New Angle: Venturing Into Black And White Photography
I am thinking of adding more mediums to my gallery like mixed media pieces, drawings and I have had a roll of black and white film in my fridge for a while.
Actually, I enjoy black and white photos.
So, I will be going out to get some interesting photos around my area. I am thinking texture and light contrasts are the best route to go.....and yes, I have an old fashion film-type camera.
An "aside" question: do digital have a black and white option? Chances are I will not have/be using my SLR forever.....
I agree with Jessica & Rich. There are many pics I've taken in color that when editing I'll hit the B&W converter just to see what it would look like. Sometimes I like it better! The Sepia converter also has some great results for an 'old' feel, but at least I always still have the color original either way :)
My Canon Rebel XS has the ability to shoot in monochrome and use the filters in the camera (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Sepia). The two most recent photos of clouds were taken in RAW and JPEG. One was shot in color, then I quickly changed the camera settings and shot it in monochrome. In my opinion you can shoot the same subject using both color and monochrome with a DSLR. Some here would say that wouldn't be necessary with the photo editing sfotware that exists. True, you can just shoot one image in color and then convert it. However, not every color image can easily be converted to black and white, as there be more adjustments needed.
You might want to check out aplug-in called Topaz Black and White EFX. Great presets and ability to work in custom or adjust the preset. You can also get great tone effects and Ifra-red results. Just a click of the mouse or adjust sliders. The video tutorial is great.
Thanks all.....feedback from the photographers is always helpful.
Marcio, I would like to continue using my SLR....which is a Canon Rebel EOS?......my bggest challenge in the future is the manufacture of film and film developing sources will cease to exist. As in all things technical, embrace the new technologies or get left behind. There is also the aspect of the camera needing repair and it being prohibitively expensive.
I have been thinking of and looking at a Fuji DSLR.....also Nikon, in the $300.00-$350.00 range. Any suggestions, as I do not want to be out a large expense.
A color image file contains considerably more information so definitely take digital photos in color and convert later. I find that color is a distraction for some subjects and the image will have more impact when edited in black and white--it becomes easier to focus on the main subject. This is especially true where light is an important part of an image. Some images I do both ways but I edit the color image in a different manner than the B&W, the primary focal point of the image can even change when color is eliminated.
I think you don't have to worry about negatives manufacture. Now a days there are much less option of brands and types but it seems film negatives never will stop to be manufactured. New brands came in the last decades and there are many artists rediscovering film negatives.
There are still many shops that develop film negatives. And develop black and white film negatives is so easy that you can do in your kitchen or bathroom. I develop my own black and white negatives.
Digital e Film negative are two different medias. You are not left behind if you photograph with film. It is like watercolour and acrylic painting. They are not the same. They have different look. I don't like black and white digital photographs for example... They are too... Digital. Black and white film photographs looks much better for my taste.
About repair... I have 4 types of film cameras, they all have more than 20 or 30 Years old and I never had to repair them. They work like a horse.
Even if your film camera stop working, there are so many available in the market and they are very cheap. You find some of the best cameras and the best lenses like Nikon F3, FM2 (35mm) for less than 200.00 or 300.00 euro
And Mamiya 6x4.5 (120) and Pentax 6X7 (120) for less than 500.00 euro. All with amazing lenses.
And after all you don't have to worry about your camera becoming old because of new cameras releases with better technology every year. With film camera it doesn't matter how old is your camera. All you have to do is to change your film negative.
And the most important, your photos are better achieved in the hard file. You don't need to worry about losing your photos in case you computer crash, or saving several back ups in several hard dravers, etc. They are all saved in books on your shelf. Many photographers are registering their digital images in negatives to better archive them.
What may be a problem is that you take more time for developing and scanning or printing traditionally. Buy I like spending time developing my negatives. I don't like spend time in the computer working on RAW files.