how to use the histogram for black & white pictures - Darah Soria

how to edit black & white pictures with the histogram in lightroom & other simple photography software programs

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If you have been following my lessons then you probably have completed a 2-dimensional photography project. If not, then I highly recommend doing that first so that you have some simple images to work with that aren't completely overwhelming.

importing, editing & exporting your pictures

If you are already familiar with software, but you are not knowledgeable in how a historgram works, then that is going to be your biggest take away and it is taught in the first video. The second video is optional, as it pertains specifically to Adobe Lightroom™ and if you are using a different program it will mostly serve as irrelevant information.

Editing software is extremely versatile, intimidating and confusing for many beginners. To start, it is recommended that beginners master black and white editing before jumping into color photography, which adds yet another obstacle to learning. Before editing in color, a photographer should become familiar with color theory, which is an advanced technique. Color does not need to be in a picture unless the color is bringing something to the photograph.

ADOBE LIGHTROOM OR CAMERA RAW ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS AS THE SKILLS LEARNED IN THOSE PROGRAMS CAN EASILY BE TRANSFERRED TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LATER ON ONCE YOU ARE PROFICIENT WITH  BASIC EDITING.

how to edit & edit exposure for black and white pictures

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You may also choose to use an open source program (E.G. Gimp which is funded through donations), tablet apps or others which don't cost money if you are comfortable enough with them. Don’t worry about one which has a bunch of advanced features and focus more on one which integrates the ability to make minor changes to exposure (blacks, shadows, whites, highlights); contrast and clarity or sharpness.

Online editors are also okay to use, but be conscious of their terms of use. Many websites that are free will rewrite your metadata and claim certain rights to your work the second you upload them, even websites as mainstream as Facebook. Most editing programs will offer the same basic editing tools, however the design and feel may be slightly different. Whichever you choose (even Instagram works!) will have the functions taught in the first video, while the second video is optional as exporting may differ in other programs. 

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