, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Studio

You probably shoot images with your camera phone and then make adjustments or add effects using various apps, including one or more for converting your color photos to black and white (aka monochrome).  Many digital cameras also have options for converting color image captures to black and white. But those quick conversions are sort of one size fits all, and probably won’t produce the highest quality results for your specific image. Plus wouldn’t you like to know how to make color adjustments to get the best black and white results from the start. If you’d like to step up your quality and gain more control, master photographer Harold Davis has a new book to guide you. The title of the book is The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook.  The cover price is $35.00 but the book is currently available for $17.88 for a soft cover print copy and only $13.79 for a Kindle version.

Harold Davis, The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Press

Harold Davis, The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, published by Monacelli Press

 

The book will guide you in post-processing your images using such tools as are available in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz plug-ins. Not all are necessary. Each image layer is processed uniquely to your personal artistic vision, and the guidebook will get you started, answer many of your questions, and assist you in countless ways to help increase your understanding for better results. Of course, you still have to put in the time and effort. If you are already proficient using post process programs, and want to explore more possibilities for image effects, the last chapter of this book–CREATIVE B & W EFFECTS–covers such things as tinting and toning, split toning using various tools, selective color and hand painting, selective focus, solarizing, simulated infrared, vintage, antique and film effects, adding borders and so much more.

Rooftops of Paris, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer's Black and White Handbook, pg 196-197, split-toned image, book published by Monacelli Studio

Rooftops of Paris, photograph by Harold Davis from book The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook, pg 196-197, split-toned image, book published by Monacelli Studio

 

Harold Davis’ website is called the Digital Field Guide https://www.digitalfieldguide.com

You can view more b & w photos from the book in my Niume article here.

The author very recently talked about his book, conversion processes, and showed images in a B & H Photo video presentation  –

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s