Posted on February 27, 2018
A photographer spent the day walking around with a camera slung over his shoulder and the lens cap left off. Towards the end of the afternoon, the photographer sat down for a coffee and realised that his camera had been in timer mode, taking random shots every 30 seconds. Many people would have worried that this may have wasted the battery, or left a nightmare on the camera’s memory card. However, this photographer quickly processed the photos in high contrast black and white and managed to pass them off as Street Photography.
OK, this story is probably not true, and is one I read a long time ago. Many Street Photographers work very well with B+W and produce stunning images. Tri X film grain looks gorgeous, and there are film pre-sets that re-create the B+W analog look with increasing success. However, an image does not become a successful Street Photograph just because it is B+W, no matter how the grain or contrast increases. Of course, NOT converting a colour photo to black and white does not automatically make a great picture. Next week I will look at some of the ways we can tweak our colour choices to make images more pleasing. In the meantime…
So, without further fuss. Here are the reasons why colour is your friend.
Daffodils (Tulips at a push).
Children with red balloons
Red Lips and Blue Eyes
Sunrise (and sunset)
Fruit and Flower Markets
Red Buses and Yellow Bicycles
Colour film was invented in 1907 by Auguste and Louis Lumiere and became commercially viable in 1935 with the launch of Kodachrome. Newspapers first turned to colour in 1954. The internet, movies, books, and magazines are all colour. However, Street Photographers love B+W, often for a good reason. The monochromatic image is a simplified version of what we see. Simplified photos can intensify the subject and help the viewer focus on the framing of the image. Also, Bresson shot in B+W and if it was good enough for him? In truth, I love a great B+W photo, but let’s remember to celebrate colour!
Take Care and Keep Clicking,
Posted on February 20, 2018
I have had a couple of experiences this week that have made me think about how we capture images of people. The first incident related to the photo below, which I posted online in a public area. Someone commented that Muslim women do not like their picture taken and do not like their images published. Further to this I was asked if I had sought permission to take the image, and was a release form signed?
Posted on February 13, 2018
This week I have spent two days looking at technology in the classroom. During this time there was a significant focus on Ipad use in schools. Many creatives, such as Trey Ratcliff are leaving Apple for PC alternatives. However, while Apple may be losing numbers in the creative industry, it would appear that they are securing a future in education. One of the ‘big ideas’ coming from these workshops is the way technology is positioning users as consumers, producers, and collaborators. As with so many situations where I find myself in a teaching and learning situation, I draw parallels with how my professional life links with photography.
Posted on February 6, 2018
There are a couple of noteworthy things that have happened this last week. I have been published in Linklens, a site run by my friend Renaud. Linklens is a fantastic site and features many talented photographers. Go check it out and follow.
Secondly, I have started my own Youtube channel, and I am planning to Vlog once a week. Here is the link to my first ever pagespics Youtube post!
These achievements are helping me to move from my safe zone, speaking of which.