Black and White Portraits It is true that certain portraits do lend themselves to a great reproduction in Black and White. One that is quite an obvious choice is when the dog or dogs are actually black and white in their true colors. These two were a perfect choice for a black and white rendition of their finished portrait. All my portraits are originally taken in color. When I change them into black and white during post production, there are a number of enhancements I do on the file. I tweak the contrast and density (the lightness and darkness) of the image. I add a combination of red and yellow to give a look that has just a hint of what is referred to as ‘sepia.’ The final adjustment to the file is when I do the exact cropping I want for image and then send it to the photo lab to be printed. Used somewhat sparingly, black and white portraits can really be quite amazing.