REVIVE YOUR OLD PHOTO’S WITH THESE QUICK, EASY WINS
We all know that the best time to take photos is either sunrise or sunset – you’ll get that soft, even lighting and a plethora of vibrant colours. But, what do you do when you find yourself out shooting in harsh sunlight?
I’ll put it this way, it’s still possible to capture a beautiful image.
I’m all about vibrant, colourful landscapes but on the odd occasion, I find that colour can actually take away from an image. Controversial opinion, I know.
Over time however, I’ve found that converting these images to black and white whilst in post-production can convey much more emotion. So, lo-and-behold, I’ve outlined a few tips and tricks that I’ve learnt along the way when it comes to reviving old images in the classic monochromatic way…
SHOOT IN COLOUR
Although many cameras have a black and white setting, you should always shoot in colour first and then convert to black and white in post-production. This will allow you to have much more flexibility in the editing process.
Likewise, shooting in a RAW format instead of jpeg will give you a lot more data to work with.
LOOK FOR SHAPES AND TEXTURES
Whether it’s landscape, cityscape, or portrait photography, search for interesting textures, lines and shapes that you can isolate in a black and white photo.
In the images below, I was faced with harsh sunlight, deep shadows, and a clear blue sky. In my opinion, the photo in colour is a little boring, but converting it to black and white helps showcase the magnitude of these sheer peaks rising up above the trees in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.
Now that you’ve captured your images, it’s time to convert and edit them.
I like to use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos but trust me, there are tons of good free apps out there! Once you have converted them to black and white, experiment with the colour sliders and curves – you’ll find that darkening the blue tones on a clear day will darken the sky and add contrast to your image, whilst brightening your whites and lowering your blacks will provide that dramatic look that you’re usually after in a black and white image.
SAVE YOUR PHOTOS
For as long as I’ve had a camera in my hand, I don’t think I’ve ever deleted a single image.
I shoot thousands and thousands of terrible photos, many of which will never be seen by another person. But, it’s so fun going back in your archives and applying new techniques to old photos you never thought had any potential.
Try out these tips and see what kind of dramatic scenes you can create from your old images.