Bright sunny days will be few and far between, while overcast, cloudy days are upon us (its that time of the year again). Many digital photographers actually prefer to shoot images for black and white in low contrast situations so a dark or overcast day can be a great time to shoot out door shots. We’re taking our composition exercises a step further by composing in black and white.
We’ll meet at the Lamma Ferry pier (Pier 4) at 3:45pm and take the 4:00pm ferry, on Sunday. Our exercise is to shoot the sunset (if we can see it) in B&W. There are also lots of other things to shoot in Lamma.
Some tips in B&W shooting:
1. Most digital cameras have a setting for shooting B&W, try this and see if you like it. The disadvantage of this technique is you have little flexibility in post-processing.
2. You can also shoot in colour and convert it to B&W in post processing. Here you have two options:
* You can shoot in JPEG then use Picasa (free download) or iphoto (free download) to convert to B&W. You can also adjust contrast, saturation, clarity, etc using Picasa or Iphoto before converting to B&W. If you’re new to B&W photography I would recommend this technique
* You can also shoot in raw (most experience photographers do this) which gives more flexibility in editing your image. For this you need Photoshop and some editing skills
3. Shoot with the lowest ISO possible. While this is something that most of us do in color photography it is particularly important when it comes to B&W where noise created by ISO can become even more obvious.
4. Review your colour tones. Remember pastel colours tend to form lighter shades while more intense colours will form darker shares in B&W
5. Remember rule of thirds, balancing, cropping, leading lines, etc