Black & White Photography can definitely give a particular scene a special, timeless quality. Of course, not every shot works in Black & White but some shots just look a lot more beautiful in monochrome than in color. We have listed down a few important tips for you to further improve your Black & White Photography skills. Read on!
Pay attention to Lines, Shadows & Shapes
In absence of color, light and shadow become more obvious. It is important to pay attention to lines, shadows and shapes to be able to visualize in black and white. Create a strong contrast between darkness and light.
Clarity is the key
Color photos have a wide palette of colors and gradients but in case of black & white photography, pictures look great when there’s clarity. There should be a clear black & white to guide the viewer.
Photoshop & Light room play an important role in black & white photography. There are various features in these software which can be explored to give images the right look & feel.
Shoot in HDR
HDR is great for black & white photography as it makes emphasizes on the dynamic range and edges.
Patterns are interesting because of their ordered repetition. With the use of black and white, patterns captured in a photograph are a lot more compelling as opposed to the ones with color.
Understand the right terminology: Black & White, Monochrome & Grayscale
People often tend to confuse these 3 words and don’t really understand the difference. ‘Monochrome’ is basically when a color is placed on a neutral background so black & white images which put black on a white background are monochrome images. Gray scale is a range of shades of gray without apparent color. The darkest possible shade is black, which is the total absence of transmitted of reflected light.
Using a polarizer is quite helpful when shooting reflective surfaces like water or glass, it cuts reflections of the sunlight. When color is removed from the photo, these reflections can be distracting for the overall composition.
So go ahead and click your black & whites and monochromes! Use these photographs as inspiration for your work and do share your best shots with us on our social media channels or just submit them on www.photoconcierge.com.