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    Smile Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    Hi,

    I'm very much intrigue by black and white photos and i want to know pointers or advise to bare in mind when attempting them.
    From portraits to landscapes.
    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! ^_^

    Can someone also advise me on how to add pictures to a thread?

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    1) black and white is not some way to pretend that an image is art, when it is not.

    2) black and white should render the picture better than it is in colour, otherwise you are misusing the tool.

    3) some pictures can work well in both black and white and colour.

    4) try to think of tones, and light, when you are shooting black and white.

    5) conversion is everything, if you're shooting digital:
    - desaturate is silly
    - using in-cam black and white modes that aren't highly customisable is silly

    as for how to add, read these:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462896
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiakiOguro View Post
    Hi,

    I'm very much intrigue by black and white photos and i want to know pointers or advise to bare in mind when attempting them.
    From portraits to landscapes.
    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! ^_^

    Can someone also advise me on how to add pictures to a thread?
    There are so many shades between black and white that picking the right tone is itself an art.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    always shoot in color first? thats a good trick

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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    always shoot in color first? thats a good trick
    Actually that is the best way.

    Then you control the luminance of each color channel to get your final result.

    *removed the film comment*
    Last edited by daredevil123; 4th August 2010 at 04:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    First of all. Look at the image in terms of tones.

    You'd need contrasty tones to get the image to stand out. Next up, consider using certain coloured filters to increase the tonal differences.

    Read up on it for more info, i.e. green, yellow and red coloured filters can change how an image looks. You can also do this in post processing to increase more punch.
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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    Also try to ask yourself why you want to the photo to be in B&W...

    some do it to remove the distractions of too many colors, so as to draw the attention to the subject.. this is sometimes done in architectural photography and such..

    some do it because the colors are dull and it actually looks better without the color..

    some do it becos it expresses the feelings or the emotions of the subject or the place.. so as to paint a better picture to the viewer..

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    Why not just use an old film cam, some Tri-X or Neo-pan? =D Shoot RAW and adjust in PS or lightroom. Just go out and shoot, rinse and repeat.

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    Nice link, thanks for sharing this!

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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiakiOguro View Post
    Hi,

    I'm very much intrigue by black and white photos and i want to know pointers or advise to bare in mind when attempting them.
    From portraits to landscapes.
    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! ^_^

    Can someone also advise me on how to add pictures to a thread?
    For B&W photos, you are thinking of taking film or digital.
    The tricks are somehow quite different.

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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    For B&W photos, you are thinking of taking film or digital.
    The tricks are somehow quite different.
    I find night86mare's post more informative, but yours the most intriguing. So, what makes taking a film or digital photo different?

    What are the different tricks to it?

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    Default Re: Any Tips on taking Black and White photos?

    I would say 'Just play with it'. Learn through experence.

    You learn more through experiences, not by sticking to rules. Or course, reading relevant articles & looking at others' photos can help you as well.

    And, whether a photo is "arts" or not, that's very subjective.

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