Black and white photography is a niche yet to be identified by most photographer in making huge amount of money. Having been inspired by the works of Ansel Adams, James Nachtwey and other masters of black and white photography, it was then I probably tried doing some B&W myself.
But Just before then, I urge you to follow our Step-by-Step guide properly.
If you need to get more customer and make more money from photography.
The big question now is;
Do you also need more Money and Better Shoots like me?
Sure you do but the big problem is.
How do you get to know what most customers desire and satisfy them as well.
Getting the right shoot requires basic knowledge of:
- Exposure Compensation
- White Balance
Before I bag in to giving you this whole idea, you need to take note of some basics of black and white photography
Still a Beginner in Black and White Photography?
No Problems as I would be walking you all through.
You are going to Cover:
- What Black and White Photography Really is
- The Best way to get a proper black and white
- The Easiest way you can get a black and white picture
- More Success as you Practice
My Little Keyword Research Case study
Back then when i wass an amateur in photography I never knew black and photography can be possible even with Camera.
Here is what I do back then, which I believe you may be doing right now.
- Take Snapshot of a Model
- Pay for editing (Black and White)
- Return the job.
Is Black and White Photography Worth it?
Results show that black and white photography is still a vital part of any photographer getting the right shoot.
If you are looking to improve your work, you should start leveraging black and white photography as this is a source of income you never dream of..
Where to Start
Do you love black and white photographs but you don’t know how and where to start, then this guide might help you to get into the world of B&W photography. I must admit that I am no guru when it comes to black and white photography, but I have been experimenting with it lately and would like to share what I have learned so far:
Practice the following steps:
In recent years lots of the current DSLR cameras allow you to switch from color to black and white/monochrome inside camera menu and some of the advanced DSLRs even allow you to pick different types of color filters for better black and white conversion (Nikon DSLRs have a “Monochrome” Picture Control to convert to B&W). Wont it be nice to be able to shoot in B&W from DSLRs directly, since you are stripping the colors from images, you are basically limiting your post-processing options if you shoot in JPEG format. Once colors are converted to B&W, there is no going back. On top of this, in-camera B&W processing is often poorly implemented and the camera gives you no control on how specific colors or regions of the image should be treated.
Therefore, it is best to take pictures in color, then convert them to black and white in post-processing.
If you shoot in RAW, no matter what color profile you apply on your camera, the file will contain all information you possibly need from the camera for successful B&W conversion. If your intent is to shoot in B&W and see the effect on the camera, feel free to set the camera to B&W mode. During the import process, if you use software like Capture NX2, your images will be imported as black and white, although you can change them back to color any time later.
Reseons for shooting in RAW FORMAT:
If you use Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, the images will be imported in color and the black and white settings you used on your camera will be lost. That’s because Adobe products do not have the capability to read the proprietary manufacturer information from RAW files. So shoot in RAW and you will be good to go.
Here is Shoot on my camera (Nikon D40):
- Image Quality/Format: RAW
- RAW Bit Depth: 14-bit (if available)
- ISO Sensitivity: Lowest ISO (base ISO)
- White Balance: Auto
Converting from Colour to Black and White
Do you have a coloured image/ photographs that you want to convert to black and white, there are many ways to skin the cat – from a very simple method of desaturating colors to rather complex methods of applying different shades of gray on particular colors. Let’s go through some of these methods in detail and see the type of results we can get from these different methods.
- Method One (Simple Black and White Conversion)
To me this is the most simplest (and the worst) method of converting color photographs to black and white, is to simply desaturate or “discard” the colors. You can do this pretty much in any image editing software. If you use Lightroom, you can simply go to Develop Module, then click “Black & White” under the “Basic” tab.
If you use Photoshop, you can achieve a similar result by going to “Image”-”Adjustments”-”Desaturate” or press Ctrl+Shift+U on the keyboard and the deed will be done.
The above picture Was taken coloured and converted using method one.
- Method Two (Lightroom Black and White Mix)
The edittng tool called Lightroom has a much better method to convert color images to Black and White besides the method shown above. It is located in Develop Module, under the “Tone Curve” tab. You will find three different selections you can click on and one of them is “B & W”. Once you click on it, the information below will change to “Black & White Mix” with some color selections.
- Method Three (Photoshop Black and White)
The tool named Photoshop has a very similar functionality as Lightroom that allows you to move sliders to control the different shades of gray in black and white images. You can access it through “Image”->”Adjustments”->”Black & White” or by pressing Alt+Shift+Ctrl+B shortcut on your keyboard. Here is the tool:
Most time I prefer using this tool is that it comes with different “Presets” to choose from. Before you move any sliders, I would start off with the presets and see if any of the particular presets looks good on your image. Once you pick a starting point, you can then adjust different colors to brighten/darken certain colors. I recommend experimenting with the tool to get the desired result.
In summary, a point to note is: when it comes to black and white photography, there is no “magic template” or workflow that works for every single picture. While you can have a standard set of settings for color photographs, you cannot apply the same B&W techniques to all photographs, due to different colors and shades of gray in images. In addition, converting color landscapes to B&W is also not the same thing as converting color portraits to B&W. When you work with portraiture, you have to employ different conversion techniques and be more careful with color filters, contrast and structure settings.
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Let me end with the words of Ansel Adams by saying:
“A good Photograph is knowing where to stand”
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