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Start making stunning black-and-white images

I have to confess to you — I’m an ambivalent photography lover. My love for color knows few bounds (unless we’re talking oversaturated images or horribly processed HDR). Color dazzles the eyes, prompts emotions, inspires. And yet, my heart splits in two when we turn toward black-and-white photography. Not just any black-and-white photography. I’m talking breathtaking, dramatic, glossy black-and-whites, the kind a master of the medium can make. To me, great black-and-white photography requires an artist’s touch, a deft use...

A pandemic casualty – our creativity

Nine months into this pandemic, it’s time to take an honest look at what it has done to our creativity. Manuscript drafts remain untouched or half-heartedly tended to. Camera gear mostly collects dust while laying on the shelves. Pens sheathed. Journals closed. Printers silent, their ink dry. It’s a wreck, a smoldering pile of derailed train cars. Can’t sugarcoat it. I hear all the time that we should forgive ourselves if we lack motivation to follow through on our creative...