What do I mean by a recipe for Black and White photography?
Fujifilm photographers should be familiar with the concept of recipes already. For everybody else, it is a combination of in-camera settings that allows, among other things, to recreate the effects of old analogue films. Something that Fujifilm is very passionate about, having created some of the most spectacular colour films in the good old years.
Frankly, I don’t know if this is available with other camera brands as well: it’s been a while since I used a camera different from a Fuji or my iPhone. But for every photographer out there, I hope it is because it’s a fantastic feature to have.
Fuji X Weekly is probably the best resource to start baking these recipes into your photography (see what I’ve done here?). I can’t think of another person as committed to finding the most accurate recipes as Ritchie. His blog is a must-read.
My recipe for Black and White photography is based on one he published in his blog a while ago. I also tried several others, but I think this captures the essence of old film photography exceptionally well.
And here it is, in full splendour, in my latest video!
It’s kind of a Behind The Scenes of my previous Black Lives Matter video, where I used this exact recipe for Black and White photography.
And here’s the direct link, in case the embed doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mORCKlDnuVA
If you try this recipe yourself, let me know!
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Thanks for your support! Till next time!