Black and white photography is a number of monochrome forms in visual art. Monochrome comes from the Greek monochromos meaning “of one color”, which is a combination of monos, meaning “alone” or “solitary” and chroma meaning “color”. Quite basic when you break it down!
For Many decades black and white photography dominated the scene until color was introduced. From the 16th century when the brightness and clarity of camera obscures was improved by enlarging the hole with a telescope lens until now, we still admire the purity of black and white photography. It was not until the 17thCentury, 1727 to be exact, when Professor J. Schulze mixed chalk, nitric acid, and silver in a flask, that the first photosensitive compound was created. And in 1816 Nicéphore Niépce combines the camera obscure with photosensitive paper and created a permanent image in 1826.
In the past black and white dominated the media. Movies, television and even computers, were all monochrome. It was not until the middle of the 20th century that color photography became popular.
Have you ever seen someone else’s hobby and really liked the look of it? Have you then tried the hobby but found it a bit intimidating or overwhelming? I have seen many different things like this, where people makes the most beautiful arts or crafts. The design look amazing and it sounds fun to do, but in the end I am too scared to try because I do not think I am artistic. I have taking some cookery classes, but this was to enhance my existing skills. It took my friend to push me into learning something new, to get me to realize everything I had been missing out on.
My friend and I were looking to fill up our summer with something fun. We went to the local library and looked through the community activity sheets that were being offered. There was everything under the sun; juggling classes, a Frisbee club. Then I saw one that really caught my eye: black and white photography. I have always loved photographs. I did a small amount of work experience with a photographer and absolutely loved his color photos. But there was just something about the simplistic nature of black and white photographs. I am not very skilled at taking photographs; in fact I am not skilled at all, so I approached with caution.
Historically, I ‘ve used a number of black and white films, including Ilford FP4 and Ilford Delta 100. Recently I have been using mostly Ilford’s XP2Super chromogenic film.
I use exclusively Ilford’s Multigrade IV RC printing paper – it’s reliable, consistent and I know how it behaves! (I do have some more interesting papers in the fridge, but somehow I never get around to trying them!).
Whether you are just beginning to learn about taking that perfect picture, or have been behind the lens for some time now, finding tips and tricks to help you get the best photograph possible can be easy if you know where to start. Many of us who want to take better pictures have been in fact taking photos for years but are unsure of how to develop the skills necessary to get that one great shot that everyone will WOW over. Color, black and white or even sepia photos are all great ways to express your talents through subjects, but each setting has different aspects that need to be considered when shooting your pictures.
Wedding photography is very much part and parcel of the modern couple’s couple big day. Soon-to-be-married couples are willing to spend small fortunes in order to have a beautiful wedding album. But wedding photography is not a new phenomenon as even the Victorians also liked having pictures taken of their wedding days.
Wedding photography dates back to the 1840s. Because photography was only in its infancy there were serious technical limitations on the kind of pictures that could be taken. There were none of the pictures taken outside that are popular today. The photos were not even taken at the church or in the reception. The happy couple had to pose, before or after the event, in the photographers studio. They wore their best clothes for the shoot, which meant no pictures of the bridal gown. Also, the idea of a wedding photograph was only the preserve of the better off during this period.
The world of black and white photography is considered a Fine Art form and it is done to induce an emotion of timelessness and freeze a moment at any given time. It goes without saying that a few great photographers like Ansel Adams and Steigletz have made black and white photography what it is to today and even long after their deaths keep it strong and alive. This type of a picture is a true classic form of art and extremely breathe taking. There can never be enough said about black and white photography, but the pictures themselves will speak volumes for all that are looking at them.
Black and white film comes in a few different classes. The tabular black and white film is a new and thinner emulsion film that has more of a surface area and it gives off less depth with high sharpness. Conventional film is the standard type that gives off a superior detail to highlight and was used before the tabular film was introduced in 1988. Orthochromatic film is the best for shots of people and landscapes and gives off a tone that stands above all other film types. Chromogenic film uses dyes and not the silver particles that are used by the other film types. There is no control over the development process and it is more difficult to work with.
Black and White Beach Photography is just one of the many subjects I love to photograph using B&W film.
My fine art work is taken with an old manual Leica rangefinder and a hand held light meter. To me this is the purest way to capture subject, light and texture.
There was a point in my life where I stood firm and stated I would never go “digital”. But as I learned more about the software and it’s capabilities, it has now become a “tool” for the final image in my creative process. My chosen software is Adobe Photoshop.
It’s called black and white photography, but it’s so much more. There’s the black at one end of the spectrum, white at the other end, and a whole lot of beauty in between. Just like the old black and movies of the 1940s, black and white photographs can appear classic and romantic.
Black and white photography is all about contrast. Texture creates a great deal of interest in a black and white picture. Shooting from different directions and different times of day will produce shadows and shading and result in an entirely different picture of the same subject.
You would rarely find a person who does not like photographs. Photographs of people, nature and wild life attract almost everybody. With the advent of digital cameras it is now easy to catch moments in frames forever.
During the early stages, black and white photography was the only way to capture photographs. Experimentation with color photography started around 1861. Modern color photography evolved gradually.