Why We Shoot In Black and White

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Colour Can Distract

Clothing, busy background and colour objects can take away from the moment of the photo.  The black and white images allow your brain to focus only on the main element of the photo and the emotional message is more easily conveyed as our brains become more perceptive and focused on the images core itself.  Taking away distractions gives you a focused image that is often more powerful and spectacular.

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You’ll See Light Differently

With outdoor lighting in particular, you will miss out on that golden afternoon glow but you will also gain a more focused shot.  The shot will lead your eye to  focus more on the direction, quantity and quality of light in the black and white shot.  As a photographer learning how to read and play with different elements of light in this way is a fantastic skill that helps play up emotion in the shot. The relationship between the starkness of the light and dark can be more interesting to shoot than the regular colour shots.  Light and the relationship with my subject (and the shadows that form) as well as other complementary elements of the individual become the focus, rather than the colour of elements in the frame.

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It Helps Emphasize Emotion

Looking at someone’s face, or into their eyes, without the distraction of color can provide a stronger emotional connection to the subject. It’s not necessarily always the case, but if like me, you often feel more connected to a person in a black and white image over a color image, this could be the reason why. With color gone, it’s purely about the connection you have with the subject.  The color of the trees and shrubs, buildings and lamp posts are all irrelevant as the focus becomes the emotional bond between the embracing family.
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Its A Classic
One of the most common reasons people want to shoot in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images. This is because we still think of black and white as being a throwback to the photographic past. Of course, it is in terms of black and white was much more prevalent before color, but this is still a great reason to shoot black and white. Black and white never seems to fade from being fashion forward and its seen as an elegant and sophisticated choice by many of my clients.

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It Amplifies Your Use of Space

Negative space – the areas of the frame that have nothing in them, are easier to showcase and highlight when shooting black and white. This relates back to minimizing distractions from not shooting in color. You tend to focus on light and dark areas of the frame – and their inter-relationship. Playing with negative space is also useful in separating your subject nicely from the background and give added depth to the image.  Black and white can help to highlight a shape and form or pattern in the image that might be overlooked in a full colour image.
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To Highlight Beauty and Skin Tones

It doesn’t matter what race, color or background you happen to be – black and white photography provides wonderful tonal range between the deepest blacks and the whitest whites. Garishly colorful makeup is no longer distracting.  Pigments, discoloration and distracting elements of the skin can become less obvious. I particularly love this when I am emphasizing a newborns skin and wrinkles.  Its that light bath or glow if you like that separates the baby from everything else and proves to shape our attention directly at the newborn.

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Treasure the Time through Photography

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Parents, Grandparents and elders have stopped me over the  years to tell me the same thing: cherish every moment. It goes too fast. One day they are little and the next, they’re not. They say it while staring fondly, wistfully, at my kids. Watching their faces, I can tell that some part of them is replaying a memory of when their  own children were small and needed them more.  This for me is the reason why I love what I do as a photographer.  I am able to help parents capture these moments that fly by in an eternal print and frame.  We can savor our memories of our young children by looking loving at an old photograph of them just being themselves.  Photographs give you that personal insight into their state of mind and capabilities at that specific time.  A photograph inspires our memory, brings back a particular smell or feeling we had in that moment and for every parent that instant insight is priceless.

 

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Parents come back each year for that annual shoot time and time again as they recognize how the fast the special moments of their little ones childhoods fly by.  Photos help you treasure and relive these moments as you reflect back on the growth and achievements of your children over the days, months and years.

 

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Perhaps the best quote I have heard this week is that “they are older today than yesterday and time is not slowing down.”   All we can do is preserve time and this is what Tomato Photo does best.

 

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Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore – take your camera!

It’s the weekend and time to keep the kids entertained. We loved exploring Singapore this week to give you the top five places to take the kiddies for some summer fun. Here are our suggestions on the best playgrounds in Singapore. Don’t forget to take your camera, its always a photo worthy moment when family plays together

 

Jacob Ballas – Botanical Gardens

We love this spot its perfect for kiddies of all ages to enjoy with an emphasis on the environment and learning more about the garden. With a wet area for play its perfect for cooling down on a hot summers day after climbing the huge tree house. Use a park bench or tree stub to hold you camera and set the timer the perfect family portrait

 

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East Coast Park

Whether is fun on the beach or riding your bicycle this park has you covered. We love to take advantage of the family friendly bicycle tracks and then cool down in the sea for a swim followed by a yummy ice cream from New Zealand Natural. No worries if you don’t have a bike, simply hire one by the hour for priceless family fun. No need for a flash on hot sunny days – just pick up your camera and snap away

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Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

We just love the water play area, its huge! Don’t worry if you have tiny tot, there is a dedicated play area for toddlers. This spot is great for hot summer days and you can finish it off with a soft serve from Mc Donald’s. Take your camera and focus on getting awesome shoots of splashes and wet smiley facesFamily_photographer_singapore

 

 

Woodlands waterfront

If your kiddies love to climb then this is the spot for your family. With a huge tower surrounded by rope to climb this fort will keep your kids amused for hours. We also recommend a walk along the boardwalk area, the perfect spot for a family snap in the late afternoon.

Pasir Ris Park

 For those families who need a stroller friendly activity then this is perfect for you. The boardwalk gives you the opportunity to be among nature and spot mud crabs whilst pushing your stroller along leisurely. Make sure you take some mozzie spray for this outing and a flash for your camera is a definite must if you are taking afternoon family snapsfamily_Photography_Singapore

 


Natural Light vs Flash for Children Photography

Natural light is soft, beautiful and it is free. I spend majority of my professional life dedicated to shoot natural light… that was before I understand flash photography.

As much as I love the soft quality of the natural light, in Singapore, it is very challenging to be depended upon for indoor session. It is always rainy or cloudy. Plus with the movement of the baby, it makes pin sharp images become stressful at times.

With even purpose built natural light studio like one I have, I have to control the direction of the natural light using different flag and reflector to get it right. The worst is when you are ready, the cloud just move and cover the sun… great!!! working with natural light limit my shooting time… so for client’s benefit, I started to control the light using flash with help from my great Mentor who show me beyond how to set light, but how to “feel” with light.

I started to understand how to change the light to enhance my vision and i feel this is a new beginning for me… it was not easy at first…

I try to create soft and flat images for the little baby as requested by the parent, here is one with natural light and one with flash, personally, I like the flash version better and I think the baby agree with me too… 🙂

I use ISO 100 instead of 800 and shoot at smaller aperture at the same shutter speed, so the result is sharper and the image is a lot more crisp and it print a lot better. With all of my work are printed, flash is the way to go for me and I can control it the way I wanted. The first is with natural light and the second is with flash.

Interestingly, I read about the comparison that a great OZ photographer, Sue Bryce on the testing as well… here is the small video on youtube by Creative Live… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o2wlNkr108

Regards,

Hart Tan
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