Use Filters. Graduated neutral density (AKA ND grad) and polarizing filters are simply as useful in monochrome photography as they are in colour. In fact, because they manipulate image contrast they are arguably more advantageous . An ND grad is helpful when you require to retain detail in a bright sky while a polarizing filter may be used to decrease reflections and boost contrast. Alternatively, think taking two or more shots with diverse exposures to create a high dynamic range (HDR) composite. Don’t be anxious to use a ND grad with a standard neural density filter if the sky is brighter than the foreground in a long exposure shot. Coloured filters, which are an essential tool for monochrome film photographers, should also be useful for manipulating contrast in digital images. They work by darkening objects of his opposite colour while lightening objects of her own. An orange filter, for example, will darken the blue of the sky while a green single will lighten foliage.
Shoot RAW + JPEG. The greatest monochrome conversions are gained by editing raw files which have the full colour information, but if you shoot raw and JPEG files simultaneously and set the camera to its monochrome picture Style/Picture Control/Film Simulation mode you get an indication of how the image will look in black and white. As many photographers struggle to visualise a scene in black and white, these monochrome modes are an invaluable tool that will help with composition and scene assessment. numerous cameras are also capable of producing decent in-camera monochrome images these days and it’s worth experimenting with image parameters (usually contrast, sharpness, filter effects and toning) to find a look that you like. Because compact process cameras and compact cameras show the scene seen by the sensor with camera settings applied, users of these cameras are able to preview the monochrome image in the electronic viewfinder or on rear screen before taking the shot. DSLR users may also do this if they activate her camera’s live impression thoroughfare , but the usually slower responses mean that most will find it preferable or check the image on the screen post-capture.
Look for Contrast, Shape and Texture. The complimentary and opposing colours that bring a colour image to life are all reduced to black and white or shades of grey in a monochrome image and you have to look for tonal contrast to make a shot stand out. In colour photography, for example, your eye would right now be drawn to a red object on a green background, but in monochrome photography these two areas are likely to have the same brightness, so the image looks flat and colorless straight from the camera. happily , it’s possible to work adjust the brightness of these two colours discretely to introduce some contrast. However, a great starting point is to look for scenes with tonal contrast. There are always exceptions, but as a general rule look for scenes that contain some forceful blacks and whites. This should be achieved by the light or by the brightness (or tone) of the objects in the scene as well as the exposure settings that you use. The brightness of the bark of a silver birch tree for example, could inject some contrast (and interest) in to a woodland scene. Setting the exposure for these brighter areas also makes the shadows darker, so the highlights stand out even more. Look for shapes, patterns and textures in a scene and move around to find the greatest composition.
Take Control. Although coloured filters can still be used to manipulate contrast when shooting digital black and white images, it’s more common to save this work until the processing stage. Until a few years ago Photoshop’s Channel Mixer was the favorite means of turning colour images monochrome, but now Adobe Camera Raw has more powerful tools (in the HSL/Grayscale tab) that allow you to adjust the brightness of eight individual colours that make up the image. It’s possible to adjust one of these colours to make it anything from white to black with the sliding control. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the whole image when adjusting a particular colour as crafty gradations can become unnatural looking. And adjusting the brightness of a red or rosy shirt with the red sliding control, for instance , will have an impact on the model’s skin, especially the lips. The Levels and Curves controls may also be used to manipulate tonal range and contrast, but the HSL/Grayscale controls allow you to create differentiation between objects of the same brightness but with diverse colours.
Dodge and Burn. Dodging and burning is a trait that comes from the traditional darkroom and is usually used to burn in or darken highlights and hold back (brighten) shadows. Photoshop’s Dodge and Burn tools allow a level of control that film photographers could only dream of because you may target the highlights, shadows or mid-tones with both. This means that you should use the Burn tool to darken highlights when they are too bright, or the Dodge tool to perk up them to grow local contrast. It’s a good pathway of giving a sense of greater sharpness and enhancing texture. Plus, because you should set the opacity of the tools, you should build up his effect gradually so the impact is crafty and there are no hard edges.
