It's all Black & White to Me

March 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

People tell me all the time, they love black & white photography. It brings a certain mood to a photograph landscape or portrait and more. Some colour photo's actually look better done black & white. With the modern camera of today shooting in RAW format allows it to be an instant reality. The RAW information is just like its from the camera. I've learned over the years that winter photography is best done black & white. A co-worker of mine had bought me a four hundred and fifty page book of photos done by Amsel Adams. I noticed Adams did black & white winter scenes that were stunning. A lot depends on location but even locally there are many opportunities to capture some B&W. This scene below worked well this way. Colour versions just didn't work. The brown mud, trees with no leaves etc.. didn't lend anything to the shot so I thought B&W

I like the contrast between the snow and water. The boardwalk was interesting also with the contrasting shadows and texture on the top boards. Its really a combination of shades, ranging from black through grey to white


For portraiture it can be just as pleasing to the eye as colour. Principles of lighting can still apply. Black & white photo's can still be over/under exposed etc.... You can shoot natural light, use modifiers, strobes, flash etc.... all of that can still be the same to light your subject.

 The above and below photos were shot in natural light.


Wedding photography demands a certain ratio of black & white to colour.

Not too much but enough to break up the colour. One client mentioned the good ratio of black & white to colour photo's in a recent wedding shoot I had done. 

It can be a photo saver too. The photo above was not the best looking in colour. It was the contrast of colour and shadow. I believe I bounced the flash up too high. I thought try converting it to black & white and it was a favourite to many. The black and white gave it a 20's or 30's type feel/look. A sellable photo saved by converting to B&W.

It's all black & white to me.