“Didja hear the one about the guy who put a $35 lens on a $6,000 camera?”
Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome is capable of deliver images that are very high quality. But the medium needs better cameras and lenses.
It’s a popular method used by many filmmakers.
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.”
“To begin, dark and moody portraits, at least in the sense that we are talking about here, are designed for the highlights to draw your attention to the subject in a specific way.”
“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.”
“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’
“I try to maintain as close to an analog workflow as possible, minimal gear, minimal choices, allowing me to stay as connected with my surroundings as possible.”
“…if you’ve been looking for a little inspiration to photograph amazing vistas in Black & White this list will be sure to please.”
“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.”
“…I still prefer good old medium format film to most of my digital photos in black and white.”
“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.