I am going to make a confession: One of the things I have always struggled with sense going digital is black and white photography. When I was shooting film almost half the time I was shooting Tri-X Pan or T-Max. When I would shoot a new story or in university for the yearbook it was a given, we shot black and white. So I developed a sense of seeing in black and white, strange I know. But I do the same thing with lenses, I develop a sense of what a shot will look like with a 16 mm or 200 mm lens. But once I started shooting just digital, that sense of seeing in black and white left me completely. Now it is an effort to produce any photo in black and white. Everything is in color. You might say I am black and white blind.
One way I have seen to get around this blindness is to be methodical. I have to ask myself, does the color add anything to this image? Frankly, much of the time it does. Maybe another quarter of the time it could go either way. But sometimes it is just clear. The image should be in black and white, plain and simple. Here are a hand full of shots that could go either way or just look better in black and white.
- A Tribute to Phyllis Brandon, My Mother - March 24, 2017
- ADHD and How I cope with it. - February 23, 2017
- Vlog #15 - February 6, 2017
- Vlog 14 – Python! - January 30, 2017
- Matt Brandon Vlog 13: Photographing Iconic Scenes - January 26, 2017
- Matt Brandon Vlog 12: Fujifilm GFX Review and more. - January 19, 2017
- Matt Brandon Video Log #11 - January 13, 2017
- The Coal Haulers of Varanasi, India & the Fuji GFX - December 27, 2016
- A Requiem to a Rickshaw Puller - December 8, 2016
- Saffron Coffee Shoot - November 24, 2016
Learn more about these fantastic workshop opportunities:
- Kashmir Valley Photo Trek and Workshop - June 8- 15, 2015
- Photography Tour of Bhutan - Sept. 18 - Oct. 10, 2015