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“Portraits of Lions in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints  

Lion in black and white in Kenya. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
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“Portraits of Walia Ibex in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints ”

Walia Ibex in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
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New Collections of Fine Art Prints Dedicated to the Wonders of Nature

Landscape in black and white of Caddo Lake in texas. Photograph created b Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
This artistic photograph is a part of the collection "Natural Wonders of Caddo Lake".

I offer to lovers of beautiful photographs looking to find peace and serenity in their daily lives, art prints from nature.

Unlike the posters available in supermarkets or furniture stores, my art prints are different, luxurious, neat and will not deteriorate over the years.

Each art print is limited to 8 copies. It is signed, delivered with its certificate of authenticity. This is a guarantee for you that it will increase in value over time.


Les 10 Lastest Fine Art Print Collections

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Fresh Website Updates of www.guillenphoto.com

All the updates of my website www.guillenphoto.com: blog, news, fine art, photo workshops.

Walia ibex in black and black on the highlands of Ethiopia..
Walia ibex in black and white on the highlands of Ethiopia.

The Latest Updates

To better share my passion for nature, I strive to release one new article onto the website each week. My articles enable me to share ideas with my readers and reveal my paths in artistic photography.

Below you will find the themes I regularly update.

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“Portraits of Ethiopian Wolves in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints 

Ethiopian Wolf in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
Friday, March 13, 2020
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Why and How: Seeing in Black and White for Photography in 8 Tips – Part 2

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Black and white photo of a manta ray in Maldives.
This black and white photo of a manta ray is part of an underwater photo project dedicated to black and white.

Reminder on the Definition of a Photograph

In a previous article, I defined a photograph as being two components:

  • Its aspect. This is the visible component. This is also what I call the container.
  • Its meaning. It’s the invisible, intangible component. This is also what I call content.

These two components are necessary and sufficient to define a photograph.

If the meaning is missing, you just have a picture. That is to say, a representation of the real.

Reminder on the Purpose of Light in Photography

In a previous article, I explained to you that light is the binder used to agglomerate all the inert materials in a photograph.

Light is the link of all the visual elements of your photograph. It is with it that you will highlight your composition and your framing.

I explained that:

  • Light defines shapes.
  • Light defines lines.
  • Light creates textures.
  • Light determines colors.

Without light, your compositions and your framing would have no photographic flavor.

In black and white, the colors do not exist. When using light, you must therefore be very careful with shapes, lines and textures.

Tip # 1: Learn to Watch the Tones of Your Scene

In a previous article, I explained to you that the tonality of a photograph is its visual aspect in terms of the distribution of tones and the gradation levels between them.

The different tones at your disposal are a palette that allow you to create interesting and creative photographs.

The tones apply to parts of a photograph. The tonality is the general rendering of the photograph.

There are three main types of tonality:

  • The dark tone: the photograph is rather dark with low lights or dark colors. Low key photos in black and white are dark toned photos.
  • The clear tone: the photograph is rather clear with highlights or bright colors. High key photos are light tone photos.
  • Neutral tone: the photograph is neither dark nor bright. It is also called balanced tone.

There is no universal tone. It all depends on what you want to convey.

To take black and white photos, I recommend that you carefully analyze the tones of your scenes. Do not specifically focus on the tone. Pay attention to each of its components.

Tip # 2: Learn to Look in Color

This advice may seem paradoxical, but to create good black and white photos, you have to learn to look in color.

In a previous article on color in photography, I explained that a color has 3 attributes:

  • Color: red, blue, green. It is the name of the color.
  • Tone: light, dark.
  • Saturation: purity of color. The higher the saturation, the more energy the color has. The lower the saturation, the less energetic the color.
  • If you want to see a color scene in black and white, I recommend that you pay no attention to the hue and the saturation. They have no impact on the rendering of a black and white photo

  • Take the following test in your favorite photo editor.
  • Take a color photo. Turn it into black and white. Keep the result.
  • Saturate the colors of your photo. Turn it back to black and white. Keep the result.
  • Compare the two black and white photos. You will not see any difference.

