I LOOOOOOOOVE Black and White (herein after referred to as B&W) pictures! They have, THE most awesome quality, they have such character and depth-they speak to a body, I tell you…how can you NOT be in love with B&W photography? *sigh* smh …In my humble opinion, if a photographer does B&W well, he is a true artist. B&W imagery is more of an interpretation of a scene and can so much more aptly tell a story and evoke emotion…all of this in my humble opinion. 🙂
Anyhoo, here are some Useful-To-Know-If-You’re-Really-Into-Photography Facts about those classic Black and Whites
The story told in B&W utilizes texture and tone to create the picture. The tonal range from black through white is known as the grey scale…a B&W print where most of the tones are from the extremes of the scale – without any mid tones – is referred to as high contrast print. If these tones are mostly toward the white end, it is called a high key picture. A picture where most of the tones are near the black end of the scale is a low key print and one that uses the full range of tones is called a full tone print.
It is not necessary to use light filters for black and white films. You may add coloured filters however, to add interest to your piece.
When shooting B&W, use the lowest possible ISO possible. (For those of you who have no clue about what ISO is, lemme tell you, 🙂 – I learnt it today! Yay me! lol) ISO is abbreviation for International Standards Organization and refers to the speed the speed at which the object is captured onto the film. ISO – International Standards Organization speeds range from 25, the slowest to 1600 (and beyond). The slower the film, the finer the grain and sharpness and the greater the saturation and contrast. The opposite becomes true for the faster film; the result would be very grainy. Therefore, the advice to shoot black and white with film with a lower ISO, unless of course you are going for the feel of the grainy – it’s art, it works. 🙂
A notable B&W photographer to study is Ansel Adams. Michael Mironov is worth a look up as well (Y).
For more information see
Freeman, J. (2007). The photographer’s manual: how to get the best picture every time, with any kind of camera. Hermes House. London.
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