Black and White Photography Tips for Beginner Photographers

  Black and White Photography Tips for Beginner Photographers by Suraj Singh Nowadays, black and white photography is considered old-fashioned, but it surely is awe-inspiring. Although color has become an […]

 

Black and White Photography Tips for Beginner Photographers

by Suraj Singh

Nowadays, black and white photography is considered old-fashioned, but it surely is awe-inspiring. Although color has become an essential part of photography, the charm of a basic black and white picture still remains untouched. Limiting the use of colors can prove beneficial in creating powerful imagery. There are certain photography schools that run special workshops for beginners who want to learn photography. Unique Photo is one such company that offers photography education for beginners through its workshops.

Let’s check out some useful tips that any amateur or beginner photographer can follow to capture good quality black and white images.

RAW images

RAW mode gives photographers more control to change the appearance of a particular image. Since the images captured in this mode need to be processed later, it becomes a bit of a time-consuming process. Instead of the camera, the computer processes the RAW files and generates a picture file from it. The photographer can process the image using Adobe Photoshop.

It is preferable to shoot pictures in RAW as it offers the facility to convert color images into black and white.

Pattern and Texture

In black and white photography, more attention needs to be given to the use of rich textures and detailed sceneries. Such patterns and textures are ideal for enhancing the quality of black and white photos. This is why; most photographers choose black and white tones to emphasize on patterns while shooting images.

Contrast

Contrast plays a major role while clicking photographs, as it can display tonal differences in the images. Great contrast can be achieved with the proper use of light. An ideal example of this would be side lighting, which creates longer shadows. A photographer can change the contrast levels as per his convenience to enhance the quality of an image.

ISO

An ISO number determines the sensitivity of the image sensor, with a higher ISO number indicating higher sensitivity. ISO should be lowest for black and white photography. High ISO creates noise due to which the picture quality would not be very smooth. Also, shady and dim days are ideal for shooting black and white photographs.

Subjects

Shooting a single subject is the most popular choice for black and white photography. So, the gray scale is perfect for portraits wherein the photographer can bring attention to the expression of the subject. Monochrome photographs help in exploring an object or a person in detail by using different graphic elements of an instant camera.

Shoot in Colour

There are certain cameras that dont offer RAW mode. In such a case, photographers can shoot in color and then convert it into black and white tones by using imaging software like Adobe Photoshop. However, there are many kinds of instant cameras and digital cameras that offer the option to shoot black and white photos in RAW mode.

Conclusion

The tips given above can surely help beginners who wish to explore the beauty of black and white photography. A great way to know more about shooting black and white photos would be to attend workshops conducted by photography schools.
An instant camera would be an ideal pick for this kind of photography. Fujifilm instant cameras are also considered the best for black and white photography.

To Sum it all up

Budding photographers need to attend special workshops conducted by photography schools to become perfect in capturing shooting black and white images.

Author Bio:
Suraj is a tech geek, always on the move to know something more about gadgets that re-innovate the world, gadget and gizmos crazy.

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