From the very moment I fell head over heels in love with the work of photographer, Ansel Adams, I knew that black & white photography would be a passion of mine. There is just something about a good black and white photo that jumps out at me and begs to be hanging on my wall!
Since I tend to challenge the I Love Photography group to the very things I want to someday excel at, I thought maybe this would be the perfect time for a black & white photography challenge. What do you think? Are you up to it?
Although it is certainly fun to share our photos we tend to get even more out of it by also sharing ideas, tips, and related resources. I love learning new things!
Share your favorite black and white photos (that you have taken) over in the photography group as we have always done, but add your questions and tips as a reply to this post so that we can keep the information all together in one spot.
Black & White Photography Tips From Our Members
I hope you enjoy these pictures and personal tips from I love Photography members!
I enjoy taking black and white images on a cloudy sunrise morning when there is an abundance of fog and mist which I find will enhance the image with proper camera settings. Finding just the right spot where some of the sun rays shine through the fog on surrounding objects will greatly enhance the image. Many complain about poor lighting on a day such as this, but I find a great deal of drama with it.
I always use an ISO setting of 100, camera sitting on a tripod and usually in Manual Mode. I normally use aperture but I need to adjust all of my settings to bring out the beauty in front of my lens. Just look at your surroundings whether it is an old bridge, buildings, a lake or even people. You can create some magic with this type of setting. While doing this it helps a great deal to pay attention to the abundance of shadows and highlights surrounding you since this is going to enhance your image.– Gary Smith, travelsinphotography.com
Just feel the mood. There no hard and fast rule to be honest just trying convey how you feel about the scene you are projecting. David Bailey summed it up best when he explained that the reason B&W works so well is that the mind has to work harder to determine what is going on. Whereas in colour all the work is done…– Mark Smith, ArtyFatty Photography
A quick tip as to what makes a good B&W is, well two things actually (well more than two, but I’d be rambling again), first does it have a wide tonal range from bright whites to dark blacks with intricate patterns & shapes, and second, when you do a quick “remove color” to see how it’ll look in B&W, does it just grab you, and make you go Whoa?! If yes, then continue to work on it in B&W. If either one of these come back as no, then turn the color back on and work it some more in color, or move on to another image you’d like to try in B&W. As there are many times when I’m just in a B&W mood and will search my library for that next image to grab me, screaming to be in B&W.– Tony D. Locke, Tony Locke Photography
Now that we have all been inspired by these stunningly beautiful pictures, let’s start playing and see what we can do. Remember, we are all still learning. That is what these challenges are all about.
Make sure to reply to this post with your questions, ideas, inspiration and tips for black and white photography! Our interaction with each other will make such a difference in our learning curve!
P.S I added this video that may help you learn to convert images to black and white. Keep in mind this is just ONE way of doing it. Everyone has their own preferences.