Whether you want to create a sense of nostalgia, evoke an emotion or just find it visually appealing, black and white photographs are a timeless way to achieve this goal. Below are some tips to help make your black and white photographs more crisp, clear and impressive.
1. RAW. If your camera has this function, shoot your photos in the RAW format (vs. JPEG). This will allow you more creativity while editing.
2. Colour. Alternatively, if your camera doesn’t have the ability to shoot in RAW or you’re not comfortable doing so, shoot in colour and convert your image to black and white. You’ll also have more options with your final image if you decide to convert it back to colour or would like both a colour and black and white version.
3. Weather and light. Black and white photographs look their best in low contrast lighting. Cloudy overcast days, dusky evenings and low lit rooms make for better shots.
4. Composition. Taking this into account is nothing new. The difference when shooting in black and white is the absence of colour acting as a visual focus in your photo. Instead keep a keen eye out for textures, tones and highlights to direct viewers eyes to your subject and areas of interest.
5. Low ISO. This is common in both colour and black and white photography. It’s particularly important with black and white shots because it lessens the amount of visible “noise” or grain created by higher ISO levels. You can always add noise when editing but it is very difficult to remove.