Why You Need to Shoot Black and White

Shooting black and white has many advantages. Stripping away colour makes you concentrate on utilising the available light and how you want to frame your subject.

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And if you’re in a creative rut, although it feels counter intuitive, it can really help to place restrictions on your photography.  It makes you pre-empt the final outcome and what affect black and white will have on your image.

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It also provides a great opportunity to look over the work of some photography greats such as Elliot Erwitt, Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier who only had black and white to work with.  You should also check out the work of William Eggleston who was a pioneer and one of the first to make the switch from black and white to colour photography.

I shot all these images on my Olympus MJU II with Ilford 35mm film.

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Photographing on the Streets (and beach) of Brighton

I really enjoyed testing the Sony a7RII by ‘shooting from the hip‘. So  I took the camera on a day trip to Brighton to photograph the eclectic mix of people who make up the seaside city.

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The camera once again performed incredibly well and it allows you to customise controls which comes in really handy when using manual mode doing street photography. The camera itself is mirror-less making it much smaller and compact compared to similar DSLR camera such as the 5D series.

I’m heading to Iceland next week so look out for a brand new travel diary, film and hundreds (most likely thousands) of photographs!

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