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.
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:
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.
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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