You don’t need to be catholic to appreciate beauty in religious architecture. And that’s just what JoDee and I did along a city side street in our never-ending quest to ensnare our eyes and yours. The elegance of the carving lent itself well to a black and white image.
Chiaroscuro (literally translated “bright and dark”) is a term used to describe the amount of dark and light tones in an image. In black and white shots, having a great deal of both of these contrasting tones makes for a more dramatic picture. To achieve this, look for a subject that shows a clear contrast between light and dark. Once the picture is taken, look at the camera’s histogram to see if it shows a bias toward the right (showing a brighter image). If those two conditions are present, then the subject lends itself well to a black and white image.
Note that you can always influence your histogram’s bias easily by varying your shutter speed. Faster speeds mean a darker image, while slower speeds increase brightness.
Later on in post-processing, digital filters can be used to not only remove the colors but to increase the contrast of the image, making the chiaroscuro even more pronounced.
Image Data: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125