Are the 90s making a comeback? Apparently millennials are whistfully hearkening back to those good old days, when a Clinton was president and the tech bubble hadn’t burst. And if you lived your life through music videos, you know that there were plenty of videos shot in black-and-white. Here we break down eight iconic B&W music vids and show you how you can emulate the style in your photos.
We typically stray away from color, but just so we can keep you up to date on one of the latest Instagram trends…
“Didja hear the one about the guy who put a $35 lens on a $6,000 camera?”
It’s a popular method used by many filmmakers.
A relative newcomer to the world of photography, Rachmael has developed a keen, clearly defined vision.
Where a lot of portrait photographers end up failing at first is saying that they want to shoot portraits and then not realizing that it’s a full creative and collaborative process.
“Posing works mostly like it would with any other genre of portraiture, but with one thing to consider. if you are shooting a face, it can be offputting to have large portions of the face in shadow vs light, so it is better to go with one or the other.”
“Unlike the monochrome black and white setting, the Acros simulation offers a slightly more subdued look right out of the box–a look that in this writer’s opinion feels a little more filmic than the standard monochrome black and white.”
Marcia Resnick spent much of the 1970s and 80s photographing the marginalized, talented and creative souls — as well as some pretty famous rockers and poets — who were drawn like a magnet to dirty, old, low-rent and near-bankrupt New York City.
“By comparison to film, with its fixed-intensity filter system, digital explodes with creative options, although you have different tools, depending on whether you’re working on a RAW or a JPEG file.”
“I find negative space interesting, it’s that absence or void that inspires a lot of curiosity. It can often make people feel uncomfortable.”
He says a “big stopper”–neutral density filter is his best friend because it allows him to slow down the exposure and get that silky, flowing water look.
For Peter Madsen, Black and White is Photography’s Version of ‘Less Is More’
“Music is my main medium, it’s similar in a way that you’re creating something from the ground up, but with photography you have much less to work with in that, once you’ve captured the image, you have a very strict boundary of manipulation.”
“The world is way too colorful these days and black and white photography makes people think and leave more space for imagination.”
“Back in the days when film was your only choice, if you wanted the full range of tonal control via color filters, you needed a bag full of glass.”
“…I wanted to show how modern life is gradually changing and ultimately destroying this incredible place.”
“For me the important part is the whole experience of taking a photograph. I just become more present, more aware of the landscape that is in front of me.”
Let’s explore some of the visual devices which Minor White used to create photos of the natural world that are truly amazing.
Over the years, Olympus has improved their grainy film modes over and over again. In the Pen f, the black and white filters can end up looking like Ilford Delta 400. But in the OMD EM1 Mk II, they resemble Tri-X a bit more. The only other company that really is able to pull off anything that looks remotely like film is Fujifilm–at least at the moment they are.