Black and White
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Why do black and white photographs speak to us? Sometimes even louder than a colorful picture palette. In nature, colors are meant to attract, and cause things to catch our attention. Still, even without color, black and white images are a mainstay of our craft, and are powerful representations of the artistic spirit. There’s something mysterious and beautiful about black and white photography.
Not all photos look great in black and white and one of the arts of photography is ‘seeing’ how the image will look before you take it. When you remove color from the photographic equation, you are left with only differences in tone; lights and dark. These differences are what truly make good black and white images, and the differences in light and shadow bring contrast to the photograph.
True Black and White
Black and white images are indeed monochromatic but not all monochrome images are black and white. True black and white photos use only black and white to produce the image.
The goal of sepia is to take standard monochromatic photos and turn them into something a little more eye-pleasing. The red, yellow and brown tones associated with sepia bring warmth to photos that would otherwise not be there.