Shoot RAW + JPEG. The most excellent monochrome conversions are came across 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 photograph Style/Picture Control/Film Simulation mode you get an indication of how the image will look in black and white. As numerous 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. most 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 channel 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 their camera’s live hunch thoroughfare , but the usually slower responses mean that numerous will find it preferable or check the image on the screen post-capture.
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 supportive when you want to retain detail in a bright sky while a polarizing filter can be used to reduce reflections and boost contrast. Alternatively, consider 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, could also be useful for manipulating contrast in digital images. They work by darkening objects of her opposite colour while lightening objects of their own. An orange filter, for example, will darken the blue of the sky while a green single will lighten foliage.
Take Control. Although coloured filters could 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 a couple years ago Photoshop’s Channel Mixer was the favored 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 should 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 should also be used to manipulate tonal range and contrast, but the HSL/Grayscale controls allow you to create separation between objects of the same brightness but with unique colours.
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 could 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 reduce exposure and extend shutter speed (by 10 and 4 stops respectively). naturally , when exposures extend farther than relating to 1/60 sec a tripod is wanted 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.
Dodge and Burn. Dodging and burning is a rule 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 ambition 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 brighten up them to grow local contrast. It’s a good thoroughfare of sharing a sense of better sharpness and enhancing texture. Plus, because you may set the opacity of the tools, you should build up his effect gradually so the impact is subtle and there are no hard edges.
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 lackluster straight from the camera. providentially , it’s possible to work adjust the brightness of these two colours singly 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 powerful 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, can 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 unsurpassed composition.
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May 20, 2018May 20, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Men of New York, Old New York
Welcome to my gallery featuring 4 Decades of New York Street Photographs
July 23, 2018July 23, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
May 18, 2018May 18, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Old New York, Women of New York
April 4, 2018April 4, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Kids & Teens, Kiss Kiss, Subway
I want you to enjoy my galleries of street photography without getting lost. There are many different galleries with subjects you can peruse. If you you are interested in Subway photos there are plenty of images which show the NYC subway system in all its “splendor” Maybe you want to see some pictures of Harlem when it was still Harlem.You can leave comments if you feel so inclined. Most images can be purchased as signed ptints for your collection. “The Urban Prisoner” (Shown on the left) is my first monograph, published in 2004 by Sanctuary Books. Introduction by Ben Lifson. There are still some copies available for purchase. Please inquire about licensing my images for documentary use. Blu-Ray quality files (or 4K) are available for any project you may be working on…Thanks!
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), homeless, Men of New York, Old New York, signs
March 16, 2018March 16, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Men of New York, Old New York, Women of New York
May 28, 2018May 28, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Old New York, signs, Times Square
April 24, 2018April 24, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Color, Old New York
May 6, 2018May 6, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Old New York, signs, Times Square
It has been a while since I have been able to cover any streets with my camera. I grabbed a full day of just walking around the 13 mile island people call Manhattan while working a few weeks ago. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, street photography for me is not getting in people’s faces and trying to capture portraits, but instead appreciating the design and movement within the city between people and their structured living. I will post Part 2 later which will be in all color.
April 8, 2018April 8, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
April 17, 2018April 17, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
Black & White Photos of New York FOR SALE E-mail Photographer ALL PHOTOS ©MATT WEBER
May 1, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Old New York, signs
Right across from Penn Station was a cheap watering hole for the weary travelers and some locals…
Black and White Street Photographs of New York City by Matt Weber
May 12, 2018May 12, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
April 14, 2018April 14, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Old New York, signs
December 1, 2011August 27, 2016 Matt Weber (Street photography), The Urban Prisoner, Uncategorized
March 13, 2018March 13, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
June 20, 2018June 20, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Color, Men of New York, Old New York
June 10, 2018June 10, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
July 29, 2018July 29, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Cars & Buses, Old New York, Urban Landscape
May 4, 2018May 4, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Old New York, signs, Times Square
June 17, 2018June 17, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs, Times Square
July 13, 2018July 13, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Old New York, Urban Landscape
July 6, 2018July 6, 2018 Matt Weber Coney Island, Old New York
July 18, 2018July 18, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs
Categories “New New York” (Street photography) 9/11 Related America Cars & Buses Color Coney Island Fights & Playfights Graffiti-NYC Tags Harlem homeless Kids & Teens Kiss Kiss Men of New York OBAMA-Related Offspring Old New York Portraits PROTESTS signs Subway The Urban Prisoner Times Square Uncategorized Urban Landscape Urban Wildlife Women of New York
July 22, 2018July 22, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Color, Old New York, signs, Urban Landscape
April 20, 2018April 20, 2018 Matt Weber (Street photography), Men of New York, Old New York, signs, Urban Wildlife