Try Long Exposure. Long exposure shots may work really well in monochrome photography, especially where there’s moving water or clouds. During the exposure the highlights of the water, for example, are recorded across a wider area than they would with a short exposure and this should help enhance tonal contrast. The blurring of the movement also adds textural contrast with any solid objects in the frame. If necessary , use a neutral density filter such as Lee Filters’ Big Stopper or Little Stopper to decrease exposure and extend shutter speed (by 10 and 4 stops respectively). naturally , when exposures extend farther than with regard to 1/60 sec a tripod is required to keep the camera still and avoid blurring. It’s also advisable to use a remote release and mirror lock-up to minimise vibration and produce super-sharp images.
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Here’s a quick look at all the presets available for VSCO Cam’s B-series black and white preset family as a long form infographic (a perfect edition to your Pinterest boards)! I’ve used one photo of San Francisco beautiful Golden Gate bridge and shown you exactly how each of the presets affect the image. No other editing was applied to these images as I wanted to show you what they look like in their raw form. Of course you can always start with one of these presets and then fine-tune (in fact, I highly encourage it)!
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B5 has the dark quality in the shadows but not quite as drastic as B5. It also bring is a slight fade to the shadows as well.
B6 is similar to B6 except for the contrast. The highlights are much brighter giving a clear distinction between the whites in the cloudy sky and the darkness on the road.
I’ve already shared quite a bit here with you on the VSCO Cam app such as why it’s the only photo editing app I use and you should use it too. I’ve shared quick tips on little-known features of the app like how to use copy and paste to speed up your photo editing process and gone into depth on the powerful editing features of VSCO Cam. And I’ve also shared plenty of my own photographs I’ve edited with the app called VSCO Cam Selections, a monthly feature.
Black and white photography doesn’t attract with its play of colors, though it is still has the ability to stand out by communicating and telling the story to its viewers. Close attention to detail, composition, and lighting are the keys to create stunning black and white photos. Editing your photo in VSCO will also help you to stand out more before posting it on your Instagram or any social media accounts. So here are the best VSCO filters for black and white Instagram feed.
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Would you go for black and white Instagram feed? What are you going to choose among these 35 VSCO filters?
Have you ever been overwhelmed by all the amazing presets available to use on the VSCO Cam app? I know I am still to this day every time I edit a new photo and scroll through each one just to see how it affects my photo. To help you out I’ve created a brand new resource guide specifically on VSCO Cam black and white presets.
Let’s dive deeper into each preset of the B-series to fully understand why you might choose one over the other.
B4 is probably the darkest of the B-series. You’ll notice a lot of the details in the shadows of this photo are lost, you can barely see the cars. But of course there’s nothing wrong with this, you may like your photos to be on the darker side, I do but my favored presets are coming up.
I adore black and white photography. There’s nothing quite like the emotion you feel when you see a beautiful black and white photograph. Photography was born in black and white and it’s often what I suggest beginners start with. Color can be a distraction. But black and white photography is all about the mood, the scene, the subject, the story you’re sharing. It doesn’t even need to be perfect, in fact it’s better that way (a little secret: black and white can often enhance an otherwise ordinary photo, it’s all in how you edit it).
B3 removes the fade and brings the shadows down with a hint of darkness.
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As you can see when you analyze each photo next to each other it might be hard to see the difference but as you use these presets and see how the fade in B2 or the strong contrast in B6 affects your photos, you’ll quickly realize which ones are your favorite. And again as a tip, VSCO Cam presets are meant to be a starting point for editing your mobile photography. Choose one that works for the direction you want to take it and then use the editing features within the app to customize it and create your unique style of photography.
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You’ll notice in B2 the dark shadows become faded. Personally, I love this look, it adds a vintage style reminiscent of another time. Of course you can also adjust the fade within the editing features (just choose the wrench icon to get started).
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B1 creates a range of values from white to black. You can see the bright whites int he clouds and the dark blacks in the shadows of the road. This is great preset to start off with if a simple and classic black and white look is what you’re after.