Posts tagged with Black and white

Can B&W tell the story better than colour?

See Derrick Story Webinar: A Fresh Look with Familiar Subjects in Black and White a bit of  B&W, a bit of Nik Silver Efex Pro.


Sadly I don’t have six grand burning a hole in my pocket. Even then I’m not sure a shiny new B&W-only Leica M Monochrom would be on my shopping list – certainly not ahead of a Nikon D800 (E?) and a couple of fancy lenses for it. Much though I love my black and white, […]

“Readable and inspiring”

From the North Korean leadership school of modesty, here’s the first review I’ve seen of my Advanced Digital Black and White Photography. It’s from last week’s Amateur Photographer and is short and sweet – the book’s “readable and inspiring”. Like the first edition, it is an end-to-end treatment of the subject from camera to print. […] Brown and white?

Some lovely black and white images are at Adrian Davis’s site, or rather: Actually, brown and white! I like color images too, but for personal, fine art work, I prefer monochrome with a slight warm tone. I print exclusively on Hahnemuhle Torchon, which is a highly textured surface. I like to think of, and refer […]

Ian Bramham

Ian Bramham is an architect and photographer based in the Peak District but seems to prefer coastal regions for his mainly black and white work. This was my favourite, from Ravenglass in Cumbria, but also see his Morecambe Bay

Killip retrospective

The Guardian notes that Chris Killip’s retrospective is being held in Essen and asks “why is great British documentary photography overlooked at home?” Surely, too, a group retrospective of the above-named pioneers of British photojournalism [Tony Ray-Jones, Graham Smith, Chris Steele-Perkins and Brian Griffin] is long overdue? My instinct is that this kind of work […]

Peter Hogan

Peter Hogan seems to be a black and white guy – at least, calling his site is a pretty convincing clue. No doubt I enjoyed his site all the more for its having a decent number of Lake District scenes, like this one from near Ashness Gate on Derwentwater. I suspect the pictures are […]

Passing away

Today’s helping of black and white goodness is Elin Hoyland‘s reportage work, particularly her Brothers series which I think I first noticed in a magazine somewhere. If I remember – because her site doesn’t contain much info – it depicted two Norwegian brothers on a remote farm and I still find it an incredibly sad […]

Martin Bailey podcast on Silver Efex Pro 2

Via Nik’s monthly newsletter I just came across Martin Bailey’s Podcast 297 : Silver Efex Pro 2 Walkthrough & New Features. Martin’s a Brit who has become Japanese and is based in Tokyo, and in the video I think he hits most of the right points about the software and delivered in a sensible tone […]

Silver Efex Pro, smoking

People seemed to like the previous set of Silver Efex Pro re-enactment images, so with a bit more experience of the software, I thought I’d post another set of pictures with similar treatments. This time they’re from a couple of events in October. The first ones come from a weekend when “my” regiment garrisoned the […]

Black and White with Capture One Pro

I’ve been playing with Capture One Pro 6 a bit recently and though I still don’t get on with the workflow I thought I’d link to a couple of articles they’ve recently posted on black and white – see  Black and White conversions and Black and White: Working with Styles and Presets.

Do black and white workers need to deny colour?

In a fascinating piece Why Would a Digital Camera Have a B&W-Only Sensor, Mike Johnson makes a case for such a camera. As he acknowledges, analogies often end up in arguments about the analogy, but I think the core is here: Taking a color picture and converting it to B&W is trivial. What’s not trivial […]

Silver Efex Pro 2 experiments

I’ve been experimenting a little with Silver Efex Pro 2 recently (in connection with the second edition of my Advanced Black and White book) and thought I’d post a series of re-enactment images, mostly taken over the last few months, that I took through SFX2 after initially processing them in Lightroom. As you see, I […]

George Jardine on black and white

As someone who has written a couple of books on digital black and white, I always enjoy seeing how others teach the subject. Sometimes one despairs, but occasionally you come across something that’s a cut above the rest and one of those is George Jardine’s excellent half-hour video on digital black and white conversion which […]

Silver Efex Pro 2

I’ve never been one who photographs in colour and occasionally dabbles with black and white. It’s very much the other way round, and I often look at pictures I’ve left in colour and think they’re rather monochrome anyway. But I’ve never seen doing a lot of b&w work as a reason why I would want […]

Silver Efex Pro 2

I plan to try out Silver Efex Pro 2 shortly and we’ll see if it changes my old view of it (good software but overpriced), but for now see Bret Edge’s short tutorial showing how he used Silver Efex Pro 2 for a black and white picture: The great thing about Silver Efex Pro 2 […]

B&W from different angles

There’s an interesting comparison of doing black and white in Capture One 6, Silver Efex 1, and Lightroom 3 by Mike at The Intuitive Lens. It’s a two parter with Capture One vs Silver Efex and then both vs Lightroom. I’m not sure it proves much, if anything, other than one if one tries to […]

David Eisenlord

Picking one of David Eisenlord’s pictures from Iceland seems appropriate right now – though we may soon be heartily sick of being downwind of the land of fire and ice. I could equally well have picked something from his wild places of the west of Ireland. The images are hand coated platinum/palladium or gum over […]

Keep it bsimple

bsimple‘s miminalist web site contains some wonderfully-imaginative “conceptual” photography. It only says that “all images on this website are assembled & printed in a traditional darkroom” and seems to belong to Misha Gordin, a US-based Latvian, who explained his work in this (surprisingly-readable) artist’s statement: … in my opinion, conceptual photography is a higher form of […]

Mileage varies

Ben Long reviews Silver Efex Pro and correctly points out one of its best features The Black and White adjustment in Photoshop is very good because it allows you to make changes to specific color values in your image. The problem is that if you tell it to darken the blue tones in an image, […]