Black & White Wedding Photographs
One of the great advantages of the digital revolution is that whilst in the past it was necessary to use separate black & white film at the picture taking stage, it is now possible to produce wonderful black & white prints even from colour originals.
Unfortunately this has also seen a proliferation of poor technique whereby too many photographers just desaturate their colour photographs and leave a disappointing muddy mess, not helped by just sending their prints though the normal colour print process.
Most of the weddings that I photograph produce quite a few images which really cry out for good black & white treatment for the album. Here I always spend quite a bit of time on each individual image, carefully adjusting various aspects of the image to give the most attractive results.
I then carefully print them myself, not in the darkroom, but on a dedicated 24″ x 16″ printer. Prints are then treated with a lacquer to give them a uniform finish, protecting them from moisture and ensuring that they are capable of outlasting even traditional prints.
All this is time consuming, but I really think that the results are well worth the extra effort.