5 Black and White Photography Tips
Continuing the black and white photography topic we were in the latest forum assignment (where the pictures depicted in this post were presented) recently that I thought I'd share five pretty random black and white photography tips.
Black and White Photography Tips
1. Shoot in RAW
I know that many DPS readers can't shoot in RAW (because their camera doesn't offer it) or don't shoot in RAW (because they either don't know how or don't like it) but most of all control In the post production phase of converting your color images to black and white ones - you want to shoot in RAW if your camera allows it. Of course shooting in JPEG does not prevent you from shooting in black and white - but if this is an option, give it to RAW, you might be surprised to learn that it offers you in post production.
2. Shoot in Color
If your camera does not allow you to shoot in RAW (or you choose not to) - shoot in color and later convert to black and white on your computer.
While most digital cameras provide you with the option to shoot in black and white (and some may give reasonable results) if you have color data on your computer to work with in your conversion, you can have more control over your final results Can keep
Update: There is an exception to shooting in color and this is when you are paying attention to point 1 above (shooting in RAW). When shooting in RAW and switched to black and white mode you see your results in LCD and black but the camera actually records all the information (including color) - the best of both worlds. But if you are shooting in JPEG - shoot in color and do the conversion later. Thanks to Jost (in the comments) for the reminder to include this.
3. Low ISO
Shoot with the lowest possible ISO. While this is something that most of us do in color photography this is especially important when it comes to black and white where the noise produced by ISO can be more pronounced. If you're after this 'noise' (or grain) you can add it to your post production later - but it's hard to go the other way and make noise.
4. When to Shoot
Many digital photographers actually like to shoot images for black and white in low contrast situations. So a dark or overcast day can be a great time to shoot out-of-door shots.
Ironically, those are the days that only shoot in color, complaining of 'poor lighting' in the house. So next time you find yourself with a dark and gloomy day - shoot some black and white shots.
Most of the general tips on how to write or frame a good shot apply to black and white photography, as they do when shooting in color - although the main obvious difference is that you want the color to lead the eye Unable to use or surround your shot. This means that you need to train yourself to see shape, tone, and texture as points of interest in your frame. Pay particular attention to the shadows and highlights that will become a feature of your shot.