I love B&W prints. After practicing making B&W prints in the darkroom in my high school years. Seeing the beautiful tonal renditions it is capable of, then being drawn in by the prints of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, I have been hooked ever since. While many people prefer color photography because it looks more like the eye views a scene, that doesn’t bother me. B&W is fully capable of recording what our heart feels about a scene; the things that transcend measurable physical phenomena.
B&W is an important part of my personal expression, so it’s time we start talking about it on Crafting Photographs, and what better way to do it than with an EXAMPLES video!
This latest video is an overview of my basic techniques and approaches. It covers Photoshop work as well as issues with scanning and understanding how curves create tonal relationships. I hope it starts to demystify B&W printmaking for you!