Monday, February 11, 2013

Black & White Photography at Night...

Le Crystal Cafe Brasserie at night in black and white Paris restaurant
At night, everything can look quite magical, it's the perfect time to explore street photography.  Night photos can look a little more romantic with starbursts of light and dramatic shadows. I could spend all night just shooting street scenes! There's no rush and worries about losing light, and the pace is a little different than shooting during the day. My inspiration come from my black and white printing days, and Hungarian photographer Brassai's beautiful Paris by night photos.

Street scenes can have a classic timeless look in black and white, such as this corner cafe in Paris. With color removed, attention is directed toward all the wonderful texture, light, shadow, patterns and tonality within the composition. I used Nik Software Silver Efex Pro for black and white conversion, which offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity for selective adjustments. If you want to learn more about night photography, catch up with me for one of my seminars, workshops or online courses. Have fun shooting! ~ Deb