Ever wondered what it's like to see the world in black and white? For London-based family portrait photographer and Canon Ambassador Helen Bartlett, it's her style of choice. Helen has made monochrome her trademark since beginning her business in 2003, working with depths of light and shadow as they fall upon the faces and scenes in front of her.
During her downtime in England's Covid-19 lockdowns, however, Helen swapped family portraiture for experimenting with black and white nature photography, while on walks near her North London home. She shares her resulting images, which are a blend of hidden textures, backlit leaves, dewy cobwebs and dramatic woodland silhouettes, on her Instagram Highlights under the name 'Off Duty'. The majority of them were captured on her Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III.
Shooting with a compact camera has helped Helen to develop her style and also encouraged her to play around with new techniques. Here, she explains how the process evolved, and offers advice on how to capture your own stunning nature shots in black and white.