Posted: 19 Oct 2009 07:38 AM PDT
Monochrome photographs are timeless, especially black and white photographs. They enhance emotional substance and have a disposition of making photos look more artistic.
They can be used on many different scenes as it's not required to think about all the colors that should look good together and match the amount of light available. And for those who love to play with color, black and white photography doesn't necessarily need to be boring as there are so many different shades to choose from.
Gray scale is a spectrum of black and white which evolves into shades and different depths of gray. So when we speak of gray scale we speak of how we measure tones of gray. Here are five tips you might need to know when it comes to Black & White Photography.
1. Use RAW
If you have the opportunity to use RAW, do it! It will open up many new possibilities and give you more control of the image's appearance.
The negative aspect of RAW files is that it needs to be processed later. If you use RAW files, your computer, rather than your camera will process the records and generate a picture file from it. You can for instance use Adobe Photoshop to process the images.
If you don't have that function on your camera, then don't worry, carry on reading and you'll see that there are plenty of other ways to get great black and white photographs.
2. Pattern and Texture
Rich textures and detailed sceneries will help your photograph become comprehensible and exciting.
Patterns are lucky in black and white photographs as colors aren't taking the attention from them. So if you want to take a shoot where you'd like to emphasize on the patterns, then choose black and white tones instead of color.
With the help of light you can get great contrast. Contrast will bring the tonal differences in your photography as you can't use color. With side lighting, for instance, you'll get longer shadows.
Contrast is important because when there is a distinct contrast, with dark shades and bright light, you'll be able to see things you didn't see before.
In photography, an ISO number is an indication of the sensitivity of the image sensor, where a higher number indicates higher sensitivity. The higher the ISO is the more are the possibilities to take pictures in low light, without the usage of flash.
For black and white photography, use the lowest ISO. When you use high ISO the noise will become more obvious. Noise in photography is like the "grain" in film, where the film doesn't become as smooth as you'd wish. The higher your ISO is, the more unpleasant dots will show in your photo. Therefore shady and dim days are actually great for black and white photographs.
Black and white photography can basically look good in most occasions and circumstances.
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