Black and white photography forces the viewer to pay attention to the details of a photo especially Contrast and Texture.
Texture is an important aspect needed in photography because it adds visual interest.
Contrast is another important element in photography because it catches a viewers eye also, adding visual interest.
The human eye notices two things when looking at a photo, color and contrast. With no color to view, your eye becomes even more sensitive to the sharp contrasts and value changes. Naturally black and white images create a stronger and more compelling image that draws the viewer into the scene and allows you to pinpoint certain details in the composition, which may have been obscured by color.
Storytelling by capturing emotions in black and white allows us actually feel the same emotion that you’re trying to capture. Emotions are what connects us.
The photographs from the following five photographers will give you a glimpse into what the person being photographed is feeling right at that moment in time.
History has proven that there is no other artform that can change our view of the world; its people, culture, places and creatures within it than that of the photograph. Its our reaction to an image that causes change to happen.
Can you think of any black and white images that are iconic and encapsulated an era? a movement? Inspired change?
YOUR ASSIGNMENT--Photographer spotlight compositional challenge – CAPTURE SOMETHING COMPELLING in Black and White
First create a board on Pinterest—Label it “Black and White” collect selected works from photographers particularly the works of Diane Arbus, Dorthea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Vivian Maier and Josef Koudelka
Do your research. Ask yourself:
What do these photographers have in common?
What is compelling about their images?
What do you see in the images and what makes them great?
Things to keep in mind:
CAPTURE SOMETHING COMPELLING Capture mood and essence of a scene using a style of Documentary, Street Photography, setting up a Portrait. Create a composition with the right subject in a right place at the right moment.
Use the monochrome setting on your camera to shoot a minimum of 12 images and select three best for editing/cropping for ideal composition and post on the classroom along with your reflection about your process. Be sure to title your images