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What makes a good black and white photo? How do you know when to convert an image to black and white, and when to keep it in color? Is it best to shoot in monochrome mode or convert later on the computer? These are all questions I get asked frequently. Here are a few tips to help you sort out when to shoot black and white, when to convert, and what to look for to create more dynamic black and white images.

This article will help you understand how to photograph glassware including equipment needed, setup, lighting, and helpful tips for working with both a white, and black background for two different looks. Learn how to work with and control light even if you never want to photograph any glassware.

Get a sense of learning to see light by looking at images in monochrome, or black and white. It reduces photography to purely tones and shapes and helps eliminate distractions. Black and white can be high contrast and dramatic as well and has a very different mode than color. Enjoy this set of black and white images to look at the light.

Valerie Jardin talks about street photography. Here's a short list of a few of the things you will learn about in this interview:

- how to take storytelling images
- how to get started photographing people if you're nervous about it
- the best lens for street photography
- keeping the photography passion alive
- post processing and black and white
- how to get over that "grass is greener" feeling, and get out shooting in your own area
- what is the "Decisive Moment" and how to use it in your photography
- photographing people on the street: is it okay, what to look for, approach
- when do you need a model release for people photography, what are the rules

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