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Should You Shoot In B&W?

The short answer is no—here’s why
By Wes Pitts
When you set out with the goal of making a black-and-white photo, you may be tempted simply to shoot in monochrome. Practically every digital camera provides this option, so why not simplify your postprocessing work by going grayscale from the start? 1 | You May Later Want A Color Version.…

Lose The Winter Blues

10 ways to capture the unique scenes of the season
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I used to dread October 1 every year. Why? Because I was living in Alaska, and that date seemed to mark the beginning of another long, cold, snowy winter. Birds had left, leaves had fallen, and temperatures had plummeted. After a frantic pace of shooting during the long summers, I…

Seeing Life In Black & White

Create striking images with these five essential qualities of monochrome
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions so the strength of the composition shines through. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cézanne was…

Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium
By Tracey Clark
Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There's a poignancy to black-and-white images that's palpable. Maybe it's because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape all seem to…

High Key

To emphasize the eyes in these portraits, Victor Valero uses precise lighting and postprocessing to deliver high-key glamour
By William Sawalich, Photography By Victor Valero
When Vancouver-based commercial photographer Victor Valero held a casting call for a shoot in Mexico, he encountered a model who inspired him to embark on a visual journey exploring the intensity of eyes. They have the ability to transform a photograph, as evidenced by these images that are a part…

Classic Portrait Light

Learn these traditional lighting patterns to create the ideal effect for every face
By William Sawalich
When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, there's no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since long before photography existed, when master painters relied on them for ideal illumination of the face. There are four traditional lighting patterns:…
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