Photography is a diversified field
of creating a spectral variety of art. It is a specialization
that deals with different experimentations with colors,
however it is also a fact that only shades of black
and white can also do wonders in this zone of creative
art. With the advent of the digital camera the scope
of this wonderful business has opened up new horizons
for the users and photographers who seek to explore
new lands and trod the ground of innovative creation
and thus it can be aptly said that black & white
can become more creativity with the boon of digital
photography and digital camera. This discussion is
primarily aimed at exploring the incipient information
regarding the blessing of the digital camera in black
& white photography so that the novice as well
as the expert photographers can become richer in knowledge!
The exploration can be further extended in defining
that a lot of modern digital cameras contain a series
of mono modes in the advanced menu settings. These
can be used to become more creative with digital
photography and in the areas of black and white
too. For example some of the modes are as follows:
Black & White that takes black and white photographs
encompassing of a spectral range of gray tones.
This gives the black and white photographs a serious
and ethereal look with the richness and grandeur
of the past, present and future captures in just
two tinges! Another mode is Sepia that again takes
pictures in varying tinges brown tones. Looking
into a matter a bit more technically, it can be
stated that as the digital camera is switched into
any of these modes then the color LCD becomes grayscale.
The technology proceeds as in the process the pictures
are taken the color signals get recorded by the
CCD, but the image is later de saturated when processed
to remove all color.
A lot of interesting points exist in the area of
black and white photography using the digital cameras.
For example shooting in black & white becomes
more interesting with the use of filters. Experimentations
can be done by the enthusiastic photographers as
to how a particular color would appear in black
& white. This can be demonstrated by the fact
that perhaps a red filter placed over the lens lightens
any red color in the picture making them appear
as lighter shades of gray in comparison to other
colors like blue green. This process can be very
challenging and in the same time very interesting!
It is true that digital black and white photography
can be used often for the purpose of portraiture
and taking pictures of landscapes and can also become
very effective in abstract shoots offering a graphical
view of the subject to be photographed. The ultimate
truth is that the black and white digital photography
can make the world look complete different from
what it is through the human eyes.
The graphics software from Adobe - Photoshop -
with its more advanced options a person can edit
each of the colors in the image to lighten or darken
and provide the effect of brightness in varying
intensity too. Becoming an expert in this can make
a person versatile in techniques of adjusting the
tonal range of a black & white image. This is
the liberty that the digital camera provides in
the field of black and white photography. Thus the
users can make much more efficient and richer quality
The above lines of this discussion has explored
the incipient ground of interest and information
of black and white photography using the digital
camera, however it has to be noted here that to
get the real taste of the honey the users or photographers
must not waste time and take up their digital cameras
and get going into the cool new and most beautiful
world of digital black and white photography! It
is out there for everyone.
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.snapjunky.com.
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