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 house.

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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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Glamour Photography in Black & White
Jan24

Glamour Photography in Black & White

Back in the film days, there were many different ways that you could capture images. You could shoot color slide film with lots of saturation or choose black and white film that would let you create an entirely different version of the same photograph. To your eyes the original scene might look the same but your interpretation would vary based on the kind of film you decided to load into the camera. Nowadays, most digital SLRs offer...

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Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters
Mar27

Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters

The following images were captured while I was making photographs for my book “Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography”  that’s available at your favorite bookseller and Amazon.com. While I used many different kinds of cameras, including Canon and Olympus, to capture IR images for the book these examples were made using a Pentax K100D digital SLR. This photograph (left) was just one of a few images that I was able to make...

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It’s Model Monday…in Black & White
Mar12

It’s Model Monday…in Black & White

There is much more to black and white photography than simply an absence of color. Maybe I wouldn’t feel this way if the first photographs had been made in full color,but that didn’t happen and, like many photographers, I grew up admiring the works of W. Eugene Smith and other black and white photojournalists who photographed people at work, play, or just being themselves. As a creative medium, traditionalists may call it “monochrome”...

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