Monday, 12 September 2016

Roger Lever - The Art of Mono

Most people will be familiar with black and white photographs but one doesn’t see them quite as often these days since colour became the norm. If you look back in the history of photography from the early 1800’s onwards and at some of the images produced by famous master photographers such as Ansel Adams and David Bailey, it is very difficult not to marvel at those images which were taken on black and white film developed using liquid chemicals and then printed in a traditional dark room using photographic paper and more chemicals.

The computer has become our modern dark room. Today's photographers both amateur and professional cannot but admire these wonderful works of art some of which are worth considerable amounts of money today.

Photography then was very much a highly skilled art expression. Despite all the ultramodern high tech equipment available to today's photographers those images are hard to beat. A lot of time was spent preparing the shots and the lighting before the camera trigger was ever released AND they were all Black and White or Sepia.

My own photography especially portraiture is becoming more focused on the black and white image. Even some of my wedding photographs I am converting to black and white with some very pleasing results.

Modern DSLR cameras give you the opportunity of shooting in black and white so that you can see the image on the rear viewer of the camera as soon as you have taken it. More often however it is a case of shooting in colour and then converting your image to black and white afterwards. There are several ways of doing this in today's post production software but this would take much too long to explain in this article.

Roger Lever

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