When I think back to one of the most revolutionary times in my photography journey, the first month I ever challenged myself, with the B&W October Challenge, sounds a very loud gong.
Part of the value stems from that being the beginning of the PhotoChallenge.org idea. However, I really believe that narrowing down my focus to shooting only with black and white in mind as the final shot did a number of things. First, I was forced to conceive how colors would balance in monotone. I also had to “see” how the ultimate overall contrast would balance out. There’s just so much I was forced to do, and I believe that ultimately grew me into a better photographer.
With this year’s upcoming, and relaunching, 2013 PhotoChallenge, I’m considering a personal challenge, on top of the regular themes, of shooting in black and white, all year. There will be times when I cannot stick with it, for personal reasons. However, I think a goal of shooting B&W for all my artistically motivated shooting will result in great growth.
And who doesn’t love growth!? Unless you’re talking about your midsection. 😦