Digital Photography Tip: Capturing Black and White

November 09, 2012

Digital Photography Tip: Capturing Black and White

Shooting in black and white can help to add a sense of emotion and drama and impart a feeling of nostalgia and timelessness to your images.

This is the first of a 2-part post that we’ll be doing on capturing black and white images. In this first piece, we’ll talk about ways of shooting a black and white photo.

There are a couple of ways that you can create black and white images.

Shoot in black and white. Most cameras allow you to choose to shoot your images in black and white (or monochrome, as it’s also called). This option is typically found through the camera’s menu system.

Shoot in raw and convert to black and white. If your camera allows you the option to shoot your images in the RAW format, that will give you the most options in terms of post-production and adjustments and conversions.

Shoot in color and convert to black and white. If your camera doesn’t allow you to shoot in the RAW format, your best bet is to shoot in color and then convert to black and white later on your computer, using your photo editing software. This method gives you the option to keep the color in the photo or go monotone.

In our next post, we’ll continue our discussion of black and white images.




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