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Black and White for Beginners

Complete Guide To Black and White PhotographyBlack And White Photography Class Day #1

Goal of class – learning to see the world in black and white and translate that vision to your pictures. Learn to look for interesting light to affect the feeling or mood of your pictures. Finding textures that create appealing black and white photography. That is the goal of the B&W Photography class I attended last night!

This book John Hedgecoe’s Complete Guide To Black and White Photography is what our teacher recommended we purchase, great resource she said. Do you agree?

I am not sure how to repeat what I learned last night… For a good portion of the class we looked at slides in color and guessed if they would make a good black and white photo.  Once we all had our opinion she would go to the next slide which would be that same picture in black and white. Here is what I did learn:

  • Red, Blue and Green are all about the same shade of Gray
  • White doesn’t change when you go to black and white
  • If you have a family photo and the lady on the left is wearing red your eye goes to her first, but when it turned black and white your attention was brought to the lady in white on the right. So black and white changes where your eye focuses
  • If your picture has just one color it will look basically the same in black and white
  • faded colors easily translate to black and white

Picture taken with Canon 60D using Canon 50mm f/1.8 in front of living room window this morning. Snow background made for a white background. If you can’t guess what it is it’s a lizard holding two candles

Did I love the class? Yes… sitting  in a room with 12 eager students all  listening without interrupting the teacher. Hanging on to every word because you don’t want to miss anything. Absolutely!

First assignment:
Take 4 pictures 2 in color and 2 in black and white. No editing! Select one pair (color and b&w) that you like your picture in color. Second pair (color and b&w) choose one you like in black and white.

Plus through the course of this class try to only take B&W photos!


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