Black and white photography is becoming increasingly popular in the world of scrapbooking. Although black and white photography is often associated with heritage photos, the technique can work surprisingly well in contemporary scrapbooking projects.
Why Choose Black and White Photography?
Black and white photography offers many advantages for scrapbookers. For example:
Essential Black and White Photography Tips
While black and white photography tends to be very forgiving, it’s still a good idea to remember the basic principles of photography. For example, you’ll want to remember the “rule of thirds” when setting up your shot. Instead of simply centering your subject in the middle of the frame, try to visualize the frame divided into three sections both horizontally and vertically before placing your subject at one of the intersections.
Additional tips to remember when composing your shots include:
Adding Interest with Spot Color
In many cases, black and white photography is beautiful on its own. However, there are certain projects which can benefit from the use of spot color to enhance special details. For example, you could highlight the bright colors in a photo of your son playing with his favorite stuffed animal or add spot color to an image of the flowers in your garden.
Tinting pens can be used to add spot color to your favorite black and white prints.
You can also add spot color by digitally altering your image using software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements. For a quick tutorial on this great scrapbooking technique, visit the BioRUST Web site.