One of the questions I get the most is how I take daytime long exposure photos. I made a video so you can see exactly what I do, how I look at the clouds and light. Here is a another blog post I made covering this exact topic along with lots of sample photos.
Here is day 5 on developing your own photography style, remember to grab the RAW file and follow along.
This is the Black and White version of this photo. You have to be careful when doing black and white and know exactly what sliders to use. There are many ways to turn a photo into black and white, in this video I will show you how you can make a b&w image pop.
One of the coolest things about photography is meeting all this wonderful people. I met this girl while I was out on the streets shooting some night photography, she was standing in the corner holding the sign up.
I went up to her and asked her what she was doing, she told me that she was traveling across the United States and this was the best way for her to make any kind of money. She says that people would get a laugh out of her sign and will usually give her a couple of bucks. She told me she’s been doing that the entire way from San Francisco to Miami. I asked her if I could take her picture and she smiled and said of course and this is what I got.
She said she was going to stay in Miami for a couple days before heading back to San Francisco. I wonder if she ever made it back…
Here is one of my favorite street pictures. I was in Venice Beach California when I heard all kinds of screaming, so I ran over to the BasketBall court and started taking pics of this guys.
The passion for the game this guys had was crazy, and just when it looked like they were going to get into a fight, they would just play it off. It was a battle out there. I specially like the contrast and tones.
Here are some tips on how to make a beautiful Black and White photograph. I live by this when shooting Black and White.
1. When shooting B&W photography it’s important that you learn to see in black and white. Remember you don’t have color to draw the eye when shooting B&W photography, so you have to find shapes and tones to compose your photo. Study the colors and study the your environment picture all the gray tones and picture everything in B&W. I will keep it short and sweet. If you have any others please share on the comments below.
2. Always shoot in color, it is important that you always shoot in color. Most cameras out there have a B&W setting DO NOT USE IT. If you shoot everything in color you will have more control of the gray scale in post production once you convert it.
The Man In White
3. Always use the lowest ISO setting possible. This will get rid of the noise in the photograph and you will end up with a great clear photograph. If you are looking for noise do it in post production. I like to add noise to (some) B&W but I always do it in post production that way I still have a very high resolution high quality photo.
4. Always shoot RAW, most DSLRS shoot in RAW (and any camera now a days), again this gives you more control of the image in post production thus making a better B&W photograph. If you don’t have this setting on your camera, don’t worry, you can still make an amazing B&W photograph shooting JPEG.
5. Contrast is very important when shooting B&W photography, it sets the mood it, it defines your lines, it brings out shapes and shadows you would never be able to see in color photography. Play around with it and make it work for you.
Did I miss any? Please leave them in the comments below.
Always remember that practice makes perfect, and always have fun out there.