Travel Photography Tips
Colour is extremely important in capturing the essence of a destiny. A market place in Morocco comes to mind. Having said that, we should keep in mind that we don't control our surroundings and sometimes colour doesn't add anything, on the contrary, it only distracts the viewer from the main theme of our photo.
The strength of a black-and-white image lies in its composition. Unlike with colour photography where vivid hues can command attention, black-and-white captures rely heavily on their content in order to engage viewers with the frame. Using a few key compositional pointers can go a long way in helping you to strengthen the structure of your black-and-white shots.
One of the most popular compositional rules for monochrome photography is the use of lead-in lines. Use them to enhance or even create an illusion of depth that can then guide the viewer's gaze through the entire frame. Lead-in lines don't necessarily need to be straight either, think creatively when composing for black-and-white and look for diagonals or even curves.
For more dynamic compositions, focus on framing bold shapes that will noticeably stand in the foreground or background of your shot. This will help to add structure to your monochrome image and, in good light, can offset contrast nicely too.
Photographing textured surfaces is another great compositional guide for black and white. Ideal if lighting conditions appear a little flat, you can include textured surfaces to naturally increase contrast areas and add an additional visual element to the frame. This can be applied to portraiture with weathered skin, as well as street photography as brickwork translates incredibly well when converted.
The photo in this article was taken in the Cascais area and the entire scene suggested black-and-white. The shoot is about the lead-in lines, the textured sky, the people, and specially the baby's face. No need for colour.