Black and White photo of a Jazz Bassist playing on the street in Paris by Notre Dame.
This weekend we went for a walk in Paris with some family and I took my camera with me. I figured that most of the time my best shots are taken at times when I didn’t plan to go shooting but where I captured some great sky, handheld etc. This time was no exception.
As we walked across one of the many bridges to Notre Dame this jazz man was playing on the other side of the street. His happy attitude, great clothing and cheerfulness was fun. If you are in Paris and are walking around there, look out for him and buy his CD or drop him some coins.
I processed the photo in Lightroom only and did the black and white effect by de-saturating all the areas around selectively. It’s not perfect for a real black and white photo but it keeps some color and thus a little more warmth.
And I did add a tiny bit to the bass to make it pop a little.
Couple of tips on shooting people impromptu:
1. Don’t shoot with 100 iso, bump it up. I would say go with 400 or maybe a little more even in daylight. You want to capture expressions and you need to be quick.
2. Shoot highest quality possible, because you may need to crop out stuff in order to get a great expression, and the higher the quality the better it will be when you zoom. And it follows that you should shoot a little wider than “perfect framing” so you have space to cut.
3. Shoot in continous mode, you’ll waste lots of images – but you are more likely to get that one shot that looks great.
4. The best moments to shoot are probably when you don’t have your camera, so try to take it with you a little more.