Posts Tagged ‘photography’

The Secrets to Compelling Black and White Portraits

// March 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // 12. Photography Skills

By on 19 Mar 2012 in Guides, Shooting

Black and white photographs can portray a higher level of timelessness than color images. The lack of color also gives us a better sense of the time and mood behind a portrait.  Because of these characteristics, black and white photography has maintained a strong presence in portraiture. Since the eye perceives black and white photography differently than color photography, the process behind creating compelling black and white portraits is also a little different. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

  1. Black and white photography is all about lights and shadows. These two things, when combined, create contrast. Contrast is essential to black and white photography and part of what makes it so appealing. The real task here is finding a good balance between the two. It’s true that bright whites and black blacks are key to monochrome portraiture, but don’t forget the grays. An assortment of grays in a black and white portrait will offer some much needed separation between the highlights and shadows.
  2. Shoot in RAW. By doing so, all of the images pixel data will be preserved and will give you greater control of your image in post. If your camera has a RAW + JPEG option, use that. You can then set the JPEG to shoot in monochrome which will give you a black and white image in your viewfinder, all while having the added benefits of shooting in RAW.
  3. Know what colors look like in black and white. For example, the color red will look black in a black and white photograph. If the model is wearing a red dress and you are shooting against a dark colored background, the two may blend together resulting in a dull, flat portrait.
  4. Shoot on a low ISO. This will help avoid any grain in your photograph, which could be made more noticeable in a black and white photo, namely in the shadows. If at all possible, try to keep your ISO around 160. Many modern DSLR’s default at 160 and that’s not without reason. It is fast enough for most portraiture and produces sharp, clean photographs.
  5. Utilize texture and shapes. Similar to color portraits, using shapes, lines, and silhouettes can aid in a photographs composition. These, along with textures and patterns, are made more noticeable in black and white portraits because the eye is naturally drawn to the contrast of the image instead of the detail. For example, the weathering on an tree is initially more noticeable than tree itself, because our eye first goes to the contrast created between the age spots on the wood.

Old soul by linzeeanne, on Flickr. Pay attention to the way the light and shadows seem to decorate the subject.

Tiffany Mueller is a professional music and fine art photographer. Published in various publications including magazines, art journals, as well as books, Tiffany has been fortunate enough to have been in a perpetual state of travel since her youth and is currently working on a 50-states project. You can also keep up with Tiffany via Twitter at or on her personal blog.

How to photograph soup

// May 24th, 2011 // No Comments » // 12. Photography Skills

Part #1
Includes a discussion of photography lighting equipment and photography lighting equipment techniques.


Photographic lighting and photographing food, and especially soup, is a lot harder than it looks.  Unlike photographic lighting the typical food shoot, there are a few things that limit what you can do to make soup look good. Explaining how to overcome these soup-specific photographic lighting obstacles is the purpose for this article.  After reading this, you will understand the many food photography lighting tips tricks and techniques need to successfully photograph soup. (more…)

Jean-François Campos và chiến dịch mới của Dior

// May 11th, 2011 // No Comments » // 12. Photography Skills

Trong những bức ảnh đen trắng này, Jean-François Campos đã cho thấy khả năng duy trì sự cân bằng giữa hội họa và nhiếp ảnh.

Điểm kỳ lạ là người ta khó có thể tưởng tượng được đây lại là một bộ ảnh quảng bá cho các sản phẩm mỹ phẩm. Có lẽ, chính sự táo bạo này đã mang lại ấn tượng về vẻ đẹp hiện đại trong dáng vẻ cổ điển.


Sexy Glasses Portrait Photography

// May 5th, 2011 // No Comments » // 12. Photography Skills

We’ve all been inspired by photography in many forms, styles and conceptual ideas. It’s when photography is at its most simplistic with a single focus, is at it’s best in my opinion. I love to find great photography which showcases its subject matter as a (normally female) adult rocking some glasses/sunglasses.

Photograph: theluckynine (more…)

I love daisy

// April 15th, 2010 // No Comments » // 02. My Photos

Iu loài hoa này vì cái vẽ rực rỡ và quyến rũ của nó. Đang muốn trồng trong sân nhà mà hok biết phải làm sao?!

Đây là hoa Ti-gôn ^^

27 Brilliant Examples Of LandScape Photography

// August 10th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // 12. Photography Skills

If you’ve been here, you must’ve figured out my passion for awesome pictures. Whether they’re HD or fantastic wallpapers, I’m always on a look out. I recently have been looking at these Brilliant landscape pictures, reminding myself, how would’ve I actually felt if I was there. And would love to share the ones I loved.

In Front Of The Lines

infront (more…)

May 09, 2007

// May 10th, 2007 // 3 Comments » // 05. Messages

Hôm nay cũng đã xong đc phần practice của lớp Presentation, được nhận xét là tốt hơn những lần trước rất nhiều (xem cái movie bả quay mình trông kinh dị wóa ), cần practice nhìu hơn…, hớn hở tưởng thoát nạn rùi ai dè trước khi làm real test còn phải có thêm 1 ngày present nữa , lần này mình phải chuẩn bị slide về CIT tốt hơn để present, thiệt là mình đã lười học bài rùi mà còn bị như thế này nữa chứ . (more…)