5 Simple Tips That will Change your Black And White Photos

Serge Ramelli, Photographer

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1 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. PLP196


About This Class

In this behind-the-scenes episode, follow me through Griffith Park in Los Angeles, where I try different compositions to create an amazing, dramatic black and white photo.

I will show you how I shot the photos, which one I select to be retouched and how I retouch it to make it into a dramatic black and white photo.

Here are my tips:

1. Shooting: How I select my Foreground, Middle Ground and Background Elements (I show you 3 examples in the video)

2. Shooting: Since I am on the move for this shoot, I am shooting by hand with no tripod, I am bracketing my photos so I set my camera to 1/250th second for the Normal exposure to ensure I do not get a blurry shot.

3. Shooting: When to switch to Black and White and why I sometimes use it over HDR.

4. Shooting: How to select your best shots and why I select them - composition is key.

5. Retouching: Starting with a low contrast is very important with Black and White retouching, do all of your local work before adjusting to a sharp contrast.
Et Voila, my 5 tips for Black and White!