• The Tangariro Circuit in NZ's North Island is straight out of Lord of the Rings. Mike White.
    The Tangariro Circuit in NZ's North Island is straight out of Lord of the Rings. Mike White.
  • Black and white pics up the hot steam rising out of Tongariro NP, in NZ's North Island. Mike White.
    Black and white pics up the hot steam rising out of Tongariro NP, in NZ's North Island. Mike White.
  • Black and white can really bring out the emotion of a subject. Reunion Island. Brent McKean.
    Black and white can really bring out the emotion of a subject. Reunion Island. Brent McKean.
  • The Tangariro Circuit in NZ's North Island is straight out of Lord of the Rings. Mike White.
    The Tangariro Circuit in NZ's North Island is straight out of Lord of the Rings. Mike White.
  • Black and white brings out the details of this delicate orchard. Reunion Island, off Africa. Brent McKean.
    Black and white brings out the details of this delicate orchard. Reunion Island, off Africa. Brent McKean.
  • The timeless landscape of Reunion Island, which is a part of France but located off the southeast coast of Africa. Brent McKean.
    The timeless landscape of Reunion Island, which is a part of France but located off the southeast coast of Africa. Brent McKean.
  • A fossil found on the Larapinta Trail, NT. Brent McKean.
    A fossil found on the Larapinta Trail, NT. Brent McKean.
  • Walking on the convict path, Dharug National Park, NSW. John Palsson.
    Walking on the convict path, Dharug National Park, NSW. John Palsson.
  • A rocky trail on Dharug National Park, NSW. Johan Palsson.
    A rocky trail on Dharug National Park, NSW. Johan Palsson.
  • Black & white brings out lots of details of this Cape Barren goose taken on Maria Island. Credit: Greg Clarke and www.mariaislandwalk.com.au
    Black & white brings out lots of details of this Cape Barren goose taken on Maria Island. Credit: Greg Clarke and www.mariaislandwalk.com.au
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The theme for the March photo comp is ' Black & White'. Black & White photography evocates moody and haunting landscapes, and expressive, detailed faces. Some say it gets to the 'soul' of the subject.

Here are a few tips for that great b&w photos and here's a link to upload your photo.

Shoot in Colour
Shoot in colour and do your conversion to b&w later on your computer. While most digital cameras offer you the option to shoot in b&w you have more control over your end results if you have the colour data to work with in your conversion on your computer.

Consider the subject
Some subjects lend themselves to colour but are not nearly so effective in b&w i.e a sunset. On the other hand, some subjects are ideally suited to b&w like faces and old buildings. Saying that landscapes can look amazing in b&w too.

Low ISO
Shoot with the lowest possible ISO possible. While this is something that most of us do in colour photography it is particularly important when it comes to b&w where 'noise' created by ISO can become even more obvious.

Low contrast
Many digital photographers prefer to shoot images for b&w in low contrast situations. So a dark or overcast day can be a great time to shoot outdoor b&w shots.

Consider composition
Look at shapes, tones and textures in your frame as points of interest as you don't have colour to draw the eye to the centre. Pay particularly attention to shadows and highlights which will become a feature of your shot.

For more info on b&w photography click here.

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