5 Sure Fire Elements to Improve your Black and White Photography

Before the invention of Kodachrome in 1936, the only medium that was available to the mass of photographers was black and white photography. With the invention of color printing one would think black and white photography would see it’s demise, but instead, it caused the medium to see a surge in popularity. Loved for its simplicity and raw attitude toward the photograph, learning the art of black and white photography is an expertise that everybody should consider.

To break up a black and white photo, you have to take contrast, shape, form, lighting, and the subject into consideration as separate entities. Color is said to distract away from the subject, so using a black and white scheme can allow the focus to rest on your subject, whether that be a landscape, cityscape or nature. With color photography everywhere, black and white photography allow a much-needed change in the photography world, like a breath of fresh air. But it comes with challenges too.

Below you will find a list of 5 key elements to use in your black and white photography to make stronger photos. Whether you just focus on one of them or include several of these elements in one photo is up to you and your creative choice.

Read more5 Sure Fire Elements to Improve your Black and White Photography

How To Use Color Theory To Create Stunning Photos?

color-wheel-basic-color-wheelDo you need to upgrade your understanding of how to effectively use color theory in your photography? Here is a little help on how to apply it in your photography. Even though the focus in this article is nature and landscape photography, you can apply these principles in every type of photography.

When you’re starting out in photography, it’s fine to begin by experimenting and following your instincts. But at some point, if you want to continue improving, you’ll need to add a little theory. Knowledge of the Color wheel  is an essential part of any artist’s education, and very relevant to nature and landscape photographers, in particular. Have you ever set up a well-composed shot, that just didn’t look harmonious in print? Have you ever wondered why some scenes call to you while others fall flat? The way you combine colors and contrast them against each other plays a huge role in how we perceive images.

You probably have at least some sense that certain colors “go together” while others “clash,” but those judgments often seem more like a matter of opinion or taste than rules to rely on. By understanding color theory, you’ll take the guesswork out of deciding which to place together in your landscape photographs.

Read moreHow To Use Color Theory To Create Stunning Photos?

Use Lightroom Smart Collections to Speed Up Your Workflow

Lightroom Smart Collections

Create Smart Collection in LightroomDo you want to find your best photos in Lightroom – the fast way? Or find your photos without a keyword? You might also be gathering photos for a calendar or yearbook, but struggles with keeping the overview. Then it is time to begin using smart collections.

If you create your own smart collection you can easily find any photo that meets any criteria that you set up.

Lightroom Smart Collections are basically the same as a collection ‐ a way to organize your photos in groups.

Read moreUse Lightroom Smart Collections to Speed Up Your Workflow

How to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to Create Amazing Black and White Images?

 

What is it about black and white photography that is so amazing? And how can you create it?

In a world full of color, we often get attracted to the colors that ‘screams’ the most for attention or the colors that have the greatest visual mass in a photo. But in some photos, we want the viewers to look at something else like the textures, shapes, lines or connections between two subjects. Creating great black and white images are about obtaining a good contrast. Without it, black and white images will look flat and uninteresting. And Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 got some cool tools to work with to do just that. 

In this article, I will show you how to work with Silver Efex Pro 2 so you can create amazing black and white images.

Read moreHow to use Silver Efex Pro 2 to Create Amazing Black and White Images?

How To Get Started With Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography is becoming increasingly popular in photography. The most important element is patience. You carefully have to set up the tripod, compose carefully to get any distracting elements out of the way. When you press the shutter button, you have to wait…for 30 seconds, …or 1 minutes, ….or 2 minutes, ……or even 5 minutes. If the exposure is not exactly right, you have to try once more. However, even though it can be time-consuming it is also very rewarding.

With the right frame of mind, you wind down, get a break and de-stress doing this kind of photography. And when done right you get images that ooze of calmness and serenity. Photos that nudges you into a moment of mindfulness every single time you look at them.

Read moreHow To Get Started With Long Exposure Photography

How to use Nik Collection to Create Fantastic Photos?

Before and after using Nik Collection plugins. I have made many of the effects subtle , as I like not to over do effects, but that is a matter of style. I you want to push it, you definitely can with these plugins.
Before and after using Nik Collection plug-ins. I have made many of the effects subtle, as I like not to overdo effects, but that is a matter of style. If you want to push it, you definitely can with these plug-ins.

Often when a photo comes straight from the camera, it looks flat and not just up to our expectations or what our experience was when we took it. Instead of leaving the photo sitting on your hard drive, you can make most images pop using Lightroom or Photoshop, but with help from the DxO’s Nik Plugins, you can take control of the editing process to another level and get the most out of each photo – and the Nik Collection delivers, no doubt about it.

Although you can use the Nik plug-ins from either LR or Aperture, you achieve the best workflow from Photoshop. In Photoshop, each use of a Nik plugin or filter results in a new layer, making the processing non-destructive and enables you to use the layers opacity sliders or masks to fine tune the effect.

To let you in on what each plugin do, I will go through the plug-ins in the workflow order suggested on the Nik Collection website.

Read moreHow to use Nik Collection to Create Fantastic Photos?