Black and white images
In honour of our new Black and White Photography Workshop that will be starting later this month, our How To for March offers a few tips for capturing that perfect black and white shot.
So firstly, why choose black and white in the first place? There is a reason that despite many years of changing tastes and technologies black and white photography is still incredibly popular; people are drawn to the style, simplicity and honesty of the images, while photographers use the medium to emphasise the textures and the form of a subject.
Our first tip is simply to get stuck in. Just like anything else shooting in black and white requires a great deal of practice to hone your skills and your eye. Plan a number of shoots, or perhaps even a photography trip, and shoot exclusively in black and white. You’ll soon find that you are starting to see the world through the eyes of a black and white photograph.
Secondly, adjust to thinking in terms of light and dark rather than in contrasts of colour. It is important to remember that different colours may appear practically the same in a black and white image, so you will need to compose your image by making greater use of light and paying close attention to shadows. Once you have mastered this technique then fantastic images will reveal themselves to you.
Our third tip relates to the post production or editing of your images and it is this: keep it simple! Oddly, as we all see in colour, great black and white images tend to portray a strong sense of realism, so if you want to create classic black and white photographs then you will need to keep manipulation to a minimum.
If you would like to learn more about capturing stunning black and white images from our experienced photography professionals then please click HERE to learn about our exclusive new course based in London which is starting on the 30th of March.