Black and White Photography

by Rachel Leathe ·Posted 04/19/2023
Ricoh upended the camera world this week with the announcement of its groundbreaking PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome camera. The color array (anti-aliasing filter) is stripped from the camera's custom 25.73-megapixel APS-C sensor, making it exclusively capable of taking black-and-white photos. PENTAX K-3 III Monochrome
0 Views ·Posted 03/28/2023
From behind the wheel to behind the camera, Justin Bell always manages to forge personal connections with the subjects of the portraits he takes. In this video, Bell sits down with us to discuss his love of racing and photography. 0:00 - Introduction 3:08 - Bell’s Love for Art and Racing 10:32 - Why Bell Photographs with Leica 19:05 - Bell’s Racing Photography Has its Own Unique Look 25:30 - Bell’s Favorite Images 41:32 - Leica SL vs. Leica Q2 47:42 - Who is Still Shooting Film? 52:06 - Leica Maintains its Value 53:30 - Life with Legends 57:
0 Views ·Posted 02/09/2023
Celebrity photojournalist Flo Ngala has captures authentic portraits in fast-paced and high-pressure situations. Ini this B&H video, she shares tips that range from the technical side (such as aperture) to the social side (getting your subject to laugh) to help you improve your photography. 0:00 - Introduction 0:26 - Conversation is Key 1:13 - Depth of Field 2:42 - Prime Lenses 3:38 - Black-and-White Photography 4:52 - Invisible Axis 6:19 - Bonus Tip 7:23 - Final Thoughts
by John Harris ·Posted 04/30/2021
For an upcoming segment on the B&H Photography Podcast, I was given a Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera to sample for a few weeks. Since Macro Week at B&H is upon us and the Q2 has a sublime and simple macro mode, I produced a short series of
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 04/28/2023
A photographer’s gift is to record his or her encounters with the world in pictures. If that photographer meets with success, pictures from their archive are published in magazines and books, exhibited in museums and galleries, licensed for commercial use, and sold as prints. With careful planning, these images have a life that endures well beyond that of the artist, through the continuing efforts of a legacy keeper.  Such is the relationship between the trailblazing work of 20th-Century photographer Ruth Orkin and the ongoing endeavors of her
419 Views ·Posted 01/27/2020
Hiking through the snow, nature photographer Martin Bailey shows you Hokkaido's beauty through minimalist black-and-white photography. He offers a look inside his Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure Tour, which is sure to inspire you to travel! If you had to choose anywhere for your adventure photography, Hokkaido, Japan should be on your list. More Adventure Week  
6 Views ·Posted 01/17/2020
Introducing the Leica M10 Monochrom Digital Rangefinder Camera, a versatile monochromatic camera with an expanded ISO of 160 to 100,000. In addition to its 40-Megapixel CMOS Monochrome sensor, LCD touchscreen, and absence of logo, it’s the first monochromatic camera to have built-in Wi-Fi, connecting to the Leica FOTOS app. It’s compatible with all of Leica’s current M-mount lenses ranging from 18mm to 135mm, as well as most Leica M-mount lenses dating back to 1954.
by Allan Weitz ·Posted 01/17/2020
Speaking as a photographer who learned the craft of black-and-white photography using a 4 x 5" field camera and Tri-X film, I know a good black-and-white photograph when I see one. After spending an afternoon wandering about New York’s Chelsea Market and the elevated High Line with the new Leica M10 Monochrom, I can tell you straight up that the M10 Monochrom takes incredibly good black-and-white photographs. And you can bank
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 11/29/2019
Despite film being “dead,” there’s still a surprising number of different and unique films to choose from in 2020, ranging from the classics from the major manufacturers to some more creative films from up and coming, smaller brands. Here’s an overview of the current black and white films available right now. Kodak It’s hard not to start with mother Kodak in an article like this, with all of the history—the ups and downs—Kodak is still one of the true household names
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 09/06/2019
Some of the most cherished memories of my photographic education revolve around spending long hours in the darkroom, making prints into the wee hours of the night. While not as commonplace as it once was, if you’re fortunate enough to have a traditional black-and-white darkroom at your school, be sure to make use of it while you still can. Regardless of whether you’re taking an intro black-and-white class or an intensive printing class, one of the keys to becoming adept at black-and-white printing is, quite literally, to print! And print a lot
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 07/18/2023
Like a painter mastering realism before advancing to abstraction, photographers benefit greatly from learning to shoot film before moving to digital. Stark black-and-white images can swiftly and brutally reveal a weak composition. And shooting with film teaches photographers to be thoughtful about what subjects are worth one of their precious 36 frames. Beginning with black-and-white film helps creates a visually articulate and well-rounded shooter. Which is why many universities have stuck to the practice, despite our entrenchment in a
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 06/26/2019
For as long as I can remember, the heavy chunk of black Bakelite and chrome nicknamed “The Brick,” was a staple on a shelf in my parents’ living room. Officially known as the Argus C3, this solid pointy-edged rangefinder is said to be one of the most popular cameras in history, selling about 2 million units during its extraordinary 27-year production run, from 1939 to 1966. While this camera belonged to my father, I have little memory of him using it, and even less of a sense for when and how he acquired it, or which images were made with the
0 Plays ·Posted 08/11/2017
Structure and limitation is the key to the artistic process. This is the idea that opens our conversation with photographer and publisher Brooks Jensen. In addition to his work as a fine-art photographer, Jensen is well recognized as the publisher of LensWork, the beautiful print magazine (and website) about photographs (not cameras!). We speak with him about LensWork’s “Seeing in Sixes” competition, in which photographers submit a series of just
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 09/12/2018
What to do with all the pictures? This is one of the thorniest questions facing an active image maker with a sizable, and probably still growing, collection of photographs and/or motion footage, plus other contributing materials that add context to a life behind the lens. In an ideal world, as pictures accumulate, a collection evolves into an archive; yet many photographers lack awareness of this concept until far too late in life. Another daunting hurdle to this process is the discipline for organizing a lifetime of visual output. Anyone who
by Allan Weitz ·Posted 02/14/2018
In the 78 years that Kodak Tri-X has been in existence, there have been finer-grained or faster films available, as well as films with more exposure latitude, better contrast, and even better tonality—but none of them have the signature look and the history of Tri-X. Tri-X was originally released in 1940 as a 4 x 5" sheet film, followed by 35mm and 120 roll film versions, in 1954. It wasn’t long before the name Tri-X became synonymous with black-and-white