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B&W Can Add Visual Power to Your Photos
By Deborah Sandidge
Instead of adding creative touches to a photograph, you can subtract something to make an image more powerful - for example, take away the color. Stripped of the emotional appeal and connotations of color, black and white helps isolate the subject. Immediately, other qualities and strengths such as light, shadow, shape and texture, of the image are enhanced. A black and white photograph is simple yet sophisticated, has timeless appeal, and in many cases, communicates more clearly with the viewer.
Here are a couple of ideas to help you push the limits a little further. Try using HDR for more dimension and detail with your black and white photography. As with color photography, HDR provides more information in the shadow and highlight areas which can create a cinematic image. Traditional black and white infrared photography captivates photographers and viewers alike. Consider using an infrared filter or infrared converted camera to create surreal black and white photographs.

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Photo Q&A

1: Lens Hoods

What is the "real" purpose for a lens hood? Some use it, some don't. What do y'all think?
- Wayne Langston

Hi Wayne,
The "real" purpose of a lens hood is to keep lens flare in check. Lens flare can cause an image to look washed out and also show as visible artifacts which look something like green or red spots across the image. You see this a lot with motion pictures where there are colored dots coming across the frames usually going from small at the top and increasing in size as it gets closer to the center of the frame. Lemme see if I can find an example image...
This example image is more of a result of shooting directly into the sun but you can see a couple of green spots and the washed out look I am talking about.
Lens hoods are also a must for shooting through glass like an aquarium to cut the reflections off the glass of the objects behind you that will also reflect off the glass. I have a rubber lens hood I use just for these type shots.
It also works well for protecting the lens if you should drop your camera and dont have the lens cap on.
Hope this helps.

- Carlton WardSee Sample Photo - Tavish @ HSMF

I have to agree with Carlton 100% Not only does it protect from flare entering the lens, it will cut down on glare. I shoot a lot on or near the water. Even on cloudy-bright days there is a tremendous amount of glare. The hood will cut this down for better exposure.

Q: When should I use a lens hood?
A: Always.
Q: Are there any exceptions?
A: When it gets too close to the little critters when shooting macro and it scares them.
Q: What about______?(fill in blank)
A: Refer to first answer.

- Lynn R. Powers
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2: Upgrade to Photoshop CS5 or Wait for CS6?

I'm still using CS3, and I'm thinking about upgrading to CS5. I'm not sure what the Adobe upgrade schedule is, but would you recommend CS5 now, or wait for CS6?
- Pat Harry

It depends on what features you want in CS5 and how you would use them. I love CS5 and think it was their best upgrade, so it's certainly worth the price of the upgrade. I doubt CS6 will be out until 2012, so you'd have to wait awhile.

- Christine Pentecost

Hi Pat, Nobody can tell you what CS6 will offer. And I agree ... it won't be available for a long time. I would get CS5. It's fabulous.

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