From Color to Black and White
Going from color to black and white is not as hard as you think, with this in mind make your that your keep these key points in mind while taking landscaping photos. For starters always shoot in color and shoot in RAW. If your shoot in black and white and in the end your end up not liking the outcome of that photo, your’ve missed out on the option of color. Keep in mind some pictures will look better in full color. Shooting in color give your the flexibility to have it both ways.
Before You Shoot: Visualize
It’s always a good habit when composing an image to visualize what your shot will look like in black and white. Keep notes of the lines and shapes as well as the shadows or contrast. These three things can make or break a black and white composition since they are the key factors that will attract your viewers eyes. Textures and patterns will also be an eye catcher in black and white landscapes, since your don’t have that color to give your that pop.
You want to keep in mind the other compositional techniques that your can impose since there is no color in black and white. Think of it in terms of tomes (shade of gray). You want to incorporate some contrast, bright whites, dark blacks and a range of grays for the most powerful landscapes.
Good Lighting is KEY
Lighting is Key! Light can drastically increase the quality of a photo. Pay attention to the sky and cloud patterns. Clear skies, are my last choice, cloudy skies are more dramatic and turn out better as where clear skies leave the image needing something more.
Not An Afterthought
Often times we see a photo and don’t like it in color so we try our hand at black and white, more than not we don’t consider the fact that it might not always work. We are hopeful that it will be this amazing photo and then it’s not. Rather than approaching this conversion as a way to fix the color problem we should start by composing with the intent to convert to black and white. No doubt your skills will improve if your hit it with a different mindset rather than an after thought.
Luckily for us
Our for fathers like Ansel Adams, set the standard for black and white landscape photography by creating an appeal to the medium which has managed to service the digital revolution still holding the hearts of many. Thought the interest in black and white photography has somewhat eased over the years, it has withheld the test of time and become a classic technique, still widely used today.