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Looking for some #top #black&white #photography tips? Here’s some from @danbphotography

And here’s Dan’s Top 5 Black & White Photography Tips:

1) Shoot in RAW

Photographing in RAW will ultimately give you so much more control over your black and white photography, and allow you to experiment with various post-processing techniques in Lightroom and / or Photoshop, for example. 

2) Use Filters

For long exposure photography, a 10 stop filter is a must. These block out 10 stops of light, forcing the shutter open for much longer to achieve a desirable exposure and to flatter water and soften clouds (as in my Dovercourt Lighthouse photo).

To balance the sky and foreground, you can also use gradient filters. I use both soft and hard gradient filters depending on the subject I’m photographing. If you don’t have filters, you can always use the gradient filter tool in Lightroom (apologies to purists out there…!) 

3) Don’t Be Afraid Of Harsh Light

Some people avoid venturing out with their camera when the sun is blazing, but sunny weather produces excellent contrast, lines and textures for black and white architectural photography (harsh light isn’t so good for portraits unfortunately, whether it’s colour or black and white…!)

4) Lines, Shadows, Shapes and Texture

Colour can sometimes be a distraction in a photograph, so eliminating it allows you to look for these strong compositional elements. Look for leading lines, shadows, curves, contrast etc.

5) Check the Weather / Sunset

Always check the forecast if venturing out far and wide – as mentioned above, clouds are recommended for long exposures. Nothing worse than arriving at the coast after a three hour journey to be greeted with a cloudless sky (I speak from bitter experience!) I also use LightTrac, an Android app which shows the direction of the sun at different times of the day.

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My name’s Dan Biggins, and I’m a freelance web developer, a part-time wedding photographer and a keen black and white photographer! I bought my first camera 8 years ago and have been hopelessly addicted to photography ever since…
 
Twitter: @danbphotography
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We’ve received our first entry into our New #Photography #Competition (theme #street #photography) http://bit.ly/1DX63gj

The top 20 selected images will be exhibited at the prestigious Bridge Lounge Bar and Restaurant in London Bridge for three months from February 2016. Out of the 20 selected, three will win:-

First Place: £1,000 cash prize
Second Place: £300 cash prize

Third Place: £200 cash prize

All finalists will be announced in the London Photo Festival & Gallery newsletter and a press release will be issued. Finalists will also receive recognition in online gallery display and social media exposure via Facebook, Twitter and our Blog.


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Our new #street #photography #competition is now listed on @allforphotograp – follow them for all the great competitions! #londonphotofestival #londonphotogallery #london

http://www.allforphotography.com/competition/london-photo-festival-street-photography-competition


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Our next #collaboration with @EnsemblPerpetuo is on 6th September Rivers & Oceans #photography #London #Richmix

Our Collaborations

Our next collaboration with Ensemble Perpetuo will be on the 6th September at Rich Mix – join us for an evening of music and a special exhibition of photographs curated by us. Tickets can be purchased here.


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Next Master Class with @ZoeWhishaw essential elements of an effective website for photographers http://bit.ly/1KqQ8TW #photography #London

Our Master Class

What are the essential elements of an effective website for photographers?  Come and find out at Zoe’s Master Class on 22nd October 2015.  Book your place here


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Our New Competition! #street #photography #London #exhibition #prizemoney http://bit.ly/1DX63gj

Our New Competition!

If you fancy yourself as a street photographer, enter our competition for the chance to be exhibited in a central London venue and win £1,000. All you have to do is submit your images. More information here

 


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Our theme for 19th-21st May 2016 Festival is: The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire #photography #London #londonphotofestival

Our next Festival will be 19th-21st May 2016 and the theme is ‘The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire’ – your image must contain least one element or they can contain a combination of all/some of the elements.  Your images must not have been exhibited at the Festival before. The closing date for submissions is: 10th April 2016