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  –

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YOGURT MAGAZINE CALL FOR ENTRIES: uncanny derivations: desirable body, masculine or feminine, in contemporary photography

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Larisa Oancea, curator and content contributor at Yogurt Magazine, a creative magazine based in Rome focused on contemporary photography and visual arts sent us their Call for Entries to share our with our readers (and on social media)—

Taking its cue from Jung’s concept of “sublimation”, Yogurt Magazine is an ambitious visual research about the new anthropology of Eros. Our current call for artists reflects, as well, on the concept of desirable body and its uncanny derivations in contemporary photography.

YOGURT MAGAZINE

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The desirable body and its uncanny derivations in contemporary photography

Yogurt Magazine is seeking for photographies which grasp an original interpretation of the concept of sensuality and its uncanny derivations: desirable body, masculine or feminine, whole or fragmented.

You are invited to propose your photos to info@yogurtmagazine

DEADLINE: March 30th 2017

 

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Larisa Oancea

Yogurt Magazine

www.yogurtmagazine.com

 

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Pro’jekt LA OPEN CALL + New FotoFund Crowdfunding Platform for Photo-based Works

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OPEN CALL for PRO’JEKT LA – IG  Its FREE!
Pro’jekt LA presents curated, themed, outdoor photography projections all over the city of Los Angeles. Submit and get the chance to showcase and sell your best work to the LA community.
Tag @MonthofPhotoLA in an Instagram post (aka your submission photo) and include the following hashtags in the description: #monthofphotola,#moplaIGJam2016 and#laphotocommunity. Then, submit online! Here    Deadline – April 4th, 2016

FOTOFUND

Fotofund is a crowdfunding platform exclusively for photo-based works. It is a newly initiated program of Lucie Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of photography worldwide. They asked us to share one of their current projects with our readers.

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PROMOTION OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT IN BERLIN

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PiB | Photography in Berlin is a bilingual platform, in both English and German, for fine art photography in Berlin, Germany. PiB is a nonprofit initiative, dedicated to presenting and promoting highlights of Berlin’s remarkably versatile photographic landscape.

Photography events of all kind in Berlin (exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, etc.) can be submitted anytime for a joint Website and printed Newsletter Feature on PiB, and there is also the option to have your event published in the bi-monthly PiB Guide, which is distributed in selected galleries, project spaces, institutions and bookstores throughout Berlin.

Submit your photography event now!

Your Website/Newsletter event feature in PiB is free! (But ask for a voluntary contribution of 10€ to help support the platform and emerging photographers in Berlin.)

For publication in the bi-monthly PiB Guide there is a fee. If you wish to publish several events in the guide, or if you are a non-profit, please get in touch for an individual offer.

http://www.photography-in.berlin/list-your-event/

Call for International Photography Submissions on the Theme of IDENTITY

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The WYNG Masters Award welcomes photography submissions from all over the world. An annual,  issues-based award headquartered in Hong Kong, this year’s theme is IDENTITY. Images must relate to the theme and be made in or relate to Hong Kong.

The deadline for submission is 15 September 2015 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00).

From 15 June to 15 September 2015  the WYNG Masters Award invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic-based work. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and to the chosen theme IDENTITY. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2016. A full-colour catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition. The WYNG Masters Award will also host a series of talks, panels, and seminars during the exhibition period. The winner of WYNG Masters Award will receive a cash prize of HKD$250,000. Each of the six additional finalists will receive HKD$15,000.

The WYNG Masters Award international panel of judges is composed of industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit. They include Zoher Abdoolcarim, Abby Chen, Louise Clements, Frank Kalero, Leung Po Shan, Mary Ann Camilleri, Theme Judge (to be confirmed).
For details on how to enter please visit Entry Rules.

About IDENTITY

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else“
– Margaret Mead

Certain aspects of one’s individual identity such as race, gender, ancestry, genetic makeup and so on, come naturally at birth.  One could, however, consciously choose other aspects such as nicknames, profession, religion, hairstyles, ways of life, gender expression et cetera, to make oneself more unique. Between choice and nature, there are aspects such as nationality, history, psyche and social roles, which influence our sense of identity. Identity could simply be personal disposition, or an unwilling imposition by the society at large.

If identification of self makes the person, collective identity allows for mutual recognition-security as well as solidarity.  Group attributes, though, could be real or virtual, lasting or ephemeral, like one’s profile on social media. Overemphasis of the collective, however, could result in alienation, prejudice, confrontation and even enmity.

