Loving black and white

The vast majority of my photos are color because I love the diversity and overall aesthetic beauty of the world. However at the same time I’m completely missing out on a side of photography that makes you view your shots in a whole new (well, not so new) way.

Black and white photography has been and, in my opinion, will always be the best artistic way to bring real life out in a picture. It breaks down the image to it’s raw subject, shows the contrast of light and shadow, and makes you really look at the photo to “see” the subject.

The technical process of composition is different than a color picture since you have to think of the contrast of color and light as it is related to grades of gray. This can be a hard process at first sense we live in a color world but once your adjusted to the thinking it’s easier.

Ansel Adams has written excellent books on black and white photography and you can easily find other books that include techniques for digital cameras. This is a fascinating way of photography that has survived through the years and continue strong into the digital age. Try it sometime and view your world in a new light.

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About Mark Birks
Professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and portraiture.

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