I have to confess I fell in love with Black and White when I was 8 years old, I went to a school trip to a camp that did lots of activities, one of which was to develop and print a film in black and white. I took a reel of film one of which was a picture of me with our supply teacher her arm around me. Yup 8 year old crush I developed that picture and it was on my wall at home for years.

That first Black and White film experience colored my thinking for years during my O’Levels I exclusively took and developed my own black and white film.

To this day I love the medium, so for this exercise I decided that while I was in the studio shooting the lovely Shellie Marie seen in a previous exercise I would take some images lit specifically to work well in black and white.

The main light was a beauty dish set above and to my left and fill was from a long oblong soft box low and to the right.

You will see from the colour image that the lighting works in colour however I have deliberatly set thsi up so that the shadows lend them selves to a black and white conversion.

Here is the colour image:


This is not a bad edit and in fact works quite well however look at the conversion to black and white:


In this image the background blends in so nicely from black highlighting the model I think this image reall works in black and white.

For the conversion I started by reducing the structure to smooth the image then I balanced the blacks mid tones and highlights to get the separation then I used the red and yellow channels to bring out the definition in the bone structure.

To answer the question posed in the exercise I think the biggest change to shooting this was the set up of the lights to provide the gradient across the wall and the depth of shadows in the features of the model, the colour image is perhaps a little harsh.