friends in B&W


@marshwader

Thank you for the critique, I appreciate it. I change the image to B&W and I agree, it looks better like this. When do you suggest taking street shots in color or do you always use B&W in streetphotography.
Hi Paula, I often change of monochrome because it looks more edgy. I understand with all the wonderful colours of South Africa it may seem odd to loose them, but it always simplifies the picture and you are not distracted by colour. Now changing just to black and white or grayscale isn't enough you need to play around with the colours (even though it is in B&W) to get the interesting punchy monochrome you want. I am obviously unsure of what software you are using, but the industry standard is Photoshop (or elements) and now increasingly so, Lightroom. If you google using PS or LR to make monochrome pictures, I am sure you will find loads on the internet. Now looking at this image it is much better, but there are quite a lot of white blobs in the background and that will always distract the eye. you want the eye to be on these young boys. Either remove (clone or heal) them away, or crop so they are gone. Also using a vignette to darken the corners, but just a tad (not too much) can have that desired effect. My final point is are you shooting in RAW or jPegs? The latter will not give you anywhere nearly as much information than the former! I won't go into more detail at this moment, but wait for your reply! Good luck anyway!
posted April 1st, 2016  
Thank you for your advise! I use Smart Photo Editor. I follow your advise about the monochrome and used a vignette to slightly darken the corners. I've replace the picture ... and it looks better. I think the focus is on the children now as it should be. I shoot in jPegs.
@marshwader
posted April 1st, 2016  
I liked the one in color but this one is much more dramatic.
posted April 1st, 2016  
What a great picture! Good range of tones too.
posted April 1st, 2016  
@paulavdmerwe Check this site out about RAW. This is one of many sites with loads of information explaining why you should shoot in RAW! Good luck! https://www.slrlounge.com/workshop/dynamic-range-and-raw-vs-jpeg/
posted April 1st, 2016  
Lovely depiction of friendship. Very nice in b&w.
posted April 2nd, 2016  
I didn't see the color one but this looks like a painting and like there is such an interesting story to tell.
posted April 2nd, 2016  
This is fantastic in black and white.
posted April 2nd, 2016  
cool candid
posted April 2nd, 2016  
I prefer colour.
posted April 2nd, 2016  
@marshwader Thank you Madeleine!
posted April 2nd, 2016  
I like the comp and focus - great shot :-)
posted May 4th, 2016  
bep
Very nice, Paula.
posted June 1st, 2016  
I don't do monochrome. but your picture makes me want to try it. fav.
posted July 4th, 2016  
Fabulous photo. FAV
posted July 14th, 2016  
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