9 creative photo ideas to try in September

9 creative photo ideas to try in September 2013

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 09 Shoot a black and white landscape

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 09 Shoot a black and white landscape

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Why not explore the art of black and white photography this month?

The choice of landscape – whether rural, mountainous or coastal – is up to you, but remember to think about how effectively the shot will work without colour.

Simply selecting the Grayscale option in Photoshop won’t cut it. See how creative you can be with the conversion, whether that’s subtly separating the tones, exaggerating the contrast with Curves, or using Dodging and Burning to draw attention to a focal point.

You can also add toning effects, grain and borders too, although make sure they’re done tastefully!

And don’t forget to put most of your effort into getting a knockout shot to begin with – a strong black and white treatment won’t be enough to rescue a poorly composed picture.

Get started today…
* Shoot in raw format, as this will give you maximum flexibility over the editing process.
* Although you’re shooting in raw, choose the monochrome picture style on your camera – this will give you a black and white preview on the rear screen, even though the file you’ve recorded is in colour.
* Use a graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the exposure of bright skies with darker foregrounds.

Creative Photo Ideas for September: 01 Shoot hot air balloons
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 02 Shoot common household objects
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 03 Shoot amazing skies with a polarising filter
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 04 Shoot a city as a ghost town
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 05 Shoot a summer storm
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 06 Shoot long and short exposures – and blend them
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 07 Shoot a portrait that plays with perspective
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 08 Shoot a late summer scene
Creative Photo Ideas for September: 09 Shoot a black and white landscape

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