Monday, January 16, 2012

365 Photo Project - Photo 7

First off, I want to congratulate my wonderful friends P&S Nabs for the wonderful new addition to their little family!!! Jamie and I are so excited for you guys and can't wait to meet him! Now onto today's photo. The theme for the week is black and white. It might seem super easy to take a photograph and just click "black & white", but to get really gorgeous black and white shots are really hard! Actually, photography in itself is flipping hard! I can't even imagine how photographers did it back then! I waste a lot of memory card space by snapping lots of pictures. Think about the amount of film I would've wasted back in the day! I read somewhere about luck photographers. They basically snap a ton of photos and cross their fingers that they have some usable ones. If they are super lucky, they'd get what I like to call a money shot. I don't want to become a luck photographer. I want to learn how to properly expose and compose each and every shot I take. This takes tremendous amounts of practice. I can't trust my camera's LCD because it is inaccurate. I can't totally trust my light meter on my camera and I can't trust my experience. Yet.  

My amazing hubby. 


jkhau said...

check out my trigger finger-at the ready to click the money shot

JUST RAW Studios said...

Hey Sandy,

I agree black and white is an extremely difficult art, it's not a matter of merely converting a color photo to black and white (even then that's difficult in itself to do well).

That being said, black and white (or sepia toned black and white) gives a photo the feeling of being timeless and class. Fashion photographers and commercial photographers use this to great effect, like I remember all GUESS branded ads were in black and white.

From what I've experienced so far, black and white photos seem to work best when there is very STRONG contrast in the photo, or when light is manipulated in a way that makes the subject really stand out.

Let's see if I can show you an example with one of my B+W:
Black and White Example