Guest Post: Thibault Roland – Why Color is Important in B&W Photography
by Alan Winslow – January 2nd, 2019
Today’s guest blog comes from the talented Thibault Roland. Thibault is a black and white fine art photographer from Portland, Oregon. He will be discussing why it is necessary to color calibrate your monitor and printer even if your goal is to produce a black and white print.
Born in France, Thibault is a black and white fine art photographer specializing in long exposure architecture, minimalism and seascapes. He grew up with a love of science, eventually obtaining his Ph.D. in Physics in 2009. His scientific research brought him to work in the United States as a researcher and engineer.
Previously an instructor at the New England School of Photography, Thibault leads workshops and gives presentations in the United States and Europe. Sony supports him through their Artisans of Imagery and Global Imaging Ambassadors programs. His fine art photographs have been shown, published and awarded internationally and are included in public and private collections such as the Boston Athenaeum.
One might wonder why color profiling matters when creating black and white (B&W) images. The
answer is not necessarily evident until you start editing these images and eventually want to print them.
Let me explain. I am a fine art photographer, and 90+% of my
artworks are B&W. Prints are my final product and one of my primary sources of income. I strive to provide my buyers with the highest quality so the photographs can be included in their collections. This means that my entire editing and printing workflow must be highly controlled, repeatable and reliable. I need to be sure that the final image on my screen will be reproduced accurately on the final medium… the paper.
Additionally, most modern digital cameras shoot in color. My camera is no exception, and therefore all of my imagery, is edited in color first, and I will use it as my base layer to build upon. Just like a house, an image needs strong foundations (right color balance and color separation). This groundwork allows me to fully utilize the conversion
techniques and produce a unique and powerful frame.
This is why calibrating both your editing screen and printer is crucial in turning your images into tangible piece of art…
We want to thank Thibault for taking the time to share this quick tip. To see more of his work visit check out his website at thibaultroland.com on twitter @thibaultroland or instagram @thibaultrolandphoto. Be sure to check out his workshop section for all his upcoming seminars and courses.
Finally, to get more information on X-Rite’s color management solutions and more tips and training head over to www.xritephoto.com.