The beauty of true Black and White prints

I have always been a huge fan of Black and White photos for my own photography. Back from when I was a child visiting Yosemite I remember viewing the detailed Ansel Adams prints with amazement. Such a lovely range of tones and depth to the images. I remember running around Yosemite with my little point and shoot camera trying to take breathtaking landscapes. Years later I fell in love with Black and White printing in college and loved to shoot large format film to make detailed Black and White prints.

After school when I started my wedding and portrait business I always shot a good percent of images in Black and White. To me there is nothing more beautiful than a moment of a bride getting ready, or the face of a groom seeing his bride for the first time in Black and White. When you strip out all of the color you really focus on the emotions of the image. The other day I was cleaning out my desk and came across a sample print that I used to show my clients. It was a simple photo that was converted to Black and White in post production. Then I had the image printed through my normal lab which prints all on color paper. The image has a slight color cast to it and it is missing the pop that you can get from a great Black and White print. I’ve always loved contrast and there isn’t much contrast in this shot.

Then I got the same image printed from a company up in San Francisco ( They can print your digital files on true Black and White paper and the results were night and day. It amazed me so much that I had to always show it to clients when I had a consultation with them to really show them the difference a good print can make on the image. You can click on the image to see it a little larger.

black and white digital print

If you really love Black and White prints I highly suggest using them to print your work. You can order online and have the prints shipped to you and the price is very reasonable. Check them out at

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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