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Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/30 sec, Raw
Milieuparkweg Sittard – Industrial
Any time there is bad or cloudy weather I love to shoot in black and white. To me B&W and industrial goes together. After I posted the panorama of the old hospital, some of you asked me how do I do it. So here are few tips that I always look for.
1) Seeing in B&W before your take the shot is crucial. This is the main difference between good and great. Look beyond colors, and try to visualize how shapes, textures and the whole scene will look like in the final composition.
2) Contrast, tone light and the details of the texture makes all the difference. Remove the colors and you get wide spectrum of grays. Therefore, look for subjects with simple, strong lines and shapes. Keep an eye for shadows, light and dark areas in your composition.
3) Look for drama, minimalism, uniqueness, high contrast and stay away from boring and typical stuff.
4) Use filters. Polarisers will boost the contrast and add a drama to your shots. ND filters are great for long exposure photography. Want that silky, smooth looking waterfalls, rivers or clouds? Use 8-10 stops ND filter.
Keep in mind that not everything you shoot will look amazing in B&W. . It comes down to how good you are at understanding light, choosing your subject, your camera settings and your simple, effective software editing knowledge. I use Lightroom for 95% of my photography editing and Photoshop for the last touches. Great thing to do is to motivate yourself before you go shooting. One of my favorite Black and White photographer is Michael Levin. He does outstanding job in his black and white images and he reminds me how far I still have to go!
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