‘One sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.’ — Ansel Adams
The very first photography was black and white because of the technical limitations of the time.
Nowadays the majority of photos are taken digitally, sometimes in unimaginably detailed colour.
But even so, black and white photography has stood the test of time and remains a very popular and powerful style.
‘Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.’ — Elliott Erwitt
Black and white photography is unique because it shies away from accurate reproduction, focusing on other visual effects of the photo such as tone, texture and shape.
In order to achieve a black and white photo that tells a story, you have to learn how to see and compose photos in black and white.
No matter how creative you are in post-processing, if the image is badly composed or the subject isn’t suitable for black and white, your photo will suffer.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the challenge for this week is to make a photo that speaks to our eyes. You are in charge of the subject. Will you choose to do landscape, portrait, or even street photography?
You can make your black and white photos in any way that you wish—choose to shoot in Black and White Mode or convert in post-process—how you create your photo is all up to you.
Just remember to focus on the formal elements of your composition to create a well-rounded photograph.
The top 10 submissions will be carefully chosen by the ExpertPhotography team and then shared with a trusted group of photographers who will decide on the winner.
You only have 7 days to submit your entry, so get out there and start shooting!
Need some tips on how to capture stunning Black and White photos?
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Using the Disqus comment box below this post, upload your photo to be entered into the competition. Please only enter one photo. The submission deadline is Tuesday, August 8, at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
Please do not submit any photos older than 1 year.
Please read the complete competition terms and conditions here.
This competition is open worldwide.
The winner of this competition will be the proud new owner of some incredible Ilford Black & White Presets courtesy of Mastin Labs. These presets are compatible with both Adobe® Lightroom® CC and Photoshop® CC.
Here’s a list of films you will have at your disposal in this pack:
Pan F — high detail, low grain, rich contrast
HP5 — higher dynamic range, softer contrast, faster film