What Things Make A Good Black And White Photograph?

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Things that look good in black and white photography:

Start with raw, natural materials, like rocks, metal to give you an understanding of form and texture.
Pay close attention to form, shading, pattern and tone.

Take note of how the contrast creates shapes, such as lines. These lines then create a feeling by either staying straight or bending or going away from view.

Feel the impact of the shapes make a pattern.

See how the texture of the subject creates the feeling and how shape with this texture gives the subject a new presence on your photo.
Look at the different shades of light work in with each other, and the relationship they have with each other, some against, some with, and how the dark aspects of light can work to enhance the photos feel.
There are a lot of photographers that prefer black and white photography because the world changes when it is in black and white. If you really want to define a subject’s form, then switching to black and white to take that photo will emphasize all the details you miss in colour. When there is a distinct contrast, with dark shades and bright light you’ll be able to see things you didn’t really see before.

Black and white is particularly good if you like working with abstract. The black and white medium lends itself to abstract forms because it removes colour and in doing so shows the graphic elements of the photograph. This then gives us the opportunity to explore the subject a lot more closely and in depth.

If you want to take classy black and white photos with fine detail, super sharp focus, clarity and depth, take a look at Digital Photography Success. This e-book package includes excellent step-by-step instructions on how to master black and white photography, easily and without technical jargon. It covers high contrast issues, editing your black and white photography, giving your black and whites a timeless look, black and white portraits and much more. Learn how to shoot professional photos – just like those you see in glossy black and white photography magazines.

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black & white photography,black and white photography,black and white photography techniques, black and white photography tips, learn black and white photography

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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  14. Jane Dally says:

    Just a tip: I don’t know how many poorly-lit color photos I’ve “saved” by converting to B/W.

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  17. Lachlan says:

    What about skin? Can you do an article on skin tones in black and white?

  18. Sally Lync says:

    I love black and white photography.

  19. George says:

    Some of these are totally gorgeous. B/W is still a fabulous photographic medium. Your black and white photos would look fabulous on my wall at home.
    Great shots Amy!

  20. Basil says:

    I never knew how black and white photography can really transform your images.

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  22. Sam says:

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