Black and white is the #PetPhotographyChallenge for week nine. Madison finally got the modeling job this week because our photographer said she is perfect for black and white. This weeks challenge is technical since last week’s challenge was composition.
What is a black and white photo?
It seems obvious, black and white means black and white, but in photography, it is a bit more. Unless you shoot in raw format, most black and white photos are converted from color photos. In the conversion, the colors become shades of gray. Lighter colors become highlights, and the darker colors become dark tones. The difference in the gray tones create a unique contrast. For a long time b/w photos were out, but they are making a comeback and are quite popular these days!
How does one shoot a black and white photo?
- If you have a nice DSLR camera, shooting in RAW format is the best option, but you then have to have the proper editing software to work with the RAW photo. My photographer cannot for the life of her figure out how to edit RAW photos, so she gave up shooting them.
- Shoot your photos in color and convert them to black and white.
- Look for contrast. Madison is naturally dark black and white which provides natural color contrast.
- Watch the composition. My photographer is using the rule of thirds and depth of field to create a lot of blank/blurred out space to the left of Madison. Using these rules conveys the idea of Madison looking out into the distance.
We love the way the details came out in this shot. The strands of fur, especially in Madison’s eye brows, the fresh snow flakes on her dark ear furs, the way her furs are all sticking up and are so sharp, and her focus. What we don’t like is that she looks like an adult dog, and she is supposed to be our puppy! What do you think? Do you like b/w photos when they are done well?