There is a unique sense of elegance exuded by black and white portraits. They fit in a variety of settings and will deliver a classy look for many years to come. If you have been fascinated by their appearance and you wonder how you can get stunning black and white portraits, here are a few tips for you:
Shoot in RAW
Sometimes the shots you take don’t turn out to be as great as you had hoped for when entered in the computer. But when you shoot in RAW, you will have the flexibility to revert should you determine that they are not as beautiful as you had anticipated.
Look for contrast
Contrast will definitely make the subjects in your black and white portraits stand out with enhanced visibility. The best way to create contrast for these types of photos, is to have some portions nearly pure white, while some are nearing pure black. This will create a lot of interest on the scene.
Don’t ignore the greys
Having black and white in the portrait will increase interest on the objects, but in the absence of a wide range of varying grey tones, the portrait may appear very dull. To achieve a wide range of greys on the portrait, use a flash to create shadows and highlights over some areas in the photo.
Use a polarizer
If you want to capture the perfect black and white portraits around reflective surfaces such as leaves and water, it would be a good idea to use a polarizer to counter the reflections from the sun. When color is finally removed from the photo, such specular highlights may detract from the overall composition.
Look out for textures
It is because of texture that photos of old items such as antiques and barns remain compelling for many years. Ensure that texture is not front-lit, so that you are able to see the contrast in fine details, and you will make the subjects more compelling in your black and white photography.