There is something special about black and white photography. Perhaps by removing the colours you remove distractions, forcing the viewer to focus on the contents of the picture and the story that it is attempting to portray?
Here are just a few of the black and white photographs I took in my first week at Elephant Pepper Camp, Kenya.
My 5 tips for shooting in black and white
1. Shoot in RAW
For many this may seem daunting or confusing, but RAW really does allow you to get the most out of your camera and gives you many more options when it comes to post-production. Of course shooting in JPEG doesn’t stop you shooting in black and white – but if it’s an option, give RAW a go.
2. Shoot in Colour
While most digital cameras offer you the option to shoot in Black and White (and can produce some reasonable results) you have more control over your end results if you have the colour data to work with in your conversion on your computer.
3. Low ISO
With black and white photography ‘noise’ and ‘grain’ are accentuated. Thus, it is important to shoot with as low ISO possible as possible. You can always add it later in your post production – but it’s harder to go the other way and take noise out.
4. When to Shoot
The wonderful thing about black and white photography is that it works well on dark and overcast days. Ironically, these are the days that those who shoot only in color sit at home complaining about the ‘poor light’. So next time you find yourself with a dark and gloomy day – shoot some black and white shots.
Remember that you are unable, in black and white photography, to use colour to lead the eye into or around your shot. This means you need to train yourself to look at shapes, tones and textures in your frame as points of interest. Pay particularly attention to shadows and highlights which will become a feature of your shot.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister