"Line 'em up and move 'em out!"
Welcome back to the Black and White Sunday blog hop with NewfandHound, sponsored by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. Please see one of their lovely blogs for information on how to join the group. The more the merrier!
Last week I linked to the The Art of Black and White Photography class on Udemy and right after that I received an email that they are offering 70% off all courses until Feb. 12th with the coupon code 2MILLION. (makes the course $29.70!)
After listening to more and more podcasts the past few weeks I'm realizing that even the littlest bit of information can be helpful in some form in your photography. With black and white photography it seems that the basics (lighting, composition, details) are even more critical. I've started to scour blogs for more information on what makes a great black and white photograph and how they apply to photographing dogs and came up with these posts to help all of us out: (I put how it can enhance pet portraits in italics)
- Black and White Photography Tips For Beginners by Photodoto (overcast skies are great for dogs, especially dark to black dogs to bring out tonal range in their coats and so they don't look like a black blob with loss of details.)
- Best Tips For Black and White Photography by Hubpages (Enhancing and creating a strong perspective, even just with your dog's body, will pull the eye into the photo and to a focal point or vanishing point)
- 10 Tips On How To Create Better Black and White Images by B&H Photo (Strong contrast creates a more dramatic photo. White dog against a dark background, black dog against a white background.)
- 15 Tips For Stunning Black and White Photography by Improve Photography (Shoot in color but visualize in black and white. Look for unique shapes, lines, and get low for a new vantage point when shooting your dog; bring out your dog's personality by showing off his/her quirks!)
- Practice shooting with your camera settings changed to black and white so you can start to anticipate what lighting and composition will bring out your dog's personality even more.
- Keep a log of interesting settings as you are driving around that have great light, an interesting (and safe) background, or unique architectural features. Note how the light is during various times of the day.
- Go low, really low! Get down to your dog's perspective for a new angle, shoot the back end, shoot from the side, shoot in a way you haven't tried yet.
- Photograph a friend's dog! I get in a rut photographing my pack all the time so it's fun to shoot new breeds to see something different like the shapes of heads, fur length, eye color, activity, bone structure, etc. Helps you think about your dogs in a new way.
I'll be saving any tips I find on my Pinterest Photography- Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts board so stop by and see if you can pick up some new ideas too!