I have to disagree with the previous post, While for sure the photographer's artistic talent is important. B&W demand a far more strigent understanding of the technical aspect. The already mentioned approach of focusing on subject and interaction of the elements is only part of the issue. There is far more important ones to consider also ...|
- Tonal value recording thus ... Without Color, many elements of a scene would record just the same as their tonal value might be similar despite in realities they might be well seperated by their own color. Knowing how tone will record and render on film/print is part of the technical aspect that cannot and should not be ignored, a sample of my shoot of lily pond here show dramatic contrast between the leaves, but I can assure you that if you simply take a B&W or convert this by desaturating, the whoile scene will look almost totally flat as there are minimal tonal seperation in there.
Similar thing can be said for almost all aspeect of B&W that demand knowing the difference between recording tone and luminousity data ( on film or digital ) vs capturing Color. Composition consideration had to be different also as there is different aspect of criteria and judgement ( Dpeth and perspective is different when color data is not there )
With B&W , we have also a need to learn that many of the long hold rule for Color photography simply do not apply anymore. Grain, Highkey, low key, high contrast / low contrast are now all part of composition consideration and imaging technique that work far more for B&W than color. Rethinging of the need for sharpness, resolution, accutance, and latitude need to be taken into considerations. And all these can only be learn via experience and understanding the underlinign of the B&W process both film and print
So while technology do goes ahead, there is no subsitutite for Basic knowhow and understanding
[ Last edited by FTL on 2006-5-13 at 14:17 ]