Black and White photography harkens back to the old days before the advent of color film.
Some say it has a more authentic feel, a certain nostalgia about it.
This summer, am teaching myself to be a better Black & White photographer.
B&W does force one to concentrate on the composition of an image. Give more consideration to shapes, forms, lines, subject matter. and their interaction. Color can make a weak image with poor composition look decent. B&W will not let you get away with that.
Having researched multiple books on B&W, subscribing to the B&W photo magazine for several years, am now ready to give it a serious go. Even invested in a monchrome camera.
Why would you buy a camera that only shoots black and white when you can shoot color photos then convert the color image to B&W on your computer?
Answer: sharpness and quality of image.
A color camera takes a photo by splitting the light coming into the camera using a color filter, into red, blue and green, plus the light and dark (luminance). When converting a color image to B&W, you are only getting the luminance from the pixels that were not being used to capture color.
The B&W camera uses all of its pixels to capture luminance. None of the sensor's pixels are used to capture color. Thus giving you a sharper image with more shades of light and dark.
Since the B&W camera can capture more light and dark information, it is more sensitive in capturing images in low light situations.
Enough talk, let shoot
First, trying a few macro shots while at my desk.
That was interesting, now something with architecture,
The next night I walked around the local outlet mall, hoping to catch something interesting. Being a week night, here were very few people in the mall. Was not able to take any street portraits as I would have liked.
Next are a few images captured while learning the settings on the camera. Learning where to stand to eliminate reflections on glass... or be aware of reflections and place them where you want.
I hope he doesn't think he is in the dressing room.
As the sun was setting, the few remaining shoppers departed, as did I.
Well, that's concludes this week's first walk-about session.
We will see what next week brings.
Ride safe my friends,