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Monochrome

Most of the digital black-and-white photos I’ve seen resulted when a tyro photographer pressed the wrong button and set his or her camera for monochrome capture. However, black-and-white photography is alive and well, and widely practiced by professional photographers and some of the most avid amateurs. These days, black-and-white pictures are generally produced solely for creative reasons; color is routinely used for everything else. My local newspaper publishes two or three of my publicity photos each month, and I always provide them with a color 5 × 7 print from my inkjet, even though 90 percent of the time the photo is published in monochrome.

From a creative standpoint, though, black-and-white photography is a great tool, letting you strip an image down to its bare essentials, untinted by the mental images conjured up by full color photography. Tones can be more stark and mood-invoking in black and white. Images can also display a full range of subtle shades that are often ignored when color predominates. Serious photographers understand this, and can use the capabilities of digital photography to explore the artistic possibilities of the world of black and white.


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