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I Don’t Shoot Black and White | Toronto Photographer

I don’t shoot black and white. Yes, I know I shoot digital and anything can be converted to black and white. But, it’s not the same. I believe to shoot truly good black and white photos, like with any style of photography, you need to know what you’re looking for first and how you’re going to get it. I don’t shoot black and white. Well yes, you might say my ‘light’ photos are black and white. And I shot those. So I do shoot black and white. And you’d be correct, sort of. That black and white is all about light and so I see those in black and white. But maybe I’m lying. I’m not even sure that I see them in colour or without colour. I think I just see the ‘quality’ of light and how it how it lands on and illuminates the objects it graces. Then I’ve recognized that that light is best represented void of colour. But portraits? Portraits, I’ve always shot in colour. There have been instances, where I had a light that happened to work well in both colour and black and white and I dabbled with a black and white conversion – but I think a truly great black and white image only works in black and white and at the very least is imagined first in black and white. I don’t shoot black and white, but the image in this post is. Maybe it’s the start of something new. Maybe not. But as always, with photography, there is exploration and learning and eureka moments. I don’t shoot black and white, but I might start trying.
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    • Ardean Peters

      Yes it was. It was an evening shoot, which is of note, as the light is changing again and got really good at about 5:30/6:00. I can really see myself now doing more black and white portraits, not that I have an idea of the type of light it takes 🙂


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