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    Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish

    | B&W | Photography Tips | 05/11/2012 02:00am
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    Good subjects for black and white photography

    Good subjects for black and white photography

    Your local town or city is a great place to start experimenting with black and white photography, as there will be plenty of subjects – from the varying shapes and patterns of the buildings, to graphic details and wider street scenes.

    The aim is really just to get yourself used to finding scenes and subjects that work in black and white, rather than colour.

    While there aren’t any rules about what to shoot, there are certain elements and subjects that work perfectly. Just keep an eye out for tones and contrast, rather than colours.

    Stuck for ideas? Here are some of the things to look out for when shooting in black and white.

    Try capturing textures in your black and white photography

    All images by Chris Rutter

    1 Graphic shapes and contrast
    Simple and graphic shapes are always very effective subjects for black-and-white images. You should look out for high-contrast subjects, which contain strong blacks and bright highlights that will provide maximum impact.

    2 Detail and texture
    Both of these elements can produce subtle images that maintain the viewer’s interest. Soft, diffuse light in shady or cloudy conditions will allow you to capture the maximum amount of detail in the subject, while harsh, high-contrast light (such as direct sunlight) will reveal more texture.

    How to compose black and white photos

    3 Simple and strong composition
    As there are no colours to help add impact, black and white photography is often more successful if you use simple compositional elements such as leading lines or foreground objects in your images. Also look out for scenes with a strong focal point, but remember that its impact will rely on contrast, rather than colour.

    PAGE 1: How to compose for black and white photography
    PAGE 2: Good subjects for black and white photography
    PAGE 3: Try using in-camera filters for your black and white photography
    PAGE 4: Shooting images you can easily convert to black and white
    PAGE 5: Black and white conversion in Photoshop Elements
    PAGE 6: Black and white conversion in Photoshop CS
    PAGE 7: Master Photoshop Levels and Curves
    PAGE 8: Using the Levels sliders
    PAGE 9: Master the Dodge and Burn tools
    PAGE 10: Toning techniques for black and white photography

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    Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 2:00 am under B&W, Photography Tips.

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