Take to the streets

Get out and about in the city to capture street activity in stunning monochrome

If there’s one genre that seems made for the black-and-white treatment, it’s street photography. Black and white helps to to create atmospheric portraits that say something not just about a person, but also about the time and place.

Before you take to the streets, however, a little location planning is essential. The two main considerations are: is it safe? And is it legal to shoot there? Under UK law, with just a few exceptions you’re within your rights to photograph street scenes as long as you stick to publicly owned streets and places (although you should note that the rules can change if you have a tripod). On private land, you can be asked to move on unless you get permission from the owner beforehand. Be aware that many places that you might think are publicly owned, such as parks and shopping centres, could in fact be private land.

As for taking pictures of people in public, again with a few exceptions, this is perfectly legal. But bear in mind that if you persist in taking photos of someone who doesn’t want their picture taken, it can be seen as harassment. The best approach is to exercise common sense, and do your research. Websites like www.photographersrights.org. uk offer useful guidance. Know your legal rights and if necessary, be prepared to argue your case against ill-informed jobsworths.

If you get into a confrontation, a friendly manner goes a long way. Explain why you’re there and what you’re doing, and if you have them, hand out business cards or direct people to your website. Think about what to bring, and what to leave behind. You need emphasise character, so it’s the perfect medium to present characters from the streets. It’s also a good simplifier. The absence of colour de-emphasises the distracting clutter of the street, and allows the viewer to concentrate on the most essential elements of the image.

Interest in street photography is sky high at the moment. Exhibitions are popping up everywhere, and there’s a new generation of cameras designed with discretion and speed in mind. It’s an intoxicating and rewarding genre of photography. And it’s an opportunity.

The art of posed street portraits

The posed approach to street portraits can seem a little daunting to begin with, but a simple “Excuse me, can I take your picture,” usually simply gave a wry smile and a nod, almost like a celebrity who gets this kind of thing all the time. If you’re feeling a little nervous about asking people, buskers can be a good place to start. They’re usually fine with photos, especially if you give them a few coins. And they’re used to having their picture taken, so will be natural in front of the camera. It can be easier to start out taking street portraits in tourist spots or at an event where lots of other people have cameras.

Photographing strangers can seem like a slightly oddball thing to do, so explaining why you’re taking the pictures will help, whether it’s for your website, an art project, a flickr group or whatever. This not only makes the pictures seem more important, it also flatters the subject by suggesting they’re interesting enough to be a part of the project.

The best posed street photos come about when you get a perfect combination of a great character, interesting background and amazing light. This doesn’t come around very often, but one way to improve your chances is to find a good location, then visit it at the times of day when the light is best (usually morning does the trick. Some people might ignore you, others politely decline, some will ask why you want to do it, while most will be in bemused agreement. Of the 30 or so people we asked during our morning shoot in Bristol, well over half were willing. In some cases, interesting characters will be used to being asked for their picture.

Lose the colour and look for leading lines in architecture to achieve a fine-art effect

By isolating and removing the context of your subject you can create an intense abstract result. When you start to look at the form and structure of a building, it gets more interesting the closer bend slightly. We can easily fix this flaw at the editing stage, however, using the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop.

Although we opted for a wide-angle lens for this shoot, there’s no correct focal length for a shoot like this. If you shoot using a long telephoto lens, you’ll need to stand well back from your subject and zoom in. You also may want to consider shooting from an alternative angle.

Try shooting straight on, above or below your subject, but always make sure you use the existing lines in the architecture to lead the eye through the image. That way you’ll be sure to capture a winner.

you come in. Modern architecture is particularly effective for this type of photo shoot, and it helps to look for repetitive patterns in the building.

On our photo shoot we used a wide-angle 16-35mm lens. This enabled us to get in close and capture a creative view. The wide angle, however, did cause a problem with lens distortion, because the straight lines at the edges of the frame.

Create stunning black and white HDR images

Discover how to shoot and process high dynamic range images to create mono photos with punch

Those photographers who dislike high dynamic range (HDR) imaging complain of gaudy colours, haloed edges and overcooked tones. But by black-and-white images. If you’re new to HDR and wondering how it works, it’s very easy. You simply take several frames of the same scene while varying exposure to record extra detail in the highlights and shadows. It’s particularly useful for high-contrast scenes like the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture here, captured in London’s Olympic Park. We’ll show you how to shoot your own HDR over the next few pages, then go on to process the image using Photoshop’s Merge to HDR Pro command before tone mapping it in Camera Raw.

using HDR for black-and-white photography, you don’t need to worry about unnatural colours, so you can concentrate on processing your images to take advantage of the increased dynamic range. HDR is a very useful tool for the monochrome photographer. The ability to tease out detail, enhance texture and control the play of light and shade are all things that can lead to more punchy photos.

Shoot stunning still life subjects

Learn how to capture a beautiful black-and-white still life with nothing but window light and a tripod

W ith its emphasis on form, black and white is the perfect medium for still life photography. Removing colour focuses attention on composition and shape. Which is ideal for still life, where every decision on composition is within your creative control, from the positioning and angle of the subject, to where the shadows fall, and the look of the background. In essence, a still life photograph can be of any inanimate object or grouping of objects. Some of the greatest examples of the genre are successful because they transform seemingly mundane objects into something surprising beautiful. In the 1930s photographer Edward Weston turned a simple green pepper into a study of shape and form with a series of iconic still life images. We’ve taken inspiration from Weston by shooting our own gnarled green pepper. And if you want further inspiration then of course there’s a whole history of still life in art before photography.

Over the next few pages we’ll show you how to create still life images like the pepper here. We used
a simple setup that will work for all kinds of subjects: natural light from a window, and a dark background to emphasise the shape and play of light. Once captured, we’ll show you how to convert your still life images to moody mono, manipulate the tones to suit the subject, then add some gentle retro toning in Photoshop.

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Bryllupsfotografering ved Them Kirke

Camilla og Kenneth

Castle wedding Denmark

Charlottenlund Fort bryllup

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Fotograf Skagen

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