Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Lost Art Of Shooting Black-And-White
Discover the secrets of classic B&W master photographers and see how you can apply their methods to working with your DSLR
If you remember nothing else about black-and-white photography, remember this—it's not about the removal of color. Black-and-white requires its own way of seeing, and you learn that seeing from shooting in black-and-white, not from using software.
All photographers should take time to shoot in black-and-white. I've seen how it makes photographers better, and it can energize you because it pushes you to find new ways of taking pictures. I often take time to shoot just in black-and-white to refine my photography and break up patterns that may keep me from being my best.
All advanced digital cameras will allow you to shoot in black-and-white, but there's a trick to doing this that will give you more control and help you learn more easily. Shoot RAW + JPEG. This gives you a black-and-white JPEG image and a color RAW file. Everything you shoot will now appear as black-and-white on your LCD, so you can actually see and control the black-and-white image as you shoot.
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