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Composition exercises: Black and White photography

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

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  • Alex Tin (.

    Hey!
    Any time this will be done again?
    So sad i missed it!

    November 5, 2012

    • Bani C.

      We'll have another exercise in B&W soon!

      1 · November 6, 2012

  • Sarah C.

    okay, I get it. Thank you very much!

    November 4, 2012

  • Sarah C.

    Bani, you took very nice photos. How to make the water waves like that in camera?

    November 4, 2012

    • Bani C.

      You mean the LP (long exposure), for that you need a ND (neutral density) filter and very slow shutter speed, usually its done in BULB mode. Please check if your camera has this setting.

      November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Thanks all for a great meetup!

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Sorry I meant 3:45pm not 4:15pm

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    It's 4:15pm we're boarding pls get on d ferry quickly meet us on d other side

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Randall r u with d red bag

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    R u w/ d red bag

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Pier 4 to lamma

    November 4, 2012

  • Sarah C.

    Hi, where are you?

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Pls go to Yung Shue Wan entrance. I'm in front of d refreshment stand

    November 4, 2012

  • Derek L.

    i've RSVPed yes in the hope I can make it :)

    November 2, 2012

    • Derek L.

      Hi Bani, my schedule is looking pretty right for tomorrow. Quite unlikely I can make it :(

      November 3, 2012

    • Bani C.

      No worries Derek. Next time.

      November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    My telno is[masked]

    November 4, 2012

  • Bani C.

    See you all tmrw!

    November 3, 2012

  • Bani C.

    Oh, please bring your tripods.
    Also, there is a way to shoot both in JPEG and RAW at the same time. Go to menu, then file format, and set it to RAW plus (DNG+). But be sure to have a huge memory card when you do this.

    November 1, 2012

  • Bani C.

    No worries Randall, Marlon. See you!

    November 1, 2012

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