Black and White Flower Photography

The secret to taking stunning black and white flower photography is this: choose your flowers carefully. What looks good in black and white generally, will look good as you change your colour flower into a black and white one.

Firstly, chose flowers that have striking colour and tone. Red and white roses as macro flower photography images look particularly dynamic when turned into black and white.

Let’s take for example this first flower. I’ve chosen a red rose to turn into a black and white flower photography image.

Black and white flower photography

I’ve chosen this flower because I know for a fact that a dynamic red such as this, looks fantastic in black and white.

Here’s what it looks like as a black and white image:

black and white flower photography- red rose turned black and white

This image has now changed from a dynamic, energetic flower into a fairly dramatic, yet subtle form. Black and white flower photography can remain dramatic and still keep the subtle and feminine elements that make flower photography so appealing.

White looks good in black and white. Sound too simple? You’d be right. You see when we take a white flower in the black and white medium, we experience a higher level of contrast due to the change to greyscale.

Here we have a few beautiful white flowers and we are going to change the colour to greyscale.

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Lea Csontos has taken this beautiful flower and I’ve simply changed it into black and white. To bring out the pure white contrast of the flower I simply changed the image to grey scale and we can see how the natural, pure white of the flower has carried it’s way to being a stunning black and white flower photography image.

Choose your light carefully. Subdued and filtered light is always best for getting started in black and white flower photography. A black and white flower photo will loose precious detail and contrast if too much sun or light floods the image.

The same goes for too little light. Black and white flower photography certainly relies on moody and delicate light, but be careful not to mistake this for a flower photography image being underexposed.

Successful black and white flower photography depends very much on creating a soft, filtered light, along with some stark colours to bring out the natural intensity.This is why red, white and even purple and blue can create some spectacular examples for stunning black and white photography images.

White flower image copyright to Lea Csontos.

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About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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  1. Julia says:

    Amy, this is a fantastic article! I love black and white flower photography, I have tried to do it a lot but the photos just didn’t turn out. I didn’t realize that the colors of the actual flower would make the difference. So brilliant, so simple.

    I bought your ebooks by the way- fabulous! I never knew half that stuff about what you can do with your camera, just a few smll things makes all the differnce.

    Thanks again, I love your stuff.

    • Mutuelle familiale says:

      Pas mal du tout, je trouve que certaines fleurs ressortent mieux en noir et blanc qu’en couleur sur les photos. je ne manquerai pas de partager votre blog à un ami à moi passionné de photographie


      • I agree, they do indeed, and merci Amelie.

        For a translation: “Not bad at all, I think some flowers stand out better in black and white and color photos. I will certainly share your blog to a friend of mine photography enthusiast. Amelie”

  2. Daune says:

    How to Achieve Picture Perfect Shots via Digital Photography

    Gone are the times when photographers had to take several shots of an image and develop them to find out if a fine or even perfect image was taken. Several photographers of this art form refer to this technique as trial and error.

    Nowadays, there are a numbers of photographers who have decided to shift from regular point and shoot and old SLR models to digital ones. Through DSLRs, they can get more time to concentrate in taking those great pictures since images that are not par with their standards can simply be deleted away.

    SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. The name implies the use of lenses and a mirror. Mirror reflects light entering the lens up into the viewfinder. Thus, a photographer can estimate how the image will likely appear when it is developed. Moreover, a SLR camera uses separate lenses that can be interchanged depending on the resolution needed. Hence, this camera can be used to capture image with varying depths.

    Likewise, a digital SLR or DSLR camera uses lenses and mirror. But instead of a film that records the image, a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory. In other words, a DSLR camera is the computerized version of the traditional SLR camera.

    However, the functions of these models are rather different so it is suggested that users spend time getting familiar or acquainted with these gadgets. Owners should use that trial and error technique by taking a few shots and storing better pictures. Sooner or later, users can surely hack these models.

    Individuals who decide on using these types of cameras should really invest on memory cards and lenses. Thus, if they happen to become professionals someday, additional equipment will surely keep them busy for choosing photography as a career.

    Here are some helpful tips that will definitely aid owners of DSLR cameras in capturing a perfect image using the new art of digital photography.

    Normally, people take full body shots against a background. However, it is more appropriate to take a shot from shoulders up or an upper body one because image of those in the picture really appear small.

    If doing the above technique happens to be difficult for the user, he or she can take a shot of the person with him or her at one side rather than at the center. Then the owner can just zoom in so the person appears to be at the center.

    The law of optics remains the same whether using an old or a digital camera. For instance, if the sun is behind an image, the picture will be silhouette. If light is in front of the image, the picture will appear squint unless there are sunglasses on.

    Use your sunglass to act as a polarizer to take away unnecessary reflections from glaring objects.

    You can also use a sunglass to increase the exposure of objects.

    When using a polarizer, be sure that the source of light is perpendicular to the object.

    Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting bright landscapes and outdoor portraits.

    Do not use the flash mode when the setting is already sunny.

    Zoom in to emphasize a certain asset or characteristic of the subject being captured.

    Practice. Practice. Practice.

    It suffices to say that the techniques in getting the perfect shot have not changed. However, using digital cameras and employing this new art of digital photography have simply improved photo shooting by making capturing pictures easy for everyone.

    In other words, practice is what really makes perfect shots!

  3. Bob Johnson says:

    A great piece – thank you so much for posting it. I would definitely recommend thet every one else should have a look at it.

  4. Samy Sosi says:

    I understand the point that you were trying to focus on. I’m just not sure if this is going to make a lot of sense or be even relevent for a lot of people. Maybe I am just getting focused in on a little detail that really doesn’t make a difference in the big picture. I’m hoping that I’m not overwhelming you at all, but does that make sense? Do you see where I am going with that. I feel like my brain is competing/fighting me to find the right words to try and get my point across. Oh well, good post, I liked it.

  5. Barry says:

    I liked this article. My wife loves taking black and white and she really enjoyed this article. It’s helped her get some really great shots. Thanks Amy. Keep up the excellent work.

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  10. Gary Seronik says:

    thank you for a terrific article, I really love digital photography. I’ve tried many times to shoot this very topic, but have not had pleasing results. I’ve printed off this article and am now going to try again. Thank you for making it so easy for us beginner digital photography enthusiasts.

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  17. Ronnie says:

    Thanks for your thoughts on this important photography topics.

  18. Sally says:

    Can you explain how the mid tones work in black and white photography and why the photo is better when they’re not there.

  19. bogaz says:

    I love black and white flower photography, thanks for all the great info!

  20. Cassie Jones says:

    Stunning collection. Makes me want to pick up my camera and go. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. mutuelle says:

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  23. Jason says:

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  24. CNA Training says:

    Amy- Beautiful pictures. I’ve always loved black and white photography!

  25. Gerek Allen says:

    Thanks for the info from this post. It really was well thought out, it flowed great and it was very enlightening. I was actually quite amazed at how relevant the information was to my needs and how I’ll be able to use this information to better my life. I really appreciate it and keep up the great work.

  26. Pamela Sabnani says:

    Would it be possible to purchase some of the b+w flower photos in high res as shown above? I really love them and would to print and put them up in my home.

  27. John Masting says:

    Thanks for a great website Amy. Love your monthly ezine, keep up the great work. – John

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