Black And White Photography Rules

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Black And White Photography Rules

Black and white photographs are typically composed of a range of gray tones. A strictly black and white photograph is an exception. Yet, absolute colors are an important starting point in creating a memorable photo.

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Remember that not all light, especially natural light, is created equal in photography. As a general rule, avoid taking black and white shots when the sun is at its brightest. The excessive lighting obscures detail and washes out the images. You are more likely to have a beautiful photo early morning, late afternoon and on overcast days.

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So, unless you’re trying to create a minimalist image it’s worth taking the time to capture maximum detail in the best lighting conditions possible.

9.Mid grey magic. Another important aspect that is related to having a complete tonal range and the right amount of contrasts on the right places, is to have enough mid-gray tones in your photo to make it visually pleasing and to not be overpowered by contrasts. There are many theories why mid-gray tones play an important role in a good black and white photograph, but personally I think you need some neutral ground where the eye can ‘relax’ inside of the frame, instead of looking for a refuge outside of the frame. And I think the silvery mid-gray tones add a lot to the richness of a good black and white photograph. If you would look at the great black and white photographs then just look how many of them have those silvery mid-gray tones to compensate for the drama and contrasts in a black and white photo.  I consider anything between tonal zones 4 and 8 the mid-gray area and I would recommend adding them to your portfolio of black and white photographs, in such a way it doesn’t take away from the effect you wanted to achieve.

In a sense, black and white photography eliminates time from the equation. You can compare an image from the 1940s and one shot today without feeling a gulf in time except for changes in technology and style.

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Study the work of seasoned black and white photographers. Thanks to social media, many of them share their images on major platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr. Use hashtags such as #bwportraits, #bwphotography and #blackandwhitephotos to see the work of multiple photographers. Some of them respond to your questions and are ready to explain the idea behind the picture.

Flat light is the antithesis of directional light. It produces little to no contrast between shadows and highlights and is often viewed as making pictures appear boring, lifeless and dull. Yet, flat light can make for a pretty impressive black and white art.

Thinking in black and white is crucial if you want to use filters successfully. It takes plenty of learning, practice, and failures to eventually get it right.

Yet, monochromatic photos eventually made a strong resurgence. That’s because, in many instances, these photos look even more captivating and stunning than their color equivalent. Color can be a distraction from the core story a photo tells us. Removing it helps draw the viewer’s focus on the subject and emotion of the image.

It’s certainly true that with some skilful conversion and adjustment in Photoshop post-shoot you can add drama , but the sturdier the building blocks the better your finished image will be.

When it was first introduced to the market, Silver Efex Pro was a fairly expensive program going for as much as $500. Google acquired it, slashed the price to $137 before eventually making it available for free. Since it doesn’t cost you anything, it’s always a good idea to tinker your images in Silver Efex Pro if you intend to shoot professional black and white pictures.

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One way to avoid dead spaces is to use the rule of thirds. Divide the photo frame into horizontal and vertical thirds. As opposed to having the desired subject at the center of the photo, place it at the intersection of any two of these dividing lines.

Subjects that rely on contrasting colors – such as a purple crocus against a green lawn – generally don’t work well in black and white. This is because the two colors will end up looking similar in tone when converted.

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 6.Use of adjacent tonal zones to zone 0 for low-key photographs. When you create a black and white photograph then almost every black and white photographer knows how important it is to cover a full tonal range, from zone 0 or (0,0,0) to zone 10 (255, 255, 255), that’s what Ansel Adams has been teaching us. This doesn’t mean however that when you create a dark low-key image, which you can roughly describe as an image with the emphasis on tonal zones 0 to 4, that you should use pure black from tonal zone 0 to create black. No, always avoid the use of pure black as much as possible because black is just complete absence of light, there will be no definition at all. Instead use the tonal zone adjacent to zone 0: zone 1 and zone 2. And only use tonal zone 0 for just a few percent, to complete the tonal range coverage. The result of that is that you would still have a very dark low-key image but with a silky and very subtle effect to it that isn’t hard on the eyes and is far more aesthetic. Simply because you can still see it and all the details that are in it. Remember, pure black is absence of light, you can’t see without light.

Ivan, the photographer working for Moose, explains: “I do commercial work in the photo studio equipped with to notch Profoto light and virtually infinite supply of the light modifiers. However, when in a studio, time is money. The whole team is waiting for you: the models, MUA, and post-production. You must be as efficient as possible. Therefore, sometimes I rent the light equipment to practice on my own. Also, I’ve purchased some cheap stuff, reflectors and chroma key backdrops, and spend a day once in a while trying to reproduce the results on cheap.”

