Henri Cartier - Bresson Inspired Photo

Introduction: Henri Cartier - Bresson Inspired Photo

In this instructable you will learn how to apply the Henri Cartier - Bresson technique to your photographs in a few simple steps! To do so you will need the following.


- Camera (phone, SLR, point and shoot, whatever you have)

- Public space/ home

- Computer for editing

- Photoshop (CS6 or anyone you have)

" Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photo from: Google images

Step 1: Get a Camera

Any camera you have will work! Phone, SLR, point and shoot etc..

photo from : google images

Step 2: Travel

Whether it be walking down the street or on the bus or even in your house, capture photographs of everyday life

(you may get strange looks...thats ok!!)

Photo: from google. Henri Cartier Bresson

Step 3: Patience

Don't spend hours on hours trying to get the perfect picture, just keep shooting and you will have one that works. Allow the pictures to come to you.

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Step 4: Photoshop

Once you've decided on a picture that best represents Henri's photography style put it into photoshop. Since all of his photos are in black and white, you will be editing your picture in photoshop. Once you've uploaded it go to

Add adjustment >Black and white

this will make your picture black and white

Photo from google images

Step 5: Curves

A good black and white picture has all of the colours on the 10 point grey scale. To achieve this you can adjust the curves by going to Layer> New adjustment layers > curves and adjust how you see fit.

Photo from google images

Step 6: Save As

Once you are happy with the picture you can save it as a JPEG

File> Save as> Formant JPEG > Save

and YOUR DONE :)

Photo from google images

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