Creative Black & White – Harold Davis

Wiley Publishing, Indianapolis, 2010

I borrowed this book from the local library, just a couple of learning points from it;


  • High key images – look for subject that is well lit and quite bright in tonal values. Set up flower in glass vase on white seamless background lit using a single light source. Intentionally overexposed to create high key dreamy effect. Look for simple, evocative, subtle lines and shapes that evoke a sense of wonder  in the viewer.
  • Low Key – look for an overall dark scene – needs to be lit with intermittent light. Look for subjects that are largely dark with intermittent illumination of significant features, or specific areas lit either by direct light or using chiaroscuro. Don’t take an average exposure reading, but a spot reading of the lit areas of the subject.

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