For many years, the fashion in photography was the color. The traditional black and white techniques of taking pictures were all but forgotten. Do not be afraid to experiment with subjects, lighting conditions, tones, textures and composition.
Actually to have photos processed in the standard format it is quite expensive if you want them in black and white instead of color. With digital photography, this is quite easily accomplished with detail. You can almost instantly change those color photos to black and white. There is no need to wash the color out of the photo or to switch film. This is what gives it so much fun. Although it is becoming more favored, it is not something many amateur photographers are NOT experimenting with. Many have digital software that gives them the capability to do this. The following tips will enable you to take better black-and-white photos
Composition- availability of the feature in your camera- do not focus all your attention the subject- use shades to create your contrast- lighting
- Think About Composition. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rules of composition are same to all photographs. However, there is one obvious difference to bear in mind, and that is that in monochrome pictures, you cannot use color to lead the viewer’s eye.
- Your camera may have the feature of allowing you to convert your picture to black and white right there for you. This is a great feature because if it is not quite what you want but has some potential, then you can retake the shot right there and make your adjustments.
- When taking your shot try not to focus all your attention on the subject. See what the camera sees, which is everything that is in the frame. Some cameras have the feature of switching to the black and white mode before the picture is taken. This is good because you can see what you are going to get.
- Learn to pay attention to what the viewfinder is indicating to you about light. It will also guide you as to whether you or the subject needs to move to make the most of the shot.
- Instead of using color for contrast, you are going to be using shades to create your contrast. Once thing you do not want is a blurred black and white photo. The image must be sharp to make the best of the contrast.
- Lighting is critical in getting the right contrast. Colors are distinguishable; in black and white, you do not have this advantage. The quickest way to master your techniques with lighting is by trial and error. Meaning practice and more practice.
- It is nice to see the diversity in a photo that has been taken in color and then changed to black and white. Often people are so impressed with the black and white they will end up using that one for their project. We can all thank the wonderful world of technology for allowing us the benefits of capturing the moment, in our choice of color or black and white