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“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

2013-04-16 16:33:00 GMT

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Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a photographer and environmentalist revered for his black-and-white landscape photographs, and his commitment to the conservation of those lands. Ansel Adams had a great long career as a nature photographer, here are some tidbits about him:

  • Over the course of 60 years Adams took many monochromatic photos in every National Park in the United States.
  • He gave up his dream of being a concert pianist to become a photographer.
  • His first book “Making a Photograph” was published in 1935 
  • Adams felt an intense commitment to promoting photography as a fine art.
  • His images became the symbols and icons of wild America.
  • He fought for new parks and wilderness areas, for the Wilderness Act, for wild Alaska and the Big Sur coast of central California, for the mighty redwoods, for endangered sea lions and sea otters, and for clean air and water. An advocate of balanced, restrained use of resources, Adams also fought relentlessly against overbuilt highways, billboards, and all manner of environmental mendacity and shortsightedness. Yet he invariably treated his opponents with respect and courtesy.
  • Adams was often criticized for failing to include humans or evidence of “humanity” in his landscape photographs.
  • Adams was ready for digital photography he once said “I believe the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.”

Notes from Ansel Adams life were obtained from www.anseladams.com

Want to create your own stunning black and white images? Here’s a step-by-step how-to for ACDSee Pro 6:

You can create rich greyscale images when you can control the brightness of the red, green and blue channels, as well as the overall brightness. Use the Convert to Black and White tool to emphasize different areas or aspects of a photo, as well as alter its mood and tone.

If you hover your mouse over each slider and watch the effect on the small preview, it shows you which parts of the image will be affected by each channel. This helps to gauge the effect of each slider on the image.

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  1. In Edit mode, in the Color group, click Convert to Black & White.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Drag the Percent Red slider to the left or right.
      The more red there is in a pixel, the more effect the red slider has on that pixel. The area of red in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Green slider to the left or right.
      The more green there is in a pixel, the more effect the green slider has on that pixel. The area of green in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Blue slider to the left or right.
      The more blue there is in a pixel, the more effect the blue slider has on that pixel. The area of blue in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Brightness slider to the right or left to brighten or darken the whole image.
    Hint - you can right-click the slider to reset the value to zero.

  3. Click Done to save your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the Edit mode menu.
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Hint - you can use the Edit Brush to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.
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