Tips for Taking Black-and-White Photos

MatthewA By MatthewA, 23rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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In the early days of photography, photos were all black and white! Of course, today black and white photography is far less prevalent. However, black-and-white photography can still be a good alternative to color photos. Here are a few tips for more effective black-and-white photography.

Tips for Taking Black-and-White Photos

To begin with, your camera may or may not have a black-and-white photo mode. If it does have a black and white photo mode you still may want to consider taking the photo in color, especially if you shoot in JPEG mode. Then you can covert the photo into black and white with an image editing software package. Even more basic image editing software packages have black and white image editing software options, and with the editing software, you will be provided with more black and white editing options.

Black-and-white photography has certain nostalgia. After all, it was the heyday of photography during the Victorian era of the 19th century. As such, why not take account of this for potential black-and-white photography subjects? To do so, consider taking black and white photos of subjects that might have been photographed back in the 19th century.

To expand upon this further, you could consider taking a black-and-white photograph of an old 19th century building. Visit old town squares and Victorian buildings such as Osborne House that have probably been photographed in black and white before. Or alternatively, preserved Victorian steam locomotives on steam railways may also make for a suitable black and white photo subjects. This can then really give the photo a more nostalgic feel, as if it were actually taken during the Victorian period.

Black-and-white photography can also be a good alternative to color photography on more overcast or cloudy days for landscape photography. This is when there is a low contrast during more grey days, which is not ideal for color photography. However, if you take the color shots on such days and then convert the photos to black and white with image editing software this can make all the difference to the photo. Or alternatively, if your camera does have a black and white photo option, you can select it.

Black-and-white photograph can also capture and highlight shadows more effectively. As such, it’s also worth targeting shadows more with black-and-white photography as these can have more impact in black-and-white photos.

On a final note, if printing a black-and-white photo consider selecting color ink. Print in full color mode as this usually provides higher quality prints than black and white printer ink settings. Use photo quality printing paper to further enhance black and white prints.

These are just a few tips for black and white digital photography. With your digital camera you can take some great black and white photos in combination with image editing software options.


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