… but that’s good.
My personal challenge of tackling black and white (b&w) photography this month is liberating. I have to use my brain. I have to struggle. I have to fail. And I learn.
Thank you, dear helpers
I have a Nikon D5200. In case you are looking and confused like I was, even after reading the manual, the menu feature you want is Picture Control. From there, you can choose the monochrome (among others) setting. This way, you can see b&w in your display, which was my goal yesterday.
While I could get the freedom of manual back on the body of the camera, the auto-focus on the lens wouldn’t work properly. I have had problems manually focusing the lens in the past, likely because of my poor eyesight, but didn’t have too much trouble today.
Day 2 Theme: Street and Establishing Shots, skipped for now
Since we are temporarily living in quiet Canadian suburbia where tumbleweed bumbling down the middle of the road would not look out of place, I’m going to wait on this one. (If tumbleweed would grace us with its presence, I could have a foreground subject.)
Instead, I’ll share a few shots from practicing around the outside of the house in the late evening. Here’s to daylight past 10pm!
Lessons from today
As fantabulous Desleyjane reminded me, contrast, contrast, contrast! Agreed. Having my display in b&w helped me to see that I need to keep practicing to train my eye to see photos completely differently than with colour. It’s really challenging for me to figure out what will provide enough contrast to get a picture that isn’t boring or confusing as to what the subject is.
Hitoshi made a great point about how light is so important because it’s all you have to work with. While this is the same with colour photos, I no longer have a wider spectrum to compensate.
I discovered while editing the photos that blurriness seems to be more noticable, even shrinking them to the larger 1024×768, compared to colour pictures.
As for contrast, I only altered the potted plant one. I don’t think it’s great and something seems off with it, but I still like it and it will be another benchmark for improvement.
If you’re doing Photo101, how are things going for you so far? If you’ve got feedback for me on these first few attempts, please share! I’m in full learning mode.