3 Tips for Amazing Black and White Photography

Black and White photography is one of my favorite categories of images. It reminisces of home darkrooms and large format cameras. One of the most beautiful aspects of it though, is the amazing depth that can be captured even without color. These tips should help you capture some of that depth in your own monochrome images.

1. Keep it simple.

When you are photographing in B&W there isn't any color to provide contrast. This means that you have to rely on light and shapes to create your image. This usually means that you have to keep your compositions simple and powerful.

This image shows a very simple composition which keeps the emphasis on the light and shaped of these old cushions.

2.  Contrast is your friend.

Unlike color images, monochromatic photos do really well is there are small parts of the image which are pure white and parts which are pure black. This provides contrast, and it also ensures that you get a wide range of grays.

This image has both white and black which provides contrast and depth.

3. Textures provide detail

Because black and white images have no color, monochrome pictures do much better if something pops in the image. Texture helps do this because it adds detail that isn't related to color, ensuring that there a points of intrigue throughout your image.

This image has both smooth and rough textures which adds to its appeal.

-Graceson Aufderheide

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