    Never forget that the saturation in a photo gives energy but it has no impact on the color for a transformation in black and white. Be very careful especially with complementary colors. It is just an illusion. The complementary colors give strength to a color photo but have no interest in black and white.

    In black and white, only the tones are important. You have to learn to look at colors that have light tones and dark tones.

    When analyzing a color photo, study the shadows, highlights and midtones. Do not look at the energy of the colors.

    Tip # 3: Learn to Look at Textures, Shapes, Patterns and Lines

    In a black and white photo, the colors are absent. They are useless. It is for this reason that you should pay close attention to the following :

  • Strong lines.
  • Textures.
  • Shapes.
  • The light colors.
  • Sharp areas.
  • Clear areas.
  • High contrast areas.
  • In a previous article on the definition of a photograph, I discussed how a viewer analyzes a photo. His eyes always go to the elements I have just listed.

    Photographic language aims to organize photographic elements to express your thoughts.

    It is this particular technique that I teach with my ACANP method during my photo workshops

    Tip # 4: Learn to Look at Light and Shadows

    Light defines the different elements that can be used in a scene. It is for this reason that it must be understood. It is your medium.

    Personally , I really appreciate the light from the side. I find that it is the one that best highlights the textures.

    If the scene you are photographing has strong lights, it will be of the high key type.

    If the scene you are photographing has very strong shadow areas, it will be of the lowkey type.

    Tip # 5: Choose Scenes with Large Tonal Differences

    The tonal differences in a scene are judged in color. Choose the widest possible pitch differences. This technique will allow you to define the entire contrast in black and white.

    The more you learn to look at the tones in your scenes, the better your black and white photos will be

    Tip # 6: Choose Scenes with Details Visible in Dark Areas

    I notice that often black and white photos have very dense blacks without any detail. In photography, it is said that the blacks have no details.

    When exposing a scene that will become a black and white photo, try to make the details visible in the dark areas. It is very difficult to estimate on the ground.

    By highlighting the details in the dark areas, you will have details in the black areas of your photos. They do not particularly attract the eye of the viewer, but the addition of details can attract the eye and can cause questioning. You will also avoid the terrible mass imbalance that happens when details are not put in the dark areas.

    Tip # 7: Choose Scenes with Extreme Contrasts

    Black and white photography is a creative technique in which the management of contrasts is crucial.

    The contrast of a photograph is the difference between the lightest and the darkest area.

    The ideal for black and white is that this contrast is as large as possible. Indeed, the human eye loves contrasts to better decipher the content of a photograph.

    When you are in the field, arrange to find a point of view that will give you the most contrast possible

    Tip # 8: Find a High Light Area

    In a black and white photo, the eyes of a spectator always go first to the highlights. It is for this reason that you must integrate at least one high light area in your composition.

    It must be located on a strong point or in a place where you want the spectator to look. It is a technique that I use very often in my compositions.

    Finally

    These 8 tips should allow you to exercise your gaze on the field to see in black and white. Remember that this creative technique is very difficult to master. You will need time. Do not hesitate to practice permanently whether in terrestrial or underwater photography. I advise you to write down on a sheet of paper all the advices and always read it over before a photo session dedicated to creating black and white photos.

    Friday, March 06, 2020
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    Why and How: Seeing in Black and White for Photography in 8 Tips – Part 1

    When you photograph nature scenes in black for black and white prints, how do you look ?

    Do you watch in color or in black and white ?

    The answer to this crucial question can fully determine the quality of your photographic creations.

    In this article, I give you 8 tips for better seeing in black and white. You will create more interesting photos. These are tips that I use to create my art prints.

    Black and white photograph of a bison in Yellowstone in summer. The details, the form, the structures were necessary to correctly show the scene.
    Bison in Yellowstone in summer. It is an animal difficult to highlight in black and white. This photo required preparation.

    The Little Story Behind This Article

    The first time I went to photograph the canyons of Antelope in Arizona in the United States, my goal was to create black and white photos.

