SEEING IN BLACK AND WHITE
Some photographers see the world in black and white, while others are drawn to colour. Few do both well. Eliot Porter understood this: “When Ansel Adams photographs something, he sees it as a black-andwhite image right away, and so he photographs it that way. I see it as a colour image right away.” Adams is known for creating prints with a rich, full range of tones, from deep black to brilliant white. This contrast helps convey the drama that his images are famous for. But his images aren’t harsh. The areas of pure black or white are usually quite small, with a full spectrum of greys in between. As Adams said, “Marvellous effects are possible within a close and subtle range of values” Making good black-andwhite photographs requires visualising the relationships between lighter and darker tones. The most effective images often use a clear juxtaposition of light against dark or dark against light.