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Infra Red Photography

Luca Cesari

I was born in Italy in 1984 and have started seriously with photography in 2008. My favorite subjects are dreamy landscapes; I really can’t get enough of all those splendid moments spent creating something beautiful, which can make my thoughts travel back to the place and arise deep passionate feelings. My first approach on processing involved a lot of HDR’s and multiple exposure blending; at the moment I’m more and more into ‘getting it all right on site’ and, while still believing that an effective manipulation in the digital darkroom is essential to get the pre-visualized images (especially when dealing with Black and White images), I now try to capture the best negative in just one RAW file. Graduated Neutral Density filters help me on that.
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Why Buy A Red Filter

Russ Barnes

Why Buy A Red Filter? With Autumn pretty much upon us, I recently decided to get hold of a red 100mm resin filter to fit my Lee system. I figured with so much red and orange about to make itself seen that it would be a perfect time to try out a new approach to my mono conversions seeing as I work with black and white about half of the time. Autumn will not be in full swing for a couple of weeks yet in the UK though so I thought I'd get in early to try things out so I don't make too many mistakes later when it might really count. So why a red filter? Basically because I've been less than convinced with red software filter performance, particularly in my favoured Silver Efex Pro so I figured a hardware solution might be more reliable and give me better results. All will become clear presently.
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Digital Monochromatic printing with Piezography

Jeff Gaydash

This week's guest writer is Jeff Gaydash. Jeff Gaydash has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from The College For Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He was a partner in a photographic and digital imaging studio for 6 years and is now a web developer for Wunderman Team Detroit working on Ford Motor Company business. Jeff has recently made a conscious decision to move away from
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Tilt Shift Lenses

Regan Shercliffe

This week's guest writer is Regan Shercliffe and he writes about the use of Tilt Shift lenses in B&W fine arts photography.

Regan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Luther College at the University of Regina in Regina Saskatchewan Canada. He has been taking pictures for a number of years but has become a more serious student of photography over the last year. Regan's
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The use of color filters in B&W photography

Jerry Ipsen

As a bit of a purist and one who appreciates black and white photography, I believe in minimal post editing to achieve the best possible image. One school of thought suggests that it is best to shoot in color and later convert to B&W. The reason most often provided has nothing to do with technical superiority. Rather, by shooting in color the photographer instead has the choice of maintaining the image in color or later converting it to B&W.
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Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures - Part 3

Joel Tjintjelaar

How to calculate the exposure time? Choosing the right exposure time when using ND filters can be quite confusing. First of all, do a light metering without the ND filter. Most DSLR’s have a built-in light metering function. Just set your camera to aperture priority (AV for Canon, A for Nikon), select the aperture you want to use and press
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The Resurgence of Monotone Photography In The Digital Age

Joshua Wyborn

Besides articles on photography in general written by yours truly, you will also find a section on this site with articles written by guest writers. I have made a selection of guest-writers that I greatly admire for their vision or skills and who I think will broaden your vision on the world of photography. Most of them will be B&W photographers, some of them will be just great photographers
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Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures - Part 2

Joel Tjintjelaar

Last week's Part 1 of this series was just some basic information about long exposure photography. Today I'm going to discuss some more technical subjects. The difference between light and dark ND filters There’s a wide range of ND filters to choose from. There are ND filters starting from 1 stops to 10 stops. But
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Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures - Part 1

Joel Tjintjelaar

It’s no secret that I love long exposures. However, I already declared and explained my love for long exposure photography in another article. This article isn’t about why I make long exposures, it’s about the filters I use to make the long exposure.
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High Dynamic Range - Part 2

Joel Tjintjelaar

In part 1 of this series I discussed when and why you can or should use the HDR techniques in your photography. In this final part I will discuss how you can use HDR specifically for B&W. Bringing up the structure HDR really brings up the structure of objects, especially objects like wood or rocks. It actually depends on how
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High Dynamic Range - Part 1

Joel Tjintjelaar

HDR, what is it? First of all: this article isn’t about how to make HDR pictures. I want to give you a better understanding of what HDR is and when you can and should use it. So, let’s start. Imagine you are shooting a landscape on a bright and sunny day with some clouds. You fill the frame with 1/3 of landscape and
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Skies, how to make them special - Part 1

Joel Tjintjelaar

People often compliment me on the skies I use in my pictures, usually followed by the question “How did you do that?” Well, first of all, there are basically two ways to capture a sky:
  1. Without the use of a ND filter;
  2. With the use of a ND filter.
To make those skies
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Skies, how to make them special - Part 2 - With the use of a ND filter

Joel Tjintjelaar

In part 1 of this series I explained how you can get spectacular black and white skies by using some specific techniques in Photoshop. Part 2 of this series is more about the in-camera possibilities and conditions than about Photoshop. The setup First of all, you’ll need the following:
  1. A camera that has the option