    During the preparation of this photo project, I looked at hundreds of photos. All had one thing in common. They were in color. A very large number of them were of very good technical and creative quality, but they all looked alike.

    They were not simple copy and paste but each photographer was inspired by the others. The photographs were similar.

    To make a distinction, I decided to create a collection only in black and white. So, I booked 4 tours of 2h30 each with a specific guide to help me. Each session was scheduled at a different time of the day to make sure to have the right lights.

    During my sessions, the conditions were perfect. I was like a real child discovering his Christmas gifts. It was extraordinary.

    When I returned to my studio, I sorted, organized and selected my photos. After few days, I started developing the collection.

    Then, I had one of the biggest shocks of my career as a professional photographer. No photo could be developed in black and white. The results were not at all up to my expectations. In color everything was perfect. But I was going to create photos that smelled of deja-vu.

    I realized my mistake. I understood that I had looked in color and not in black and white. I missed the essentials. I had wasted my photographic time.

    This experience was for me the revelation of what black and white represented.

    It is not enough to take a color photo and transform it black and white. You have to think in black and white when shooting. But above all, you must see in black and white.

    This is what I will explain to you in the rest of this article.

    Why Photographing in Black and White

    If you are not yet creating black and white photographs, you are probably wondering why you need to use this photographic style.

    The qualities of black and white photographs are numerous:

    • The beauty of black and white is simplicity.
    • Black and white offers other means than color to show an artistic interpretation.
    • Black and white is an artistic style because it never shows the reality which is always in color.
    • Black and white allows a viewer to focus on the content. Color is a distracting technique.
    • Black and white does not make concessions like the color which can hide defects of in shots.
    • Black and white makes it possible to create more homogeneous photographs even in very varied light conditions. The photos are more consistent.
    • Black and white is the root of photography.
    • Black and white is a technique that allows you to create photos with another vision.
    • Black and white adds mystery and helps to create abstract conceptual photos.

    For me, the greatest quality is that black and white is its timelessness.

    When I look at color photos, I often find them dated, obeying criteria of a fashion that has long since passed. They are no longer relevant.

    Black and white art prints cross the ages. You can watch them, even admire them 20 or 30 after they have been created.

    This is for this reason that I often say during my photo workshops that black and white offers me the luxury of mastering time.

    Creating Black and White Photos is Difficult

    Black and white is not a photographic field as I hear it sometimes said. It is a technical approach which concerns both underwater photography, wildlife photography and landscape photography.

    Black and white is a creative interpretative technique that is very difficult to master.

    Learning is very long, difficult. Many photographers are discouraged when they compare their photos to the ones created by the masters of this technical approach.

    The creation of quality black and white photographs is very demanding. It begins with the shooting and ends with printing on paper. The stages of the workflow are completely different from those of color.

    In this article, I will only discuss the first step: the field.

    How to See in Black and White

    I will give you tips that I use during the creation of my collections to see in black and white. Each of the following paragraphs will give you some advice.

    But before going further, I would like to share with you this quote which is engraved on my mind and which I repeat myself constantly as soon as I create a project in black and white.

    « In photography, perfection is impossible to achieve. Only the constant search for excellence allows us to approach it ».

    Black and white is the basis of photography. Since I developed my activity as an artist photographer of nature, I have realized the importance of this technique and its impact.

    Black and white, because it is very difficult to master, allows you to approach perfection in photography.

    In black and white, framing and composition errors are immediately visible. The color is much more flexible : the errors are less visible.

    Reminder on the Definition of a Photograph

    To Continue Next Friday. Do not forget to come back.

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    “ Natural Wonders of Semien Mountains in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints 

    Landscape photo in black and white of the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
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    “ Natural Wonders of Antelope Island in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints 

    Landscape photo in black and white of Antelope Island in Utah under a storm. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
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    “Wildlife Wonders of Yellowstone in Black and White" – Collection of Fine Art Prints

    Pronghorn in the snow in Yellowstone in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.
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