We're back in time for the Black and White Sunday blog hop! Thank you to our sponsors Sugar The Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola! Please see one of their blogs for more information on how to join in on the hop!
I love looking at everyone's photo from the blog hop and I often wonder how many of us plan for the black and white shot each Sunday. Do you ever start shooting knowing that one of those pictures in that group is going to be in black and white? Lately I've been trying to put my dogs in situations that will highlight mono treatments but it does take more thought and effort to achieve a nice contrast. Start training your eye to look closely at composition, light, texture, and variations of the three. Luckily our dogs are prime candidates and if you look closely enough you can find hundreds of aspects to highlight, from patterns in the coat to drool contrasting against a dark coat, to the curve of a neck against a contrasting background.
Here are some great links to help you think about light and composition specifically for monochrome photography:
- Learning to See in Black and White by Canon Rumors- scroll down to the Tonal section and check out the Great Dane!
- Seven Elements that Help Make a Great Black and White Photograph by Photo Focus
- The Black and White Photographer's Guide to Light and Contrast by Digital Camera World
- How To See in Black and White by Digital Photography School- great concept on the use of negative space to frame your subject.
So get out there and test out some of these concepts! I know I'll be testing out the negative space more this week!