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Chapter 4. Shooting Great-Looking Portraits > Shoot a Black-and-White Portrait

36. Shoot a Black-and-White Portrait

Before You Begin

2 About Lighting


When you're shooting an image in black and white, color is obviously not an important element. You should instead pay particular attention to tone (the lightness and darkness of a color). When you're setting up the portrait, take a moment to study the values in the scene and note how well they contrast. Squinting sometimes helps you concentrate more on the light and dark tones and less on color. What you're looking for here is a background that contrasts well with your subject's hair and clothing; it should be either considerably lighter or darker in tone.


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