In the age of globalization, a local majority could easily become a minority in the wider world.  As global citizens, we hope for and embrace the belief that elastic and flexible identities can bring diversity and progress, rather than confrontation.

If defining our collective identities in this city seems like an almost impossible pursuit, images could, perhaps, provide a platform to start.

“Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation“
– Oscar Wilde

www.wyngmastersaward.hk

Call for Submissions: Photographic Still Life Bodies of Work

 

Touch.My.Prints seeks projects, finished or in-progress, of photographic still lifes.

Touch My Prints is interested in the special way the photographic process can flatten space.

In the process of a studio still life the artist can have complete control over lighting, objects, composition, etc. This control allows for a constructed environment to showcase a wide range of concepts.

Touch My Prints seeks these highly controlled still lifes to showcase in TouchMyPrints ISSUE04.

Bodies of work will be prioritized over a series of individual images.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission Fee: Free

Please submit 3-5 works from a body of work (complete or in-progress) for ISSUE04. Please include a brief description of your body of work / artist statement. (250 words or less)

IMAGE SUBMISSIONS

Please submit files at 300 dpi, with the longest side being 8 inches (2400 pixels), 8-bit and as a JPEG.

File Name would be Doe_Jane_01.jpeg

In the email (TouchMyPrints @ gmail .com) please list the following information for each image.

Title, Year Produced
Medium (i.e. Screenshot / Digital Photograph / Digital Collage)
Your Website (Professional Site / Twitter / Tumblr / etc)
Brief description of your body of work. (250 words or less)

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Submit your own work.
Follow the guidelines.
Please email  if you have questions.

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: July 20, 2015

 

 

Book Now: Princess and the Pea a Photographic and Video Event in Children’s Photography

 

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Treasure your child’s magical moments on a whole new level in an enchanting, original one-of-a-kind photo and video event that is booking now in the Akron, Ohio area of Portage Lakes!

Millie Mae Lane Photography is pleased to announce The Princess and the Pea, a photographic and video event in children’s photography on June 20th in Portage Lakes. In collaboration with Thespis per Lacus Media, this event is ushering in a new way of capturing special moments by preserving the gestures, laughs, and voices of little ones in a high quality, professionally edited short film, along with the traditional still photographs. The process they are developing is called motion portraiture.

Move over standard portrait photography, professional motion portraiture is the next big thing.

 

Fine art children’s photographer, Paige Lyon of Millie Mae Lane says, “Think the Disney Princess experience, but so much closer to home and more whimsical. I like to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that the child will delight in. I don’t want them to have staged smiles. I want them to come away from their portrait session feeling like they had a lot of fun. To see the joy in their eyes when the children see their composited image, they see themselves as an imaginary character… it’s fun and rewarding. I’m bringing to life something they only see in their head.”

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For this event, girls (toddlers and up) will get the royal treatment as a stylist prepares her for the shoot with dress selection and accessories. Then she’ll be transported into a fairy tale world as she gets her picture taken on a beautiful storybook set. As she plays and delights in being the unique princess she always imagined she could be, this joy will be captured in heirloom portraits… But that’s just the beginning.

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Emmy award winning producer, Hollie Brubaker from Thespis per Lacus Media will shoot beautiful footage of each child’s photography session, then record a short interview with each child and the special story that unfolds. The video will be creatively edited into a one minute vignette, a keepsake video. “There’s more video than ever being taken on smartphones, but how often do people have nice lighting, sound and creative shots that truly bring out their child’s essence?” says Brubaker.  “We are using the same quality you get from professional photos to actually bring them to life and share more than just a split second in time.”

Lyon and Brubaker both have a background in theatre, which they admit has given them an advantage in their work. Not only do they have the conceptual knowledge for ideas, but the technical and creative skills to bring them to fruition.

This event is tailored for girls, but a Superhero session is being planned for both boys and girls in the coming months.

They are offering three packages starting at just $175.  This is a one day affair and space is very limited. Contact (330) 221-0170 or hello@milliemaelane.com to book a session.

About Millie Mae Lane Photography

Millie Mae Lane uses photography to capture the magic of childhood with whimsically styled custom portrait sessions designed to inspire the imagination of your little ones. To contact the photographer for more information, please visit MillieMaeLane.com or call (330) 221-0170.

About Thespis per Lacus Media

Thespis per Lacus Media provides media production services for a changing digital landscape by tapping into our creative spirit, specializing in video for Cleveland area businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. To contact the videographer for more information, please visit ThespisPerLacus.com or call (330) 933-0494.

