Black & White

The art of Black and White photography has been reverberating among those with taste and style for over a century and it is not likely to die anytime soon. Although some critics believe that black and white is no more the true style to depict your moments and memories others still follow in the footsteps of the masters who produced classic in black and white out of choice. This often heated debate between the two side seems to be a never-ending difference of opinion where the only resort is often an agreement to disagree. Let’s find out why black and white isn’t dead!

black-and-white-50272_640Black and White’s technique is often used to give a deeper – yet sometimes darker as well – meaning to the image. With the color constraints out of the way, the ambiance created more effectively portrays the capture in the light photographers want it to be seen. Talking about light, black and white photography is largely based on light and the look it gives in different types of light is what most photographers play with, yet it is the same factor that gives the photographer a room of play.


Several techniques in Black and White photography are used to highlight different emotional aspects of human body and body language, which is simply not possible in a color photograph. It gives the picture a rather classy look that changes a seemingly random picture into a masterpiece.


Photographers often use black and white techniques to highlight elements in the surroundings such as the architectural features of a building, patterns in the landscape and different shapes in the surroundings. Negative space is also used very effectively, which reminds one of Dadaism; an art movement that was mostly done in black and white.


From Japanese nude photography to simple everyday portraits photographers also use the technique to highlight body features and skin tone along to create timeless captures. The two-tone composition is often deeper than the same in a color image because the composition can be highlighted better in black and white than in any other technique.

chess-140340_640Tips for Black and White Photography:

  1. Try to visualize your image in Black and White before you shoot mapping the image on the basis of composition, lines, lighting, and shapes.
  2. Click in Raw before you convert it to black and white, sometimes the image perceived perfect doesn’t turn out to be near perfect. Raw saves you the image in both modes.
  3. The key to best black and white pictures is often the tonal contrasts that allow you to highlight certain objects just because they were in a better light area.
  4. Long exposures often create effects that are otherwise not possible or hardly possible even on the digital imagery. Try different durations to get the grip on it.
  5. Use polarizers and keep a look out for a wide range of Grey when you are out for a photography day. Tones of Grey add a natural finesse to the image.
September 22, 2016

Black and White Photography

The art of Black and White photography has been reverberating among those with taste and style for over a century and it is not likely to […]