Along the sidewalk

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Camera : Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Focal Length : 40 mm
Lens : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens
Exposure : 1/40 sec at f /5.0
ISO : 100
Mode : Aperture Priority
Image Format : Raw (CR2)
Taken while walking around town.

Tips:

  • If your camera supports RAW, always shoot in RAW. RAW gives you the most control over your pictures.
  • If possible, shoot in the Lowest ISO. Never used AUTO ISO.
  • Focus on contrast.

Other info :

Digital Darkroom Apps:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for photo management and processing.

Basic Processing :

  1. Modify Treatment from Color to Grayscale. Lightroom has a dedicated tool in converting a color image to black-and-white, just use the Grayscale mixer to easily tweak the results.
  2. Adjust Blacks
  3. Adjust highlights
  4. Adjust shadows
  5. Adjust Contrats

Here’s a great book on Photography that focuses on Composition.
Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Updated Edition)
By Bryan Peterson

Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the “chosen few” but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it—helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

* New edition of a best-selling title
* Updated to include digital
* All new artwork, and a totally revised and expanded text
* All-new section on color as a design element
* Written by one of Amphoto’s bestselling authors

Here is a great book to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A complete integrated workflow solution for creating stunning monochromatic images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and beyond

by Leslie Alsheimer

Black and white photography has come a long way in the digital world. This comprehensive reference will help you maximize your workflow with coverage of all of the relevant new features of Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2, including every stage of the black and white process from capture to printing. Along the way, you’ll find in-depth explanations of key topics such as color management, optimizing your workspace, softproofing and calibration (both onscreen and for output), evaluating histograms, non-destructive editing, and much more.

New features in this edition include:

*In-depth coverage of workflow using the Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW components of CS4

*New recipes and tips for advanced black and white conversion

*Coverage of Lightroom and Photoshop integration features

*An overview of scanners and scanning your black and white film

*Advice on exposure essentials and how to apply the Zone System to your digital shooting

*A brand new chapter on black and white and creative image editing in Lightroom

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