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 …

Alternative Photographic Processes Part 1

Photography trends, techniques, and processes, part 1 Experimentation in different photography techniques is normal and is expected if you want to learn and develop your own personal photographic style. It is a good way to help you find your voice as a photographer, but over use of certain techniques and/or tools can also take away from your work. Many of these tools can be very everyday, tools like filters or Photoshop, or it can be more specialized techniques, like cross-processing, Polaroid transfers or HDR ( high dynamic range imaging ). The problem is…Read more …