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One common mistake that beginning photographers make is they get overly drawn into the context or into the subject of a photograph. Let me explain. Let's say they are photographing someone really beautiful or really handsome. Well, they are drawn towards that person. They take the picture. But then they look at the picture afterwards and they realize there was something behind them like a pole sticking straight out of their head. So, the image doesn't look very good. Yet people when they become better at photography, they of course are drawn towards the subject.
But then they look again. They look around the frame. They look a little bit deeper. And in order to create really good black-and-white images, that's what we need to do. We of course need to absorbed by the context, by the subject, and we need to be drawn into that. Then we need to look again. We need to start to analyze that the color we are seeing is just a brightness value. We have to begin to look beyond color. So, if you want to create really good black-and-white images, what I want you to do is to go out and take some pictures, but begin to look at the scene in a new way.
Of course, be absorbed in the context, in the subject matter. But then look a little bit deeper. And one of the things that I've found is that by looking deeper and by trying to create in photograph black-and- white scenes, it also help your color photographs, because it can teach you a valuable lesson which is this. When you are taking images, we need to look and we need to look again, and we need to look even deeper in order to see the entirety of a frame.
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