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Shooting in Black and White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is just something about a black and white picture. The color scheme seems to make everything about the photo classier, chicer and generally more special. But did you know there are certain steps you can take to specifically improve your black and white photography skills? If you want to know just how to capture the best black and white photograph you can produce, follow our tips on how to optimize your outcome and end up with an image you can be proud of.

 

Visualize in black and white

Take a second to think about your shot. Now think about it in the black and white color scheme. What do you see? You should notice how shadows, shapes and lines truly constitute a great black and white image and you should therefore shoot with this in mind. Just because you are shooting in color does not mean you cannot visualize the optimal end product.

 

Seek out contrast

Just as you should be visualizing your shot in shadows, shapes and lines, you should also visualize and choose your shot based on contrast. Contrast will often make a black and white photo more dramatic and engaging. Moreover, if you seek out contrast you will surely be able to notice the shadows, shapes and lines that make all the difference in a good black and white visual. It is important to remember your best black and white photo is not just about Photoshop edits or affects, but about how you set it up.

 

Make sure to incorporate gray and texture

It may be called a “black and white’ photograph, but a good black and white shot is nothing without a good amount and assortment of gray tones and textures. To create a visually diverse and engaging image, you cannot just rely on the stark contrast between black and white. Instead, you need to be sure to have layers of elements that will enhance your visual.

 

Grab your camera and go

You can read all the tips in the world on how to take the perfect shot but when it comes down to capturing it, you need to just grab your camera and get to shooting. Find what interests you and captivates your imagination—this is what will truly produce your best work.

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Own The Process: Why in-house printing is integral to owning the process

It’s no secret that printing can be quite pricey, which is why many photographers turn to third parties to process prints. For many photographers—both amateur and professional, the thought of dropping major money on an at-home printer is a daunting option, and therefore many end up continuing to send their work off to printing centers instead.

But did you know that in house printing is an absolutely integral element in owning the process? First of all, owning the process essentially refers to retaining your creative control and direction over the entire process—from the moment you snap a picture until the moment you grab it hot off the printing tray.

When you send off your work—work that you have more than likely spent hours sifting through and editing—to an out of house printer, you no longer totally own the process. Basically, you lose the critical time in which the prints are electronically sent over and formatted for print. You do not get to make sure everything is exactly how you intended for it to be, and you do not even get make sure you actually like the finished product.

For these reasons, in house printing is the production method you need to be following. After all, you took the shot and did all of the hard work that comes with getting that perfect snap so why would you hand over your perfect bundle to someone else to physically produce?

If the cost is still a deterrent for you, you should know that investing in an at-home printer will actually be way less expensive in the long run. Sure, it hurts a little bit when you have to front a large amount of capital for a machine, but when you do the research, it quickly becomes clear how in house printing is far superior than any other option—both financially and creatively speaking.

So if you, as a photographer of any level, want to completely own your process from start to finish, and to have total creative direction in order to make your vision come to life, you absolutely have to begin in house printing.