Learning black and white photography is a must for every photographer, images produced in black and white tells a deeper meaning and portrait of your subjects. Here are some of the proper and helpful techniques to improve your black and white photography skills.
For those who still want to use black and white films instead of digital cameras, the best film recommended by professionals is the Kodak Black and White 400 iso film. It’s specifically designed for black and white photographs. Another film is the Kodak Professional Max 400 film. These films make up for a more deeper and dramatic black and white portraits.
Black and white photography is ideal for scenes that are already bland; by removing the colors it will produce a much interesting image or landscape with possibly creating a nostalgia effect of the old era. Black and white images convey sentimental, classic and sort of antique feelings that colored photographs cannot express.
For digital camera users one can easily set their digital cameras on the black and white mode or also use the sepia mode. Further customization on the computer is possible by tinkering with the different aspect of your photograph, doing this can produce a more stunning black and white image. Try adjusting the levels of contrast and brightness settings or tinkering the background by darkening it. There are a lot of ways of making a great black and white photograph in your photo software in the computer, just learn to experiment with the different results.
Learning a great lighting technique for black and white photography helps in producing great results. Imagine a setting that shows an old house with a white picket fence on the foreground. Shooting it on a foggy or cloud overcast day will produce a romantic and soft landscape. While taking a picture of it on a sunny day with the sun on the horizon hovering low the picture’s expression will be totally different as the shadows on the white picket fence will be much darker. It is advisable to learn to take black and white photographs on different time of the day to produce and compare the best rendition for the black and white photograph.
Most black and white photography enthusiasts as well as digital photographers choose to shoot pictures during the time of the day that paints a much lower contrast settings or situation. An overcast of dark day offers a great opportunity to take black and white photographs outdoors. Compared with taking colored photographs, a dark and gloomy day always results in poor lighting effects. Every time you would see an interesting subject in a dark, overcast and gloomy day, it is recommended that you take advantage of that setting and start shooting your black and white photographs.
The composition of your black and white photograph plays a large role as well. You need to be well aware by paying full attention to the highlights, shadows; shapes, textures and tones of your subject and fitting it perfectly in the frame will help you produce the best possible black and white image result.
Keep in mind that taking black and white photographs is as great as taking colored photographs and there are ways to improve one’s technique. By following the mentioned procedures above one is on the right way of creating the perfect black and white photograph.