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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

Alison Watkins
In this example, contrast is obvious. The eye of the dog is a deep black in the middle of white fur. Photo by Alison Watkins.
Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.


Chapter 5: Black and White

Before digital photos and color film, all photos were black and white. Of course the world wasn’t black and white, but all photographic evidence shows a black and white world. Nowadays black and white photos are intrinsic, but not just any black and white photo.

Black and white photography has a few key points that you need to remember. Making a proper black and white photo is different than just taking out all the color, a.k.a. turning it greyscale. To have a good black and white photo you have to consider both blacks and whites.

Contrast is a very important design element, as no human sees just black and white, which is why humans like to see colorless photos. People that are colorblind see color but a red may look green to them. Major companies like T-Mobile, Guess, and Tiffanys use black and white photography because it is pleasing to the eye.

After developing a film photo, the photographer has to edit it in a darkroom. Eventually I’ll be discussing photo editing, but here is a mini preview. Before digital, the only Photoshopping available was the darkroom. In said darkroom one could only affect the exposure with tools such as burn and dodge. Using each tool will make a spot or area that is darker or lighter.

Being a master of blacks and whites in a photo, one can then master color. Ansel Adams was a National Geographic photographer. His photos are regarded as amazing because of his technique in the darkroom with the burn and dodge tools.

Next week I'll be discussing portraits; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Check back at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!

alison.watkins@fhspress.com

Alley Cat's
Photo Tips

CHAPTERS

Start shooting
Cameras
Composition
Sunrises and Sunsets
Black and White
Portraits
Landscapes
Long Exposure
Light PART ONE
Light PART TWO
Shoot in RAW
s
Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
      Sports Photography
Studio Photography
Lenses
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Filters
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and
      Organizing

-Printing and Resolution


-Flashes
-Paid Gigs
-Gadgets and Gizmos
-HDR
-Film Photography

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