NORTHUMBERLAND CAMERA CLUB: Simplicity is key to beauty of a black and white photo

We always see splendid black and white photos and this month was no exception, despite the club's theme for April being all about colour.

Sunday, 6th May 2018, 1:37 pm
Updated Monday, 7th May 2018, 11:31 am
Tracey Watson, Monochrome Loch

Black and white often works best with simplicity, showing line and form and I chose these images because they did just that.

We can learn a lot from looking at images like these.

Stephen Cooper, Newbiggin

A new month arrives with a new monthly theme: Changing shutter values. Switch to shutter priority. Experiment with fast and slow shutter times.

Try really long exposures on a tripod to get water creamy smooth, or really fast speeds to stop action.

Discover how you can easily under or over expose in this mode by fixing the ISO and exceeding the range of the aperture by making the shutter time too fast or slow.

Research and read about stopping and showing motion.

Michael Brewis, Best Friends

For more advice and information, check out my blog:

This week’s theme words are ‘Soft’ and ‘Slow’. Keep on clicking!

Join the Gazette’s Northumberland Camera Club on Facebook at and post images there, tagging them #PicNorthumberland

For more tips from Ivor, check out his website:

Darren Chapman, Moon
Malcolm Ross, Behind Lynemouth Power Station
Dave Henderson, Charlies Garden