Use Black And White
There must be something to
black and white photography. It's been around for years. It's
had its heyday, its demise, and now a comeback that's making history.
And why not? It's graphic, grand, and gorgeous!
But when a photograph is limited to black and white and tones of gray, one has to really know the ropes before he can tie someone up in the excitement of the photograph. In reality, however, there can be more tones of gray between black and white than many photographers achieve in their color photographs. A photographer who understands this and knows how to create a complete range of tones between the two extremes of black and white will undoubtedly often come up with a winner.
I thought my black and white days were over when color photography came into existence. I finally freed myself from the darkroom. Today, I'm more excited than ever because I'm creating some very strong black and white images digitally. And they're better than I was ever able to do myself in the lab.
I begin with color files created with my Canon D60. Yes, everything I do starts out in color. Later, when I'm studying what I've got, I look for potential in images that have a great range in tonal values. Although I usually am creating portraits, I don't limit myself to just that. I also sometimes find good black and white subjects in images where the color seems to be almost distracting. In certain instances color sometimes can draw the viewer's attention away from the subject itself.
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So, where does this leave
us as photographers using color as our main medium? As far as I'm
concerned it leaves us another avenue open for speaking our own statements
in this language we love called photography.
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