As you can see if you visit my street photography project Faceless, I really enjoy taking black and white pictures. I love the feeling you can sense and the contrast you can show in your pictures. If you too like this photography genre and you think you can learn something from me (really? :)) I’d like to give you some tips to improve your skills.
Black and white pictures are based on contrast. You always need to find scenes where you can put your subject on a light background (if your subject is dark) or on a dark background (if your subject is light). This is the first rule you always have to keep in mind to take some nice street photography pictures. As you can see in the following photos I took, the subject is always dark on a white background. This combination gives you the better contrast you can achieve.
It’s very important to look always for the natural contrast. You can’t fake it in Lightroom or Photoshop and if the picture has not contrast in the first place you can’t do anything in post production to get a natural, good looking result.
Another important aspect in the process of creating the perfect black and white picture is the editing. It is true, you can’t change a picture with no contrast but you can do something to improve it in the ones taken in the right conditions. Using the brush tool in Lightroom, for example, you can enhance whites and blacks to make your subject pop out and improve the final result. Always try to get the white parts of the image more white and the black parts more black. You can also change the “whites” and “blacks” sliders to give the picture more contrast.
Finally, don’t be afraid to shoot at night. When the scene is dark you can find bright spots and play with lights to get good results.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you need more information and tips please leave a comment below.
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