There is something about black and white photography that is timeless! For a long time digital prints just couldn’t stack up against traditional dark room processing. However, modern image editing has improved. There are many ways, with today’s technology, to successfully capture beautiful black and white images. I’ll cover a few simple ways to get you started.
Most digital cameras will allow you to set the color profile to monochrome (MC). Any camera that has an electric view finder (EVF) will allow you to actually shoot and compose your images in MC. Traditional DSLR cameras will allow you to shoot in MC if you have a live view feature. As a note; if you shoot in RAW, your files will still transfer as color. If you choose to use colored filters, do not be alarmed, as it is an easy B&W conversion away from what what’s expected.
You can literally shoot any subject in B&W. Below are a few samples.
Black and white imagery can be used for effect. It can make a bold and powerful statement.
Known for its gritty and raw nature, or to provide a dreamy; etheric look. B&W can also be used as a great training tool. It teaches you to be a better photographer all around. You will be more focused on compositional elements in your photography because you will not be distracted by the colors. You will also begin to notice certain textures and how the light is hitting your subject.
Post processing is easier than ever today. Adobe Lightroom CC is a very easy to use and very effective. With the click of a mouse you can turn any color image into a black and white image. Don’t stop there, with a tweak to the contrast, clarity, and exposure, you can really make beautiful and dynamic images. A favorite plug-in of mine is Silver Effects by Nik Software. There are over 20 presets provided by the software and each one is fully adjustable, allowing you to get exactly what you are looking for.
Digital black and whites can take your photography to the next level. If you have any questions, or would like to see a class on B&W Imaging please contact us! I can be found at the Superstore, and would love to answer your questions face to face.
Assistant Manager at the Creve Coeur Superstore