Black and White Photography

Taking black and white pictures are fairly easy just like colored pictures. Your digital camera will have many settings to accommodate you in getting a good image. For that reason, you will need to adjust your camera until you get a breathtaking picture just like you do when taking color pictures. If you are concerned because your camera is not equipped to take black and white pictures, don’t be it’s easy to convert your images. As a result, you can get extraordinary images by using your photo editing software tools to acquire maximum results. If you have taken colored pictures, you will already know that light has a lot to do with your pictures outcome.

Composing contrast, shape, and form

The first thing that you should do before shooting any picture is looking for the best possible place. Things you should be looking for, are impressive angles and straight lines, structures that are made by man are great for this kind of shot. Although, for more natural shapes try working with plants, rocks or shrubbery.

One thing to remember is that it is necessary to keep your composition solid for it to work. However, one of the main essential aspects of black and white photography is that your entire composition depends on contrast. Keeping that in mind, you should look for subjects that present simple, strong lines and shape. Frequently, shadows are what defines the shape and form of your photograph. As a result, you should pay more attention to areas of darkness, as well as light. Having simple shapes and a strong composition practically guarantee outstanding black and white pictures. Although, you may have some pictures that require you to take them in color due to the contrast of the colors. Unfortunately, some images that count on contrasting colors, like a purple flower growing out of the green lawn, in general, are not good in black and white, because the two colors will appear alike in tone when converted.

Difference between RAW and JPEG

A Raw image holds a small amount of processed data from the camera. The pictures, therefore, are not processed and ready for print. Therefore, you will need to process and create your image by using the digital negative you generated by using RAW. The developing process using these negatives usually doesn’t take very long to give you an outstanding picture. Additionally, you will find there are some pros and cons when using RAW for black and white images. When using RAW, you can control your initial image by easily correcting your mistakes and with no compression or data lost. There are a few disadvantages that you may have like a bigger file taking up data space as well as being required to use an editing program to develop your image.

JPEG is very simple to work with; you don’t even need an editing program on your computer to view your images. Additionally, it will take more time to fill up your memory card or hard drive but yet giving you very little control over color, tone or clarity. JPEG compresses your data given you limitation over editing your final image yet you can easily upload your picture to share with sites like Facebook. Most photographers use both RAW and JPEG when taking pictures depending on what they are photographing will depend on, which one they choose.

With all that I have recently shared with you, I still feel it is important to leave you with one more significant aspect for you to take into account always plan in advance before taking any of your pictures.