OnSet with Daniel Norton: How thinking in black and white can change how you light portraits


posted Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM EDT


When creating a final black and white portrait, it is best to know you are going to end up with a monochrome image at the time of capture. This is because there are ways you can light your image which will make a stronger black and white image which may not have a similar impact on a color image.

As Daniel Norton points out in the latest episode of his video series, OnSet, photographers often end up locked into "thinking in color" as they shoot. When creating a black and white image, you must utilize luminance to create contrast and emphasis in your image, which means that shadows and highlights have heightened importance.

(Via Adorama