 

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Photographic Artists Collective: Open Call to Photographers to Join Project

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NOISE Collective: CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Noise electronic magazine and collective has an open call for photographers interested in taking part in a collective project.

Noise is accepting up to 3 new members for 2015.

Applicants must be:
– an active photographer (professional or amateur), producing work to share
– willing to be part of a no-profit collective
– Photographers with a sense of commitment
– Be an enthusiastic artist committed to sending a selection of your work (mini-projects or a set of single shots) 4 times per year for Noise electronic magazine
– Participate in private group
– Participate in social media promotion such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
– Agree to be administrator with the other members of the Noise official page on Facebook
Noise offers:
– Absolute creative freedom
– no restrictions or imposition on publishing your visual proposal
– Full control and freedom when you want to post on the collective facebook page
– Being part of a real collective where decisions are taken all together
– Being part of a collective project-focused, producing something real

If interested please send your submission (a presentation letter explaining the reasons why you want to join Noise and links to your online portfolio to review your work). Please don’t send attached files or images. Send to: alxcoghephotographer@gmail.com

NOISE Collective CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

E-list of International Photography Representatives and Photographer Agents, Gallerists +More 

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Film and Video Resources: Panavision Free Camera Packages, Women in Film Fund, Creative Grants

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A professor of photography once told me that she had visited the then Polaroid Corporate offices where she was given free film packages and loan of a large format camera, with Polaroid back, for the day–she had to return the equipment at the end of the day along with some of the resulting photos for the Polaroid Corporation’s collection.

Panavision, the leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries continues this tradition of loaning cameras in their New Filmmaker Program. If you are a student or low-budget indie filmmaker, Panavision might supply you with free camera packages. The New Filmmaker Program loans film and digital camera packages to filmmaker for student thesis films, low-budget independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, and any other type of short not-for-profit project.

If you are a creative artist with a photography, video, or film project there are now numerous newly added funding resources in our Photographers Resources PDF.

Other newly added programs include–Creative District  a new networking platform specifically for filmmakers. Their mission is to make a LinkedIn type of site specifically for filmmakers, to help film and media makers create more work.  They’re giving away up to $5,000 in grants each month for projects at any stage.  

Women In Film/Netflix Finishing Fund industry organization gives out sizable funds to films by women filmmakers, with a preference for plots about women. 

Now may be a good time to get your project off the ground, and Artist Marketing Resources provides numerous resources here.

Available Now: New Resources PDF for Photographers

Photographers Resources: International Photography Representatives and Photographer Agents, Print Sales Publishers, Gallerists and More in our new PDF!

New! Available for this first time now in early 2014. To get this PDF click here.

Our new PDF list contains the email contacts and clickable links to the websites of dozens of fine art photographer agents and photographer representatives internationally.

This PDF also lists photography galleries in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and more.

In this PDF you will find  clickable links to international fine art and commercial photography publishers, art licensing companies and publishers, stock photo resources and digital photography resources, art consultants seeking photographs + art videos for their corporate clients. This PDF has categories of resources for photography organizations, photography grants and fellowships, and photography magazines and blogs that accept submissions from photographers and publish photography, as well as many other resource categories. Any resources useful to fine art photographers, and fine art photographers who also do some commercial work, are listed in this PDF.

We know that photographers want more visibility for their work. Want to earn an income from their photographs, and advance their careers and increase their reputations. We research and continually add new links, resources, and contact information you can use on this PDF list.

This PDF Content list Categories:

  • Photography Agents and International Photography Representatives
  • Agents Representing Photographers and other artists
  • Stock Photography and Digital Resources/Monetize Your Images
  • Online Galleries and Print Sales for Photographers
  • Art Collector Sites and groups interested in photography
  • Photography Galleries and Organizations: Europe Photography Galleries, USA, Canada, South American Photography Galleries, Australia and Asia Photography Galleries
  • Galleries that Represent Artists and Photographers
  • Museums and Photography Curators and Critics
  • Photography Communities and Artist Registries
  • Apps for Sales and Promotions
  • Photography Awards, Grants, Fellowships
  • International Art Consultants that purchase photographs
  • Photography Publishers
  • Art Licensing Companies that contract with photographers
  • Copyright Organizations
  • Photography Magazines, Blogs, books to submit to for feature exposure
  • merchandising /Branding Agents and Reps Internationally
  • MISC: Film, TV, Video Resources
  • Print Resources for Photographers

 Get this PDF here.