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About Harold Davis
Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley),Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press) and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly). Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.
Harold is a popular presenter on digital photography topics. His workshops are often sold out.
Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh and Edward Weston.
Harold lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Phyllis Davis, a graphic designer and writer who frequently collaborates with Harold on book projects. They have four children.
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This definitive guide includes:
■ How to see in black and white
■ Pre-visualization in digital photography
■ Understanding black and white composition
■ How to create your own black and white workflow
■ Black and white in ACR, Lightroom, and Photoshop
■ Using black and white plug-ins including Nik Silver Efex Pro and Topaz B&W Effects
■ Extending tonal range with multi-RAW processing and monochromatic HDR ■ Post-production techniques for working with dynamic range
■ Creative black and white special effects
■ Find out how to tone, tint, colorize, solarize, and simulate IR
■ Work with LAB to create unique black and white effects ■ Great tools for unleashing your photographic imagination
■ Beautiful photographs by Harold Davis chosen to inspire and guide you
Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. In Creative Black and White, 2nd Edition, renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography, as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black-and-white imagery, and shows how to capitalize on each and every one of them. This new, revised, and expanded edition brings the tools up to date with extended sections on monochrome in Lightroom, Photoshop, and related plugins.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE MONOCHROMATIC VISION
- Past, Present, and Future
- Thinking in Black and White
- Color Implied
- The Tonal Landscape
- Visual Implication
- Seeing in Black and White
- Pre-Visualization Techniques
- Black and White Composition
- Patterns and Lines
- Shape and Form
- High Key
- Low Key
- Shades of Gray
- Finding Monochromatic Subjects
- Black and White at Night
- Photographing People
- Portraiture in Black and White
BLACK AND WHITE IN THE DIGITAL ERA
- Digital Black and White Roadmap
- The RAW Advantage
- Black and White in Adobe Camera RAW
- Black and White in Lightroom
- Grayscale Conversion Using Presets
- HSL Conversion
- Exposure Gradients and Adjustments
- Exporting Virtual Copies into Photoshop as Layers
- Multiple Layers and Masking in Photoshop
- Multi-RAW Processing in Photoshop
- Black and White in Photoshop
- Blending with Black
- Using the Channel Mixer
- Black & White Adjustment Layers
- Silver Efex Pro
- Topaz B&W Effects
- OnOne Perfect B&W
- The Digital Analog to the Analog Zone System
- Combining Conversions in Photoshop
CREATIVE BLACK AND WHITE OPPORTUNITIES
- Lighting and Monochromatic Photos
- Creating High-Key Effects
- Creating Low-Key Effects
- HDR in Black and White
- Shooting for HDR
- Using HDR Software
- Toning and Tinting
- Tinting with a Black & White Adjustment Layer
- Split Toning
- The Ansel Adams Effect
- Selective Color
- Hand Coloring
- Using LAB Color
- Inverting the L Channel
- Equalizing LAB Channels
- Swapping Tonalities
- Using Blendin
When creating a monochromatic image, a photographer needs to pre-visualize the image in black and white---which can be a daunting task in our vibrantly colored world. How can you recognize an opportunity for a stunning black and white image? And how does taking a monochromatic image differ from capturing a full-color image? this book will teach you.
-- Learn to see and think in black and white
-- Convert RAW files to black and white
-- Use full color information to create black and white photos in LIghtroom and Photoshop
-- Create monochromatic images using multi-RAW processing and HDR
-- Learn how to apply tinting, toning, and other special effects
Technically, close-up photography is demanding. But with the right information you'll be able to unleash your creative potential in the world of close-ups and macro photography.
"Creative Close-Ups" explains the equipment you need to succeed with macro photography, including macro lenses, extensions tubes, and what to look for in a good tripod.
In this book you will:
Explore the world of close-up photography
Learn macro photography techniques
Learn stacking, and how to extend images with stacked sets
Create impressionistic images of flowers
Use aperture creatively in your close-ups
Make your own still life studio
Creatively light macro photos
Coming from the perspective that true inspiration and great image making are at the core of any high-level photographic endeavour, Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer presents an organized and cohesive plan for kickstarting creativity, and then taking the resulting work into the real world. The ideas presented have been formulated by Harold Davis over many years working as a creative artist and award-wining photographer, and in the celebrated workshops he has developed and led all around the world. These concepts are presented with accompanying exercises so that readers can put them into everyday practice as well as workbook pages bound into the book for note taking and journaling. This book will enrich your photographic practice whether the goal is simply to enrich your photography or to make money from your work.
How do you master the art of lighting your photographs? Go beyond the basics, go beyond the "rules," and get creative with the help of renowned photographer Harold Davis. In this book, Harold shows you how to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and create unique, lively, and beautifully lit photographs. Packed with tips and tricks as well as stunning examples of the author’s creativity, this book will both inform and inspire you to create your own lighting style.
- Teaches you when and how to control the light in your photographs
- Reviews the basic “rules” of digital photography lighting and shows you how to break the rules to create your own uniquely lit images
- Helps you start building a lighting style of your own
- Includes stunning examples of the author’s photography and lighting techniques
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned digital photographer, you'll find ideas and techniques to spark your creativity.
With the advent of digital photography, new horizons in extending dynamic range are possible. HDR techniques now make it easy to extend the dynamic range of an image well beyond the capability of the human eye.
In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques.
Packed with stunning image examples, Creating HDR Photos brings this essential digital technique within every photographer’s grasp.
Topics cover include: creative pre-visualization; choice of lenses; lighting; exposure; RAW processing; depth-of-field; how to frame a photo; telling a story with photos; recognizing poerful composition; finding the magic in everyday objects.