Ever since I could remember I’ve loved Black & White photography. It was what attracted me to photography in the first place. However, I’ve always found it more challenging to get the right kind of effect. If you are not keen or don’t like your work then there’s nothing Photoshop, Lightroom or any other kind post processing software can do to help.
Some pictures taken in colour can be converted into Black & White. It is pretty easy to do but it doesn’t mean that it will work. On the other hand some colour pictures just look so much better in Black & White.
In order to have a Black and White image that I am happy with, I believe that the original image needs to have some depth, needs to tell a story and needs to draw the viewer in.
However, some help can always help. This is where FILTERS can be helpful…
|Image courtesy of Ilford Photo|
- Red Filters
- Orange Filters
- Yellow Filters
- Green Filters
Mainly used when photographing plants as it also great at separating foliage from the brightly – coloured flowers and buds.
- Blue Filters
Very rarely used in Black & White photography as they darken most colours and reduce contrast across an entire image. However, when used correctly it can be useful to add a sense of calm and soothing atmosphere to an image.