July 27, 2015

Reviving Interest in Black and White Photography

I found some new online resources about black and white photography that I really like. The first is a video recording of a lecture at the B&H Photo Event Space in which colleague Eileen Rafferty discusses Seeing in Black and White. She talks about the qualities of black and white images, why you would choose to make grayscale images, and tips for converting color digital images to black and white. This is a great place to start if you are new to the monochrome image.

Effective black and white images make use of shape, line and texture.
E Bar L Ranch
Greenough, Montana

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Good monochrome images also employ interesting light.
The smoky haze creates layers in the landscape.
Lake McDonald
Glacier National Park, Montana

Next, Rob Sheppard has posted two articles about digital infrared photography on his blog:

Infrared Revisited

Midday Landscape Photography

Sheppard talks about the creative reasons he is choosing to capture "invisible" infrared light rays instead of using regular visible light. Sheppard wants to use infrared capture for more that just the drama of high contrast.

Infrared light is most available in the middle of the day.
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana
Canon Rebel XSI modified to shoot infrared

Infrared light lets you see through distant haze and reveals unseen
cloud shadows on the mountains.

Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana
Canon Rebel XSI modified to shoot infrared

Check out these articles and consider exploring black and white photography yourself.