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Welcome to Black-And-White-Pictures.net. Here you’ll find all you need to know about black and white photography and everything related to this exciting medium. We’ll talk about individual photographers and artists who work in black-and-white a lot. We’ll discuss techniques, composition, lighting and the kind of schools you can attend to learn more about the process.

Instead of striking color, beautiful black and white photography attract with its depth and texture. We’ll pay close attention to an artist’s perspective and the context the subject was shot in as these are very important elements in creating a stunning black and white image.

Here is an example of the kind of article you will encounter on our site:

This is part of an article about photographer Ansel Adams. He is truly a legendary photographer and his pictures today, the originals, will sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

Ansel Adams along with another highly regarded portrait photographer, Fred Archer, developed what is known as the Zone System. The Zone system is a way to determine proper exposure for a subject through the camera lens.

The Zone system also allows for the adjustment of the contrast of the final print. The result was incredible clarity and depth that characterized Ansel Adams’ photographs as uniquely his. Both Adams and Fred Archer did want they could pass along this knowledge to others. In fact, for many years Fred Archer ran and taught at his own photography school.

If you are familiar with the term Zone system as applied to photography; it’s a system whereby the photographer uses negatives. Most photographers don’t anymore, but negatives can capture a much larger exposure range than slides. There is a light meter within the camera that give the photographer a reading of the kind of light that is exposing a scene.

The biggest problem with these light meters is that they assume all scenes have the same tonal value which would be middle gray. Of course, this will be a problem for a snow-scape or night shot. So Adams created a system where by he adjusted the light meter to how he visualized the scene after it was shot and ignored the meter’s suggestion. Then Adams would develop his own film. This gave him total control over he wanted to highlight his pictures. Not a lot of photographers do this anymore. Most professional photographers use digital cameras and they are always color.

Ansel’s photography career began in the 1920′s and went on for decades. It was in the mid-1920s, that Adams experimented with soft-focus, etching, and other techniques of the pictorial photographers. He also shot hundreds of colors shots as well, but he is best known for his black-and-white pictures.

Although a popular technique in his day, Adams steered clear of hand-coloring his black and white photos. Instead, Adams used a variety of lenses to get different effects, but eventually rejected pictorialism for a more realistic approach which relied more heavily on sharp focus, heightened contrast, precise exposure, and darkroom craftsmanship.