My Top Two Tips for Taking Black and White Photos

They say that black and white photography is timeless. It’s one of the most preferred ways street photographers capture moments due to this reason. There’s just something special about black and white photography that draws a viewer towards it. This makes it a great way to take fine art photos as well. Read on to find out the two simple things you can do to make your black and white photos stand out.

Tell a Story

Taking any photo and slapping and monochrome filter on it is nothing compared to a carefully crafted black and white photo. The reason black and white photos are special is because they take the viewer directly to the soul of the image. You have to think about what you are saying through your photo; is it an emotion that you want to highlight or is it the magnificence of nature that you want to show? Think about your image and figure out how making it monochrome can elevate the idea behind it.

Look for Contrast

If you want a bold look for your photos, then try to incorporate as much contrast in your scene as possible. Look for areas where light and shadows meet and use those to create your image. High contrast images tend to look more aggressive while low contrast images make a scene look subdued. How you choose to showcase a scene depends on your idea behind it.

 

So the next time you decide to take a monochrome shot, try to follow these two tips and you might just end up with something great.

 

 

My Top Tips to Get Started with Fine Art Photography

These days, it seems that everyone with a camera has turned into an ‘artist’. While I don’t intend to say that anyone’s work is bad, the fact of the matter is that being a fine art photographer takes much more than just an expensive camera and some good composition.

Be Sure of What You Want to Say

To be an artist, you need to have a message that you want to convey. This idea can be very small or very big, but it has to be something people can relate to. Showing this idea through your photography in the right way is going to be the challenge and if you pull it off, then you become a fine art photographer.

Focus on Technique

Just like a painter cannot be successful without learning their craft first, same is the case with photographers. You need to have a strong command over your equipment before you can create captivating images that send a message to the viewers. So spend time first with your camera and all other equipment, and then go ahead to work on a theme or an idea.

Learn to Write

Writing an artist’s statement is an essential part of becoming a fine art photographer. You need to be clear with your words, explaining you passion and your idea to the people who want to come see your work exhibited in an art gallery. You need to tell them why they should take the time out of their lives and see your work or buy it, and words play a massive role in this part of the process.

 

If you want to be a fine art photographer, you need to understand that you are pursuing to become an ‘artist’. The only difference between you and a painter, for example, is that of the medium and equipment being used to make the artwork. So give yourself time, think about what you want to achieve through your art, and then start shooting.

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