Sunday, May 21, 2017

Black and White Photography Tips


Some pictures can look good in color.... and also in black and white.  I like this old schoolhouse in color, but I thought it might also do well in black and white.... so I turned it to black and white, added a bit more shadow and put a small bit of vignette around it.  I like it. 

This can work also if you want to make a picture look older.... or if you just like the black and white.



 TIP- A picture with lights and darks in it may work well as a black and white picture. Experiment and see if you like it.... remember to make a copy of the picture first by pushing "file" at the top of the page and also "save a copy" so that you can save the original.




 This was a foggy day at the cemetery. I liked this picture, but I think I like the black and white even better.





















 This path looks interesting... and we did enjoy walking it....  What about in black and white?  Yes, this one works too.



 TIP- Adding a light colored vignette to the outside of the black and white picture can add greatly to the changes. It also aims the focus of the viewer toward the path. 
































Another path with really tall trees and the older gentleman walking on the path. Seems like a good possibility for black and white.

















Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a picture look so very different. I really like color pictures, but sometimes a black and white looks very interesting and can even pull out details it is easy to miss with color.




I love this picture in color... this was a special romantic hairstyle and lace dress for my daughter. 
 A Romantic Hairstyle and Lace Dress

The pale pink of the dress is so feminine and pretty. Still, I thought I would try black and white... 
I do like both of them... for different reasons. 

I hope you are enjoying photography..... and experimenting.... and learning as you have fun.  :) 

   Thank you for visiting... I hope you have a great week!




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38 comments:

  1. good tips. I am learning to observe more in B&W. fog at the cemetery is specially expressive in B&W.

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    1. I love color and at first had a hard time appreciating black and white photos as much as I do now. I thought the fog at the cemetery was better in b and w... I like how you put it... "specially expressive". Thank you.

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  2. Very good tips and nicely illustrated with your examples. I must try more of the same.

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    1. Thank you... I had hoped these would illustrate the point... it is good to experiment. :)

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  3. I appreciate black and white, but since I crave colour in my life, I seem to always prefer it in my photos. But, there are exceptions, depending on mood, texture, etc. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics!

    Poppy

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    1. I also crave and love color, so it took me a while to come to appreciate the depth of feeling that can show up in a B & W, but sometimes it really does bring something special out. Thank you for your comment and for visiting. :)

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  4. Quite often Black & White adds a dimension the the image that color just can't match. Nice work.

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    1. A few years ago, I may have ignorantly disagreed with you since I like color so much, but you are right... it really can strip the distractions from the photo and allow the real thing to show. Thank you for your comment and for visiting.

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  5. I love black and white and I was going to do my photos for our bedroom in black and white. They were all taken on Siesta Key and the one with the fog actually didn't look good. It was shot with a lifeguard station and the fog behind it, but there wasn't much else and looked blah. Yours are spectacular.

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    1. Your photo sounds like it could have potential... even if cropped a bit and more "fog" added in vignette form in b & w. Sounds like you were at a beautiful place. :) Thank you for visiting... enjoyed your comment.

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  6. Excellent tips on black and white pictures. I especially like the black and white church is my favorite, I love how the clouds add mood to the picture :) Really great pictures!

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    1. Thank you... I thought the clouds added to that picture also... and I am finding it fun to see what "pops out" when changing a picture from color to b & w. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  7. Wow! Nice way you make the photos to B & W photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you... it does change them, but sometimes in a great way. :) Thank you for visiting.

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    1. Thank you... I appreciate your visit!

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    1. Thank you so much... I love your comment! :)

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  10. I love the lace dress and the way you contrast it with black and white. Good job. Thanks for stopping by anointedtoday.blogspot.com.😀😀

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    1. I liked that picture too... it gave it a historical look.. Thank you. :)

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  11. nice set of photos and edits. :)

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  12. I'm a big b&w fan, and always agonize over which version (color vs. b&w) I like better. I REALLY like the foggy cemetery shot in b&w. Well done!!

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    1. Love your comment! Some photos appeal more strongly to me in color, but there are many that I face the same dilemma.. whether I like the color or b & w best. For some reason, that foggy cemetery really did look better in b & w. Thank you.

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  13. Wow, I love the difference of the mood and feeling that black and white makes in all these pictures. I never thought to try it but now I want to. That foggy picture is fabulous!

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    1. The color or lack of really does make a difference in some photos more than others... I am still learning on this... it is fun to experiment on it... I hope you enjoy doing it also. :)

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  14. I love reading your photography tips! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thank you... so nice to hear that! Thank you for visiting. :)

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  15. The b&w adds extra drama to these great photos! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I sure was interesting in seeing the differences too.... thank you for visiting. :)

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  16. Going black and white really gives atmosphere to photographs. It's like going back in time.

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