The Challenge of Black & White
Dec16

The Challenge of Black & White

I recently completed the Facebook 5-day Black & White Challenge presented to me by Shirley R. Kleppe. My friend Mark Toal wrote a blog post about his experience with the challenge; You can read it here. It got me think that shooting black  & white is a great way to get out of a photographic rut… One of the things  I like to do to get out of a rut is to shoot  photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be...

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Simultaneous Monochrome & Color Capture
Sep29

Simultaneous Monochrome & Color Capture

Many digital SLRs have built-in black & white modes and some even offer scene modes (Canon calls’em Picture Styles) that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. You can always make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but shooting directly in black & white impacts how you see...

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Infrared Photography in HDR
May15

Infrared Photography in HDR

I’ve been interested in infrared photography for more than thirty years and have really embraced the concept of digital infrared photography as being both practical and fun. And the motto of my blog is to Have Fun with Your Photography! There have been two kinds of digital IR capture I’ve wanted to experiment with. First was the idea of infrared panoramas made by sticking multiple infrared images together but have been...

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Wordless Wednesday #92 “Stairway in B&W”
Jan15

Wordless Wednesday #92 “Stairway in B&W”

Inspired by the photography of Eva Rubenstein, I made this photograph when Mary and I were looking for a new...

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Processing Micro Four-thirds Images in Black And White
Nov18

Processing Micro Four-thirds Images in Black And White

Special post by Mark Toal I’ve had many questions about how I process my black and white images. I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about how to set your Micro Four-thirds camera to black and white. This week I want to share how I process the images. You can either start with a color or black and white JPEG file or a color RAW file. I prefer to set my camera to black and white (monochrome) so that I can see something close to the...

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My Black & White Month in Micro Four-thirds
Nov04

My Black & White Month in Micro Four-thirds

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal A month ago I wrote a post about how I was going to shoot black and white for the entire month of October. I have to confess that just like anybody else trying to go cold turkey I slipped a few times but for the most part my cameras were set to black and white for the entire month of October even for a trip to New York city. I hope from seeing the resulting images you’ll be as excited as I am to try the...

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What to Wear for a Portrait Session
Apr26

What to Wear for a Portrait Session

You’ve heard me say it before but I still think that client communications is the most important aspect of portraiture. That dialog begins with the initial contact and then moves through all of the communications that happen during a session but to make the best possible portrait, you should  start before a subject arrive at your studio or location. Offering a few simple tips beforehand to subjects can make their session go better and...

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