What Makes a Good Black and White Photograph

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We live in a world surrounded by color.  We are comfortable with color.  We love to photograph in color because that is how most of us see.  We see the color of the leaves, the color of the sky, the color of the grass. The more colorful the scenery, the more people want to capture it, buy it and display it.  But what color images tends to lack that black and white photography entails is a real focus on texture, contrast, detail and perspective.   Without color a good B&W photo has to depend on tones, shading, shadows, transitions and lines.

Indeed, beautiful B&W photography doesn’t attract with its play of colors. It attracts with its detail, composition and emotion.

People tend to study a B&W photograph longer since it does not spoon feed all the information about a subject to the viewer. A viewer will study the details, speculate on the possible colors and really see the subject for its true potential.

In my following blog posts, I will touch upon the following points. Regardless of whether you plan to take a photograph in B&W or decide later to convert a photograph from color to B&W, these points will help you refine your vision.

  • Impact
  • Tones/Shading
  • Light
  • Shadows
  • Texture
  • Perspective
  • Contrast

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