People / Portraits
July 20, 2017
Most if not all of us see the world around us in color.
However before we had access to color film, our creative photography was based solely on the understanding and use of black and white photography.
The achievements of those days are still recognized today!
What is it that makes b/w photography so special?
In the cases where colour is not a major contributing factor to the end result one wants to achieve, then perhaps the use of b/w photography is the answer?
Some examples can be found by reviewing the Gallery / Black and White.
The above images are mainly desert landscapes where the use of color was almost irrelevant.
Another subject where I find b/w photography very relevant is in portrait photography where the play of light and shade, lines and texture are rather important.
I have also found the use of b/w photography in some of my abstract work as very effective.
Clearly the options and possibilities are almost endless.
Once one has decided that the end result we want should be viewed in black and white, there are 2 main options:
1) Set the digital camera setting(s) to monochrome (if available) or
2) Photograph in color and subsequently remove the color (saturation) from the jpeg (or better still the raw) image by the use of software such as ‘photoshop’ or other similar products.
My suggestion is to first make a copy of the color image and then ‘process’ the copy. This will allow a return to the original image if necessary.
I believe that black and white photography has an important place in our work as creative photographers where we are attempting to convey a message and / or feeling(s).
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