The Brilliance of Black and White Portraits
Black and white goes to the very essence of photography. All photography was originally monochrome. Today, it’s the exception, not the rule. All digital images are created in color. Through a variety of processes, they can be converted to black and white.
Depending on who you talk to, black and white photos often invite a wide range of opinion. Some feel black and white images are more real, more raw. By stripping away the color, our eyes and minds are left to see someone as they are. On the other hand, fine art photographer Joel Sternfeld says, “Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”
As a Minneapolis photographer specializing in headshots for business, I am constantly looking for different ways to showcase my clients so they will get the attention they are looking for.
Black and white portrait photography, including photo headshots and business professional headshots, have gained a new caché. It’s possible that people associate black and white with a sense of nostalgia. Retro is in. But, as the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld said, “Black and white always looks modern.”
From a technical standpoint, contrast is king when creating a black and white headshot photo.
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