Black & White

Dis­cover how to shoot, con­vert and process your shots to pro­duce stun­ning mono im­ages, with Chris Rut­ter

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Master our 18-page monochro­matic guide

Even though a dig­i­tal cam­era is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing an al­most ex­act copy of the sub­ject, that doesn’t mean this is the best op­tion. Pho­tog­ra­phy isn’t about sim­ply record­ing the scene in front of you: it’s an act of in­ter­pre­ta­tion, and that’s ex­actly what black-and-white still of­fers.

It frees you from the con­straints of cap­tur­ing a life-like im­age, giv­ing you al­most un­lim­ited cre­ativ­ity. At the dawn of pho­tog­ra­phy, black-and­white was the only op­tion, but now it’s a cre­ative choice that both ac­knowl­edges the his­tory and le­gacy of pho­tog­ra­phy, but can also be mod­ern and cut­ting-edge.

Black-and-white im­ages have a time­less qual­ity, and in an age where we are bom­barded with colour im­ages, monochrome pho­tos still have the power to make the viewer stop and stare. They also give you the free­dom to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent ef­fects and treat­ments such as dodg­ing and burn­ing, film looks and fil­ter ef­fects that hark back to the ear­li­est days of pho­tog­ra­phy, but are still as pow­er­ful to­day.

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