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There’s no magic workflow of a template that will work for every black and white image. Varying black and white depth, and shades of gray means you cannot apply the same technique to all black and white photographs. How you treat landscape photos isn’t the same as how you’ll handle landscape pictures.

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Rules of Gray or The 10 monochromatic commandments for good black and white photography

Black and white pictures have that old-fashioned feel so work best with rustic subjects such as old fences and rundown farm equipment. A portrait of an elderly person showing the creases and lines on their aging face has a greater visual impact in black and white than in color.

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For nearly two decades, digital cameras replaced film cameras and dominated the photography industry. With the advent of affordable smartphones and tablets featuring increasingly good quality inbuilt cameras, many enthusiasts have found a convenient tool for their photography hobby.

So how to create a good black and white photograph, knowing that it’s all about light, and light only? In other words, what makes a great Black and White photograph? I’ve made up a set of principles that I will call the Rule of Grays or the 10 Monochromatic Commandments that will help you understand what a good black and white photograph is made of.

When composing your photo frame in readiness for the shot, steer clear of large areas of white or black. Viewers often perceive these parts of the photo as dead spaces that are a distraction from the primary subject.

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 4.Presence and depth. What the human eye can see has a far greater dynamic range than the most expensive camera can capture. Add to it, that what the mind can make of what the eye can see and this results in perceiving a situation, an object or a location, in a very different way than what a camera could ever do. The act of perceiving is a human act and it’s a culmination of personal experience and individual physical and emotional processes in combination with, and as a response to, what the eyes see. The camera can only record and ‘see’ but cannot perceive, that is something reserved to the human mind only and it’s the citadel from where art originates. There’s a very interesting article called “The Black and White Master print” by George DeWolfe, that forms the foundation of what I do in black and white photography post processing. It’s about the importance of creating presence and the difference between luminance and luminosity by author George deWolfe. Here’s an important quote from that article: “The basic physical difference between the two states – Luminance and Luminosity – is largely one of defining edges and altering contrast”. What any good black and white photographer should aim for is to create presence by expressing in his photo what we as humans and artists perceive – instead of expressing what we see only – by altering the contrasts and tonal relationships and defining edges in such a way that it gives luminosity to an object. In other words: that it gives volume and depth to that object and hence to the entire image. On the next page a photograph is shown where I altered the contrasts and tonal relationships and have defined the edges. It’s the Salk Institute in La Jolla California. The color photo is the original version and if you look closely you will see that in the black and white version the translation of colors to black and white tones has no 1:1 relationship at all. It’s purely focused on how to interpret light and darkness, not on how to interpret colors. Again, the careful distribution of light in all its intensities is the main objective in my black and white photographs. I used my artistic freedom to come up with a different interpretation of colors, by looking at light, edges and volumes for the sake of creating depth and volume. My view on artistic black and white photography, is that we should never settle for whatever objective reality the camera and the supporting editing software is providing us, only settle for the image you saw in your mind and felt in your entire existence when you took the photograph. [/av_textblock]

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 5.Minimize the use of the darkest black and brightest white. Gray tones can be separated between achromatic gray tones and chromatic gray tones. Achromatic gray tones are tones whose red, green and blue values are exactly equal. Silver  for example has the color values (192,192,192) and Gray, not being Dark Gray, Medium or Light Gray, has the values (128,128,128) and are exactly in the middle. Chromatic gray tones or off-grays like Platinum are gray tones that don’t have equal red, green and blue color values. There are 256 shades of achromatic grays varying from (0,0,0) which is completely black to (255,255,255) which is completely white. So when we talk about dark, low key photographs, we talk about using tones lighter than (0,0,0) – only use these darkest values for just a few percent in the image but not in those areas in the photo that contain details that should be visible. Same applies to high key photographs: try to use tonal values that are darker than (255,255,255) and when you do use the tonal values (255,255,255) then only use them in areas where details shouldn’t be visible. [/av_textblock]

Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, black and white pictures are artistic, therapeutic and take you to new depths beyond the decorative role of color.

Look beyond colors, and try to visualise how shapes, textures and tones will be recorded

The following are vital tips for creating memorable black and white photos.

