Browsing all posts in black and white.

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras, Part 2

By Steve Russell In my previous article about shooting in black & white I talked mainly about shooting (saving images) in Camera RAW and then converting them to B&W. As a follow-up to that article, today I’m also going to include an image that was shot or saved in JPEG and compare it to a […]

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras

By Steve Russell Most of the time, I much prefer color images over Black & White images. After all, I see in color and the world around me is in color, not B&W. There are times, however, when an image is impactful because it’s in B&W and not color. For example this image captured by […]

Decorating Your Home with Your Photography

By Steve Russell Happy New Year to all our readers from Tiffany and me. I thought it would be fun to start the New Year discussing what to do with all the photos we’ve accumulated over the years. While most of us probably put some of our images on a web site like Flickr, Smugmug […]

A Splash of Color in Lightroom

Here is how to add a splash of color to a black and white photo, using Lightroom 3. The original photo (SOOC): I want to make the entire photo black and white, with the exception of the red stairs. In the Develop module, click on the Adjustment Brush, and in the tool menu that appears, […]

Masters of Photography – Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940)

I’m going to approach this installment of Masters of Photography a little differently. With the previous articles I’ve tried to tell the story of the photographer and include a few of his or her photographs. This time I’m going to say a few words about the photographer and let his photographs tell the story. Look […]

Masters of Photography – Robert Frank

Robert Frank was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and emigrated to the United States in 1947. Before he moved to the United States, he turned to photography, in part, as a means to escape the confines of his business-oriented family and home, and trained under a number of photographers and graphic designers before he created his […]

Masters of Photography – Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

With enough practice and desire to become good at photography each photographer will develop their own style. An important part of improving our skills and developing our style is to learn from leading photographers and discover what sets them apart from the “crowd.” As mentioned in an earlier article, we are restarting the Masters of […]

Summer Is Coming

Here in Florida where I currently live, and in Arizona where Tiffany currently lives, summer is starting to remind us why we really, really like fall, winter and spring. With summer comes the heat, sometimes oppressive heat, and while it doesn’t get as hot here as it does in Arizona we do have something that […]

What Makes Black & White So Special

By Steve Russell When I look around, I see everything in color and never in black & white. Unlike before the 1970s movies are rarely produced in black & white (Schindler’s List is the last one I’m aware of) and even with two or three hundred available TV channels, they’re all in color. So if […]

Masters of Photography – W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) W. Eugene Smith began his photographic career by taking pictures for two daily newspapers in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Smith eventually moved to New York City where he worked for Newsweek and then Life Magazine for a while. As a correspondent for Ziff-Davis Publishing and then again with Life, he […]

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