How to Use a Photoshop Gradient Map For Stunning Black and White Photos?

DSC_2145-Edit-2_0,5 sec at f - 9,5_11 mm_ISO 100_NIKON D7100One of the best ways to use to convert an image to a toned black and white image is by using Photoshop’s Gradient Map tool. With the gradient map tool, you can create a lot of kick-ass looking toned black and white photos, but you can also create some crazy stuff which looks horrible, so take care.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with the Photoshop Gradient Map tool to achieve a professional looking toned black and white image.

Here is the original color image that I will convert into a toned black and white photo using a gradient map in Photoshop.

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5 Sure Fire Elements to Improve your Black and White Photography

Before the invention of Kodachrome in 1936, the only medium that was available to the mass of photographers was black and white photography. With the invention of color printing one would think black and white photography would see it’s demise, but instead, it caused the medium to see a surge in popularity. Loved for its simplicity and raw attitude toward the photograph, learning the art of black and white photography is an expertise that everybody should consider.

To break up a black and white photo, you have to take contrast, shape, form, lighting, and the subject into consideration as separate entities. Color is said to distract away from the subject, so using a black and white scheme can allow the focus to rest on your subject, whether that be a landscape, cityscape or nature. With color photography everywhere, black and white photography allow a much-needed change in the photography world, like a breath of fresh air. But it comes with challenges too.

Below you will find a list of 5 key elements to use in your black and white photography to make stronger photos. Whether you just focus on one of them or include several of these elements in one photo is up to you and your creative choice.

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How to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to Create Amazing Black and White Images?

What is it about black and white photography that is so amazing? And how can you create it?

In a world full of color, we often get attracted to the colors that ‘screams’ the most for attention or the colors that have the greatest visual mass in a photo. But in some photos, we want the viewers to look at something else like the textures, shapes, lines or connections between two subjects. Creating great black and white images are about obtaining a good contrast. Without it, black and white images will look flat and uninteresting. And Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 got some cool tools to work with to do just that. 

In this article, I will show you how to work with Silver Efex Pro 2 so you can create amazing black and white images.

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