John Sexton, Ansel Adams technical assistant, explained some of Ansel’s feelings on Black and White one day in class. He said, Ansel believed all photography was a step away from reality, by choosing to capture a scene in a square or rectangular box, it is not reality, it is the artists vision, making an image Black and White takes the image one step further away from reality and in some cases, one step closer to the artists vision.
In 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot was hard at work trying to figure out how to preserve the images he was seeing using a draftsman’s aid, called camera lucida. This aid was used to project a refracted image on paper so an artist could trace and make drawings of the projected image.
The world is slowly beginning to open back up as the pandemic starts to subside. As I write this some countries are still under lockdown, and some are suffering horrifically, but it is a fact, that given time, all countries will eventually return to some degree of normalcy. What does this mean for us photographers?
I enjoy making photos of women working in the rice fields of Thailand. That is obvious when one looks at … More
We have all heard the statement, man, that is a powerful image. What makes it powerful? The story it tells, yes, but how does the image tell that story? By that I mean how was the image captured to tell a powerful story?
In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a key element of Black and White photography, contrast, and how to find it. One of the easiest ways to find dramatic shots is to look for shadows. Look for the dark areas in the photo that can direct attention to the highlights. A person’s eye will …
To evoke an emotional response from the viewer, the emotion must start with the photographer. A powerful photograph begins inside the photographer…