Shoot More! Week 5
Shoot More! Week 5, Yes I missed a week. But, lets pretend.
This week lets explore Black and White images. Shoot in camera or post-process the look. You can set up your camera to shoot black and white as a processed .jpg. Explore the parameters in camera (you can set contrast, sharpness etc. Explore the options in your camera). I like to shoot RAW and .jpg when playing with my processed .jpg files, this gives me every option available when looking towards my final image.
I saw some great exploration of color the past weeks, lines and shapes are still in play. The Black and White image strips away the emotion we feel from color when exploring a photograph. Is color a crutch in your photography? Black and white will help you define your voice, what is the content? What is your story? What do you really want to share with your viewer? Composition is even more important now. Rule of thirds, golden ratio, triangles and spirals, leading lines, a frame within a frame, fill the frame, simplification, patterns, lines, balance, texture, symmetry, what other rules of compostion are out there? There are more! Make a journal page or two filled with compositional guidelines (I hate rules).
Smartphone apps I use for Black and White:
Hipstamatic: I love the Black Keys Supergrain with the Hannah lens. But, there are many other combinations, get exploring! http://hipstamatic.com/camera/
Nik Silver Effects Pro - Free: Can work as a stand alone app as well as well.
What are you using? Share on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShootMore/
People Who Inspire Thought:
1) Henri Cartier-Bresson, French, b. 1908, d. 2004: The Decisive Moment
2) Sebastião Salgado
http://sonyclassics.com/thesaltoftheearth/ A great Film you should all see!!!
Have you backed up your images yet?
I'm not a photographer, but I like your work and I like you, so I thought I'd just say that on your blog. I can't share any information or respond to your question as I'm a point and shoot in automatic mode sort of person. If my camera had come with an instruction booklet, I might have read it, but well, that's why there are professionals and then all those who aspire to be at that level. I'm not really aspiring, although I am proud when I come up with a halfway decent picture. That's why I like your images, as they all hover at that upper end.
Nice video, by the way.
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