Black & White Photography

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Julia Blaukopf is not afraid to think big, particularly when it comes to her photographs. She’s also not afraid of blurring the lines between fine art and commercial enterprise. Equal parts photographer, designer, visual artist, and entrepreneur, Julia is the founder of Fotografica—an arts-products venture with the goal of re-envisioning options for photography and photo-based products. Above photograph © Julia Blaukopf In this week’s podcast, Julia leads us along her inspiring path—from her early days working with alternative processes and
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For anyone familiar with the photo industry, the mammoth lawsuit between The Andy Warhol Foundation and renowned music photographer Lynn Goldsmith should be no secret. This complex battle over the rights to her 1981 portrait of the artist formerly known as Prince lasted seven years and went all the way to the Supreme Court. Above photograph © Lynn Goldsmith But do you know the circumstances behind her original portrait session with the famously reserved musician, and were you aware of all the misinformation about this case that was
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In this B&H Event Space video, Sony Artisan of Imagery Thibault Roland discusses black-and-white photography and post-processing. He points out the importance of visualization when building an image and explains how creating in black-and-white can benefit other areas of your photographic process. 0:00 - Introduction 1:08 - Overview and About 3:39 - Why Black-and-White? 6:16 - Less is More 20:51 - What is Your Vision? 26:37 - How? 30:00 - Software (Color to Black-and-White Conversion) 31:00 - Calibrate Your Monitor 35:50 - Photo Editing
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Kiana Hayeri was born in Iran, and this was where she launched her career as a photojournalist and visual storyteller. Yet after traveling to Afghanistan for a 2014 assignment, she decided to relocate, spending the next eight years covering the frontlines of conflict and everyday lives of the Afghan people. Above photograph © Kiana Hayeri In this second installment of our monthly series, Picturing World Cultures, we speak with Hayeri about her experiences living and working in a region mired in cultural upheaval, failing infrastructure, and
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“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” – Robert Frank Australian photographer Wayne Quilliam used to consider his camera as a tool, but today it’s become his “companion.” This is just one of the inspiring takeaways from our chat for the new monthly podcast series, “Picturing World Cultures.” Above photograph © Wayne Quilliam Listen in as Quilliam describes his journey—from growing up on the island state of Tasmania knowing little about his indigenous roots, to gaining a fascination with culture while traveling with the Royal
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During this lecture, Sony Artisan of Imagery Thibault Roland discusses the finer points of black-and-white photography. He illustrates how important it is to visualize and build an image, as well as how your overall photography work (including color) can benefit from the rigorous process of creating in black-and-white. 0:00 - Introduction 3:39 - Why Black-and-White? 6:16 - Less is More with Black-and-White 20:52 - What is Your Vision? 26:35 - How to Create with Black-and-White? 35:30 - Editing Black-and-White Images 46:54 - Final Thoughts 48:
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Lee Miller may have been best known in life as a beautiful muse of the legendary Surrealist Man Ray yet, shortly after her passing, a lucky accident led her family to an attic treasure trove, which made her a photography legend in her own right. During this week’s podcast, we unpack the details of this extraordinary tale and hear many other anecdotes from Miller’s adventurous life in a chat with her son and biographer, Antony Penrose. From her swift ascent as a ’20s-era Vogue fashion model—and the ad campaign that sidelined her appeal—to her
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Sony Alpha Ambassador Mahesh Thapa shares some crucial tips to help improve your photography. Thapa goes over his best tips for composition, camera settings, and black-and-white photography. 0:00 - Introduction 3:28 - Composition Tips 18:20 - Camera Setting Tips 24:38 - Accessory Tips 35:25 - Black-and-White Tips 44:17 - Final thoughts / Q&A Did you find these tips helpful? Share your own in the Comments section, below. Sponsored by
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1950s America proved fertile ground for photographers Robert Frank and Todd Webb, who both received Guggenheim Foundation grants to traverse the country in 1955 and record their respective visions. While Frank’s resulting book, The Americans, eventually made him a legend, Webb’s photographs remained unpublished, and were all but lost to history due to a 1970s-era business deal gone bad. The saga of Webb’s unaccounted-for archive and its eventual recovery is one of the juicier tidbits from today’s show, which focuses on the long-awaited
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Bruce Gilden is a street-photography icon. With summer in full swing and International Street Photography Day (otherwise known as Henry Cartier-Bresson’s birthday) looming on the horizon, what better time to feature a lively chat with the master himself, recorded at B&H’s 2023 Depth of Field Conference, just before the Magnum photographer’s keynote lecture. Gilden’s emotionally fraught depictions of real people up close are an
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What makes black-and-white images special? What types of subjects can you photograph? Sony Artisan of Imagery and fine art photographer Thibault Roland shares five tips for beginner black-and-white photographers. 0:00 - Introduction 0:19 - Tip 1 0:36 - Tip 2 0:49 - Tip 3 1:00 - Tip 4 1:39 - Tip 5 For more from Thibault Roland, join him for a livestream about The Art of Black-and-White Photography, this Thursday, July 20th at 3:00PM EST, on the B&H Event Space page.
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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 57:49
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Dominique Hammer specializes in black-and-white photography. In this presentation he shares his experience, knowledge, and recommendations to help you improve your photography. 0:00 - Introduction 1:29 - Train Your Eyesight 7:40 - Analyzing the First Photo 12:56 - How to Analyze Photography 20:32 - How to Prepare a Fashion Shoot 28:29 - Analyzing the Fashion Shoot Photo 34:22 - How to Find the Essentials 42:49 - Things that Helped the Most 49:10 - Analyzing the Final Photo 50:46 - Gear Used 51:20 - Final Thoughts
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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
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Street photographer Hugh Brownstone shares his tips for shooting black-and-white photos with your digital camera. Whether you're making portraits, cityscapes, or architectural photos, these techniques will help you get started! 0:00 - Introduction 0:18 - Use Technology 0:44 - How to Expose 1:28 - Capture in Color 1:48 - Think of the Edit 2:14 - Where to Be Did you find these tips helpful? Let us know in the Comments section, below.