WHY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY ?
"It seems as though Black and White images are making something of a comeback of late as digital camera owners rediscover the beauty of mono images."- Darren Rowse
This article was posted by Darren Rowse, the founder and editor of digital photography school and SnapnDeals.In this article he asks few of his friends who are into Black and White photography what it was that attracted them to it and these were the responses.
“I love that it’s a format that suits almost any type of photography. Portraits, landscapes, urban landscapes, architecture. Not only that, it’s a medium that adapts really well to all lighting situations. Whereas color photography often works best on sunny days or in brightly lit studios – low light just makes a black and white image moody.’ – Sol
“I find that colors can be terribly distracting in some images and can take the focus away from your subject. I do portrait work and find that taking the color out of an image lets the subject speak for themselves. Its raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest and it allows you to show the true person.” – Shane
Subtlety of Tones
“I love the subtlety of tones that black and white images can have. In a world that often boasts about how many millions of colors a TV or monitor is able to produce – I love that in ‘Mono’ there is such a variety of what can be achieved in a photo. Black and White sounds so boring – but the fact is that there are so many shades in between – I love the challenge of bringing them all out in an image!” – Jim
“I find the creative process with black and white images is so… artistic. It’s like molding clay – you can shape it into a myriad of shapes. Black and White images can be strong, high contrast and powerful – or they can be so soft, gentle and subtle.” – Belle
Every person has a different reason to why they love black and white images and to why they prefer the vibrancy of color photography.
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