IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • Explore the meaning of value through black-and-white photography
  • Take a "photo walk"
  • Make several photo portraits
  • Make a three-layered stencil image

Light defines objects and literally enables us to see things. Values can be better understood when they are visualized as a scale or gradient. Different values can be created by lightening or darkening hue. High contrast imagery has few tonal values between black and white. Low contrast has a lot of grey tones in between the darkest black and brightest white. This video explores value through black-and-white photography.


The camera for an artist is just another tool. It is no more mechanical than a violin if you analyze it. Beyond the rudiments, it is up to the artist to create art, not the camera.
—Brett Weston

Brett Weston, Century Plant, California