Today I was asked about my black and white workflow. I thought I might answer it here as well:
I only shoot raw, both with my Leica and my Fuji cameras, so technically, there is always color information there. (Hence I was able to convert this image back to color.)
But usually, I never see my images in color, ever.
That is because I have set all of my cameras to black and white, using the “Monochrom” mode on the Leicas and the ACROS (Yellow) film simulation on the Fujis. That way I only see b/w images when looking through the EVF or at the display, both when shooting and also when I review the photos I have taken.
Photo Mechanic, which I use for editing, shows me monochrome photos too, as it uses the preview images generated by the cameras.
And finally, when I import my photos into Lightroom, I have it set up so that it applies a custom preset using a B&W profile (mostly Adobe Monochrome) to the images right away.
That’s it. 🙂
All that being said, I obviously shoot in color sometimes. I even have a whole project I shoot in color.
I also think it is important to note, that some photos do not work in b/w – and some don’t work in color. That is why I usually decide whether to shoot either b/w or color before going out/taking the first picture, because – at least for me – seeing works differently in both cases. I probably should elaborate on that in another post…
In the process of editing my #btconf images from earlier this week:
I did take 1,641 images in total. 805 were left after the first pass, 406 after the second. Now down to 219 photos. I usually aim for something in the range of 150 or so images. Getting rid of the last 50, is always the hardest part.
Final thing after that will be sequencing. I mostly go with chronological here, but sometimes, moving a couple of images around makes for a more interesting flow.
And while I love my photo blog for sharing my images, I was looking for a way to send a personal message to someone – that’s just for them, eg. to say thank you or send them an image, that is only meant for them.
It was also important to allow people to keep their postcards. That is why you can download them (it’s a simple HTML file) and look at them offline. (It should even work in Quick Look on a Mac!)
Something I never read about anywhere is how incredibly well the (digital) Leica M handles SD cards and files.
Example from earlier today:
After importing images and then putting the SD card back into my Fujifilm X-E4, it complained with a “card failure” error.
To its defense: The card was pretty much full and I used Photo Mechanic to select images and add some meta data directly on the card, which they (Camera Bits) explicitly, repeatedly tell you to never do. (What can I say… 🤷♂️)
The Fuji was basically crashing. Couldn’t even format the card.
So, I popped it into the Leica, formatted it without issues. Back into the Fuji, which now showed no card error.
Another thing that I run into constantly is that the Fuji cannot display the images after I added meta data to them with Photo Mechanic (again, directly onto the card, yes, I know…), whereas the Leica does not have any issues whatsoever.
Maybe it’s because of the file format – Fuji’s proprietary RAW vs. Leica using DNG?
In 2022 I archived121,469 photos, 4,846 of which, I marked as favorites. (2021’s numbers for comparison: 22,097 archived, 4,809 favorites. That is pretty consistent, I’d say.)
35 % of images are tagged “home”, which means I took them at and around my home. (46 % in 2021). 45 % of all of my 2022 images have at least one of my daughters in them, which further indicates that documenting my family is by far the most important part of my photographic practice.
Last year I got a new camera, the Fujifilm X-E4, which I used for roughly 34 % of my images. The Leica M is still number one at 49 %, the Q accounts for 13 % of photographs taken in 2022. (The remaining 4 % are various cameras I only used for testing, etc.)
I am not a fan of consuming photography online. Which probably sounds weird, coming from someone who just finished 100 days of posting daily to his photoblog. I should probably clarify this a bit:
I do not like looking at photographs in a feed like application like Instagram or Mastodon (as I learned just recently, when I tried to follow some photo related hashtags).
My main issue is with presentation and image size: Photos are way too small to appreciate them really and they are all in the same format and context.
Also I am missing intentionality. I am not looking at photographer X’s work, I am just looking at everything at once – and whatever some algorithm deems right for me at the moment. (Not on Mastodon, but following hashtags feels pretty much the same.)
Don’t get me wrong, I do not have an issue looking at photos on a screen – although nothing – nothing! – beats the printed image – but I would rather go to people’s websites, where they present their images in a way that they think fits their work best and that they put a little bit of effort into.
So I guess, what I am trying to say is this: Create a dedicated place for your photography online. Get a website going, start a photoblog and share your images in a format that they deserve.
If you already have a photoblog, please share it with me. I’d love to follow along.