Black and White Photography: History and Relevance

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 Brief History


 Relevance Today


 Black and White Photography Tips

Brief History

Today, many photographers are capturing their images in color. Black and White photography has not just fallen out of fashion, it’s been forgotten, (almost). The history of Black and White photography is a long one that goes back to the early days of film and the advent of Kodak (1888). Black and White photography has come full circle as digital cameras have made it possible for everyone to shoot black and white photos with ease. Black and White photographs can be used for any number of purposes – from artistic expression to documentary evidence or even something as mundane as being an accurate representation of how our world actually looks (e.g., noir films).

Relevance Today

Even as the world continues to develop, Black and White photography will always have its place. Black and White photographs are often used in advertising and fashion work because they tend to be dramatic, powerful images that can grab your attention with their stark contrast of light and dark tones. Black and White film is still readily available for enthusiasts who want it, and the Black and White filter in Photoshop and Instagram is a quick and easy way to convert color images into black and white. Black and White photography will always have its place in our world, because we want it that way.

Monochrome Photography Tips

  • Monochrome photography is black and white photography in which all the tones are created from shades of gray.
  • Monochrome photographs can be made using digital techniques, although some photographers prefer to work with film for its particular tonalities that result when different colors of light react at different rates during the development process. Monochrome images are also called black-and-white, monotone, or shades of gray.
  • Consider your subject before selecting to shoot in Monochrome, it may not be appropriate for the setting.
  • Monochrome photography can highlight texture, shapes and patterns.
  • Monochrome images are more dramatic because of their simplicity; they should not be overused on an album or gallery walls.

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