Black and White Photography. The Forgotten Art
Just looking through magazines and newspapers it seems colour photography is the only form needed. But take a moment to consider the change that comes into a photograph when it is viewed in black and white.
Some key aspects to good black and white photography include
- Choosing a suitable subject matter. Not all subject matters lend themselves to black and white format. No precise rules exist .
- Focus. Generally a good depth of field of minimum f 10. Clarity of the image can be critical in its interpretation
- Contrast. In general terms a little greater contrast can be helpful. Not at all an absolute rule though as you can see from one of my examples below.
Here are a few examples of recent photos where black and white has changed the whole aura and interpretation of a photograph .
Sometimes my aim is to deliberately convey an old looking feel that the photo could have been taken many years ago.
These photos are in fact some of my favourite photos from last year .
Black and white photography allows so much experimentation that it should be considered routine in any Photoshoot .