Black & White Portraits Create Impact

Black and white is a wonderful media for making portraits because the lack of color simplifies the image, allowing you to focus on the real subject of the photograph instead being distracted by their clothing or surroundings.

Sometimes the very nature of the portrait subject demands that the image be photographed in black and white. And then here are also the trendy aspects associated with creating images in black and white. MTV, motion pictures and fashion magazines periodically “rediscover” black and white as a way to reproduce photographs that are different from what’s currently being shown. A perfect example is the heart breakingly beautiful Blancanieves, a 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent film.


Right now, many professional photographers tell me that they’re seeing a higher than normal demand for black and white portraits than previously was the case. Individual and family portrait decisions like these are also driven by these same trends. It’s something to think about for your next shoot and since you can shoot in color and convert later to black & white, you always have that color original just in case…

L is for Location. Sometime the locations and the subject’s clothing dictate a pose. The steps where a natural place to pose her and the retro outfit as well as he look complimented the entire pose. Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II N and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and an exposure of 1/100 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200.

I used a beta version of Alien Skin Software’s ( Exposure X to create the above image. You can get a sneak preview of this creative Photoshop-compatible plug-in here:

Author: Joe Farace

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