Black and white have recently regained popularity in photographic art. The reason for this is its power of expressing emotions, moods, and atmosphere like no other form of photography can. Black and white photos have their special section in photo galleries and have a much more dramatic look compared to color.
Black and white photography represents a monochrome form in visual art. The term ‘monochrome’ is derived from the Greek ‘monochrome,’ a combination of ‘mono,’ which means ‘alone’ and ‘chroma’ – ‘color.’ So ‘monochrome’ means ‘of a single color.’ Monochrome dominated photography for many years before the introduction of color. Brightness and-and clarity of the camera was improved in the 16th century.The first photosensitive compound was invented in 1727 by Prof. J. Schulze by mixing chalk, silver and nitric acid. In 1826, Nicephorus Nice combined the photosensitive paper and camera obscura to create a permanent image. Black and white dominated not only photography but also television, movies, and computers. Color photography just became popular in the 20th century.
Choosing the subject right is even more important for black and white photography than for color. It is like using a roentgen device that has a better quality. Plastic surgeons generally prefer photography to roentgen because they want to see how their work looks like int he real life. There are subjects that look incredible in color but are often boring in monochrome. Black and white are the simplest but in the same time the most complex form of photography. Images are crisp, clean, fresh and honest and can have the most powerful impact on the viewer. Its popularity allowed black and white photography to hold its place in photographic exhibitions. Pictures can capture atmosphere, emotions, and impressions and portray nostalgia in the most dramatic way. Considering the background, the exposure, the backlit is essential.
Lights and shadows also play important parts. You can experiment by shooting at various times during a day. This way you can learn how important lights and shadows are and how they influence the atmosphere in a photo. Another important factor is color. Choose subjects that have fewer colors. For instance, green and purple are very visible in color, but indistinguishable in black and white. The subject you choose should be both interesting and dramatic.
We are currently witnessing a revival of black and white photography. This demand came from the media sector, such as print and advertising. Even general consumers are using this type of photography for weddings and other family occasions to produce timeless pictures. It is also very popular in people photography (portraying). Black and white have had tremendous success in portrait photography. Julia Margaret Cameron became famous for portraits of celebrities of that time. She had no interest in photography until receiving a camera when she was 48, and her career was only 11 years. She preferred the close crop style, which is still widely used today.
Black and white photography is genuinely timeless. Many photos taken hundreds of years ago continue to catch the eye of the viewer. However, choosing between black and white and color photography is entirely your choice, depending on what subjects you choose and what you want the photo to express. So by taking black and white photography you will rest assured of long lasting photos for your precious moments and artwork.