At the special meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 14, Michael Waterman will demonstrate converting color photos to black and white. Why black and white? Let’s face it, some photos are all about color. On the other hand black and white removes the distraction of color, making it easier for the viewer to appreciate form, values (lights and darks), and texture. It is an art form deserving of study and practice. It’s why I chose black and white as the assignment for the August salon. Black and white is also a choice of many street photographers since it helps to focus on the story and also gives an aura of authenticity.
If you attended the May meeting you will remember that Alec Johnson was our judge. Alec is a master of black and white and following the remarks on our images he made a presentation on the subject. According to my notes, he had a few tips for us:
- keep the scene simple
- look for contrast
- set a black point – (some really dark darks adds impact and carries the image)
For inspiration, check out one of Alec’s galleries here.
My heartfelt thanks to Michael Waterman for taking my place at this meeting. Following his demonstration of black and white, he will also include a presentation of before and after simple improvements that can be made to images that will add impact. And here is a before and after of one of his award-winning images in an N4C Black and White contest…a great illustration that answers the question, “why black and white?”