Without color you see other elements


Book Excerpt: “There’s something timeless about a good black and white, and in my mind there’s less to get wrong. Don’t get me wrong — I shoot plenty of color images. But getting color right and not dating your work in the process can be difficult. For me, black and white just feels natural. Without a doubt, there are some shots that are better suited as black and whites… It takes a lot of practice to learn to see in black and white, but it can be done. I recommend practicing as often as possible, and you’ll see that you’ll get better with time. The best part of this practice is that it will not only strengthen your black-and-white images, but your color images as well. Black-and-white photography gives us a chance to take away a very important element — color — and focus on the other elements that are harder to envision.”~by Laurie Excell with John Batdorff, David Brommer, Rick Rickman and Steve Simon from their book Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots


6 responses

  1. I love black and white, its purity, its honesty, its transparency. Even as a kid I used to marvel at the displays of Ansel Adams’ work when we visited museums.

    February 16, 2013 at 5:26 am

    • Junsjazz

      That’s nice to know Mary-Anne. Thanks!

      February 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

  2. Very true! 😀

    February 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Richard!

      February 17, 2013 at 3:00 am

  3. Ahhhh…just perusing your last few images and….Gosh, this one is a crowd stopper. I do like it.

    February 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Much thanks Enman!

      February 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

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