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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...

Learn to love light AND shadow

Spray-and-pray. Anyone who’s held a camera has used this method of photography, usually when you first start out (and hopefully only then). Spray-and-pray refers to the fever pitch creative mania one deploys in the pursuit of a great image. An event is unfolding in front of you. Maybe it’s an exchange of wedding vows. Or your child is taking her first steps. Perhaps a fiery sunset lights the ocean horizon in a mix of reds, oranges, and purples. Clickclickclickclickclickclick. You...