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Monochrome Through Color

The Seven by Five blog article titled Monochrome Through Color begins;

Color… most of us see this everyday and everywhere we look. It’s a very important thing for some us and others just take it for granted. Obviously I deal with color a lot in my photography but I also love my monochrome as anyone who follows me will know very well. One thing I am asked by many people is how do I decide what photo will be color and which will be monochrome. That answer is a bit more simple than some might think.

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How to See in Black and White [and how HDR can be a Powerful Tool for the Monochrome Photographer]

Joseph Eckert says on the Digital Photography School blog;

The very first photographs were shot in black and white. Decades later, even after the advent of color, many photographers—especially those concerned with creating works of art—continued to shoot in black and white. The format remains popular even today: nearly every consumer-level digital camera has a black and white mode available (for outputting JPEGs directly from the camera in monochrome), and all digital darkroom editing suites have at least one (and usually multiple) means of changing a color photograph to black and white. Indeed, there are expensive plugins available for Photoshop that are entirely devoted to the process of converting a color shot into black and white, and there dozens of groups on Flickr and Picassa and 500px that are exclusive to black and white photography.

Why do black and white photographs continue to exercise this hold over the fancy of so many photographers (dabbling, amateur, and pro) when we have cameras and techniques at our disposal that can capture every color under the sun? We can produce photographs of spectacular color range, with arresting reds and blues and greens and yellows, and yet the simple power of an effective black and white shot can (arguably, of course) leave even the most brilliantly realized color shot in the artistic dust.

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Hueless, a B&W camera app for iPhone

Hueless screenshotI follow A Lesser Photographer and an iPhone app mentioned in his latest newsletter caught my interest. If you like shooting black & white you might want to take a look at this app; I would if I had an iPhone.

Hueless

There’s a reason the best photographers embrace black and white. In the words of one of the greatest living landscape photographers, Clyde Butcher:

“Color is duplication, black and white is interpretation.”

Black and white reveals the most important aspects of an image for the discerning photographer: pattern, texture and luminosity. It’s just the biology of the human eye to be distracted from these elements with the addition of color. Black and white photography is not about purism or minimalism, it’s about mastery of a craft.

Leica recently took advantage of the resurgence in serious black and white photography by introducing their M-Monochrom digital camera. I won’t even get into the sense of buying an $8000 camera that might be obsolete in five years, when for $2000 you can have a Leica film camera that will last a lifetime and still be worth $2000 when you die, but I digress.

Hueless is an app meant specifically for shooting in black and white, with black and white previewing (including the typical black and white filters). This is not processing for black and white after the shot, but viewing in black and white in real time. I still prefer to visualize in black and white and process to match that visualization (interpretation as Clyde says), but if you want the accuracy of a digital preview and you’re trying to capture a fleeting shot, nothing will get you there quicker than this app.

Beautiful black and white photography by Peter Levi

Beautiful-black-and-white-photography-by-Peter-LeviPeter Levi writes,

I love photographing real life, but it has to have an artistic feel to it. I prefer when, for example, street shots almost looks like they are staged but aren’t. Those are in my own opinion the best ones. When you manage to pull out the beauty of real life, a mood, a happening and make it into art, something people would hang on a wall. Then you have done your work right.

Almost all of my work is in black and white. It’s not intentional; I always make one color and one black and white version of my images. Then, I decide which one speaks to me most, which one is best for the image. Obviously I almost always choose the black and white version. I just love the dynamics of it.

I have a need to do both artistic long exposure work and Raw documentary photography. It is a bit like Yin and Yang. It gives me balance, and both genres satisfy my photographical needs.

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