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Black and White Photography Basics That can Give You Vintage Styled Pictures

Black and white photography, also known as monochrome photography, is often used for shooting wedding photographs, portraits, and other artistic photographs. Such pictures often look classy and startling. Although it sounds very easy, shooting in black and white is much more difficult than shooting in colors. Replacing multiple colors with contrasts of the same color is not an easy task; however the below mentioned tips are sure to be of great help.                                        

Shoot in RAW

RAW files give you more flexibility and freedom to manipulate your images during the post production. Sometimes, your colored image might not look the way you want and the best way to improve their look is to convert them into black and white. This is easier and quicker if you have a RAW file. Find out if your camera has an option to shoot in RAW. In case your camera doesn't support shooting in RAW, shoot a colored picture in Jpeg and later, convert it into black and white.   

Use a low ISO

Whether you are shooting black and white image or a color photograph, always use a low ISO so that you can get rid of the grains. In color photography they might not affect the image quality much but when you are shooting in B & W, the grains become more visible. Modern cameras these days are equipped with technology that allows them to perform well even during lowlight conditions; so even if you use low ISO, the image won't be dark and hazy.

Always use side lighting

We all know that front lighting flatters the image and gives it a flat look. Although this seems to be a great option for colored photograph, B & W photographs will look dull and lifeless if there is no texture. While setting up your shot for B & W photography, always light up your subject from the sides so that their shapes and textures are appropriately highlighted in the pictures. Further, side lighting can give you the right amount of shadows, thereby giving a 3 D look to your images. If you are shooing in a studio, this wouldn't be a problem for you; however, if you want to shoot in natural light, the best time would be to shoot during morning and evening when the shadows are long. Textures and shapes will give a filling look to your B & W images.

Stay away from reflections

When converted from color to black and white, reflections get converted to specular highlights thereby decreasing the overall quality. To get rid of the reflections that might come from reflective surfaces such as water, table, background, any product, etc., use a polarizer. This inexpensive accessory is a wonderful tool to control harsh highlights from reflections.Also, change the angle from which you are illuminating the subject so that the reflections are minimized.

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