Learning to See in Black and White

Seeing Past the Colour and Visualizing Tonal Values. Learning to see tones instead of colour is something every photographer has to do in order to become good at black and white photography. For experienced photographers, looking at a scene in colour, or as a series of tones becomes as easy as pressing the shutter release on your camera. It can be difficult to see past the colour, while learning to see tones. Your whole life, as seen though your own eyes has been in glorious colour. It takes a lot of practice and…Read more …

Alternative Photographic Processes Part 2

Photography trends, techniques, and processes, part 2 In part one of Alternative Photographic Processes , I wrote about high dynamic range imaging ( HDR ), cross-processing, painting with light and Liquid Light photographic emulsion, which are a few of the photographic trends and techniques I have seen used over the years. In this the second of the two part series I will tell you about one of my favourite photographic processes of all time, Polaroid transfers. I will also discuss what is probably the most important tool for photographers since the invention of…Read more …

Ivan Dalla Tana

Ivan Dalla Tana, master printer & inventor of the "Gold Process" a alternative photographic printing process. The world is full of creative people, making beautiful objects and things for themselves and other people's pleasure, but the reality is almost all of it, is a rehash of something someone else had already done before. It is a harsh truth, but if you asked any creative if they ever made something that has never been seen before, if they were honest with you and with themselves they would say no. They would say that they…Read more …

How to develop your own unique, creative, artistic style.

 Finding your own photographic style. What most photographers and other creatives strive for is to obtain a unique style, one you can call your own. This in my humble opinion as a creative is the most difficult, brain-wracking, heart-wrenching experience a creative goes through in the development of their professional career. If you are a photographer in search of your own personal signature style read on. Let's break down the type of photographers based on style into four categories.   1. Those with no style. 2. Those actively in the pursuit of finding…Read more …