Shooting in black and white forces a photographer to amp up their game. Without being able to fall back on bright colors, the photos have to be compelling in different ways. This challenge is well worth it, though. Just like black and white portraits capture the soul of a person, great black and white pictures show the essence of their subject. Here are a few things you should especially pay attention to when shooting B&W pictures.
- Shapes and forms
These aspects are alway important in photography, but for black and white photos the stakes are higher. At the same time, the black and white shooting process makes it easier to work on composition, contrast, etc. As the additional color noise disappears, you automatically start to look at the structure of your photos. So whether you create monochromatic photos in post-processing or shoot in black and white directly, you can gain a lot from B&W photography.
For more information on black and white photography, check out these resources.
Digital Camera World — Black and white photography: how to make monochrome stunning
This article has a lot of tips for creating B&W photos. It covers some basic things to keep in mind and also how you can improve B&W pictures in post-processing.
Tuts+ — Mastering the Art of Black and White Photography
In this blog post you’ll find different photography subjects that look great in black and white, and a list of B&W photographers for inspiration.
Black and White Photos
Here is a collection of B&W photos selected from our Flickr group.