Girl in Black and White

Black and White

Photographers that shoot in black and white are very reluctant to use any type of technology to produce black and white photographs from any digital sources. However, there is photo editing software that is dedicated to transforming color formats to black and white. Still, there is even a debate about how much editing delegitimizes the entire digital format, but in particular black and white photography. This debate is further exacerbated because often turning photos into black and white is a method by which some photographers rescue unsuccessful color photographs. It is the reason that this is possible that is at the crux of taking spectacular black and white photos.

Black and White or Bad Color?

The reason that many bad color photos make excellent black and white photos concerns natural lighting. Black and white photography is often better in bright, natural light. This light is often found in times that are not conducive to color photography. Furthermore, the thing that may have attracted these color photographers out in the in correct light is dramatic cloudy and overcast days. These times are the most prime times for producing excellent black and white portraiture, but great color photographs at these times is rare.

The Appeal

However, the appeal to viewers is not based on the simple elements of a beautiful photographs. Black and white photography has the ability to reflect time. This ability is one of the prominent features in many photographs, but it is especially reticent in black and white photography. Black and white photography remains timeless because of this and produces ardent fans.

Retouch with Software

Digital Editing

Almost every digital camera that is available on the market today has the capacity to edit digital images directly within the camera. However, this is a platform that is best suited for laptop and desktop computer software. Images can be altered in almost endless methods, but there are certain tasks that this software is very necessary for in photography. This software allows for retouching, cropping, image overlaying and many more effects that photographers need daily. Photographers can take a very wonderful, career altering photo with a single small problem. Retouching or removing these problems very easily with the appropriate software saves the photograph. This is important because photography captures small sections of time that cannot be repeated.

Paid Software

There are two versions of this software. There are software programs that can be purchased and there is free internet software that must be downloaded. The easiest programs to understand and operate with the greatest depth are paid versions of photo editing software. The free internet software is remarkably good for a free photo editing platform, but they are notoriously difficult to utilize. If a photographer is tech savvy, a free platform may be accessible and very handy. However, people that will have issues with teaching themselves to use these platforms should purchase a version. These will be supported by the brand’s office staff.

Free Software

Free versions require learning from internet sources. These sources are often young kids detailing how they personally have utilized free software, and the information is notoriously untrustworthy. The key to doing realistic touch ups is in the detail. Some famous retouched photos have really peculiar anomalies that signify that the photos have been retouched. This occurs along with substantial media scrutiny.


Photography as a Hobby

Some zealous amateurs will be able to go out and purchase all the professional looking equipment that is on the market. However, they will be missing a huge opportunity to learn fundamental photography in a very beneficial way. The high-end equipment will be needed to photograph minutely detailed photography as well as portraiture, but a novice photographer or a person that is interested in the art simply as a hobby can take great photos with moderately-priced, point and shoot styles of digital cameras.

Equipment Economics

All the major brands have multiple styles of these cameras for very economical prices, and they are basically designated by the styles of photographs that will be taken. This only means that they are preset for optimal pictures of a certain type, but they are all basically the same digital camera. However, there is a greater benefit in starting with these types of cameras even if the more expensive equipment is accessible. Amateurs or hobbyists should invest in a camera that has a nice zoom feature and that is at the higher-end of megapixel capacity, but these will not be the cheapest models. They do excel at landscape photography.

Camera Equipment


The small body of the camera combined with the large-screened view finders allows the subject to be lined up with both the camera and the eye. This quality is enhanced with the very rich digital image that is displayed in the viewfinder. A definite challenge with these cameras is that the photographer must develop a very steady hand. These types of cameras possess stabilization technology, but they do not suffice. Additionally, the photographs occasionally will have to be optimized with digital imaging applications to replicate the results in the viewfinder.