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[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 8.Subtle tonal transitions. Looking at how light behaves on an object, on a surface and if you would look closely, very closely with a discerning eye, then you will see that light transitions from dark to light and from light to dark in very subtle ways, sometimes even so subtle that the untrained eye doesn’t see it. Light never has the same intensity on all areas of a surface: it fades from dark to light and vice versa all the time. It’s this aspect of light that gives an object its substance, that gives an object its dimensions and depth, that determines the shapes and lines in an object. Understanding how light makes this subtle transitions from dark to light and from light to dark and how to create this in a very subtle way in a black and white photograph is the key to great black and white photography. But transitions always need to be very subtle since nature doesn’t know a harsh transition from light to dark or vice versa on an uninterrupted surface, unless we’re looking at shadows, or at corners and edges. Subtle tonal transitions can be created by using my iSGM2.0 method of black and white photography conversion.

Some photos lend themselves to color but are not as eye-catching in black and white. For instance, sunset photos depend on the color of the sky to deliver the required impact. It’s therefore difficult to have an impressive black and white image of the sunset. Colorful flowers and birds are other examples where shooting in color is the most feasible option.

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You can also take a journey through time by visiting a local bookstore or library to discover the works of past photographers. One artist you may want to pay special attention to is Ansel Adams. His approach was so refined that he’s considered one of the best photographers of all time. Other notable black and white picture artists are Arnold Newman, Duane Michals, Vivian Meier, David Bailey, Paolo Reversi, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jerry Uelsmann.

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Black and white photos actually include a whole range of greys, which add subtlety to your images. Normally, you look for subjects that will translate into a range of tones from black to white, but you can also get great results where the subject is mostly light (high-key) or dark (low-key).

This is one of the core principles of black and white art i.e. deepening the dark hues so whites and lighter colors appear strikingly brighter. It’s a play on human perception where the sight of dark tones creates the impression that every other element in the scene has to be brighter.

Here’s a run-down of the most common elements that you should look for when identifying a suitable subject for the black-and-white treatment. Remember that these elements can be used individually, or even combined to produce marvellous mono images with clout.

Finding your own style is never an overnight event. That wouldn’t be desirable even if it were possible. Taking your time allows you progressively develop depth and character.

Along with our best black and white photography tips, we’ll reveal how to get creative with high-contrast graphic compositions and create moody landscapes, and show you how dramatic high- and low-key effects can be used to transform your still life photography and portrait photography.

It’s tempting to think that white balance doesn’t matter if you’re going to remove the color, but because the success of any conversion relies on successfully translating colors into attractive tones, it’s important to capture an image without any colour casts.

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One thing you’ll notice about these 20 tips is the emphasis on a creative approach rather than camera techniques and settings. Black and white pictures require the same technical expertise as color photography. If you are already adept at taking color photos, you won’t have to significantly change the way you use your camera. What you’ll need to reevaluate is how you view the subject.

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Pay attention to lenses and filters when choosing a camera. A good monochromatic photo heavily relies on sharp contrast and tonality. You’ll need a lens that can capture these attributes.

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There’s no absolute right or wrong when it comes to choosing a subject for black and white photography, but you’ll come across subjects and scenes that rely on colour for their impact, and also lighting conditions that don’t work well in monochrome.

Consistently seeing and thinking in black and white is a nagging problem for photographers. It’s understandable since, after all, we are surrounded by color at nearly every moment of our lives.

There are a lot of inviting scenes around you that are good candidates for a great black and white picture. You’ll pick them out more if you visualize them in the context of underexposure. By underexposing, you can push the colors to black, white and gray, and lead the viewer’s eye through the frame.

While it’s now simpler than ever to convert your images to black and white, especially now with the host of smartphone apps like Instagram that offer an array of filters, for truly impressive results it pays to think about how and what you shoot, and then know how to use your photo editing software’s powerful tools to get the most from your shots.

It is only when you reach for your editing tools that you start to realize that it wasn’t a good idea in the first place. As a general rule, scenes that have just 2 or 3 colors likely won’t look good when converted to a black and white picture.

Part of Google’s Nik Collection photo editing suite, Silver Efex Pro is an Adobe Photoshop plugin that makes black and white images look breathtaking. In theory, you can use Photoshop to do all that Silver Efex Pro does; it’ll just be more difficult and manual.

This is one mistake first-time black and white photographers often make. When you take a close-up shot of a penguin or a Dalmatian dog, the scarcity of colors may initially make it seem like an obvious candidate for the perfect black and white picture.

Recognising potential shots when out in the field can take practice, so why not try converting some of your existing images to black and white to get a better feel for what will work.

When you use photo-editing software to remove the color from an image you instantly lose one element that the viewer relies on to interpret the scene. So other elements become even more important for successful black and white images.

You cannot realize your full potential in modern black and white photography if you fail to harness the power of filters. Use the polarizer, for instance, to darken skies and create a dramatic ambiance. You can also use a split grade for similar purposes.

Here are some examples of what to avoid when looking for suitable subjects for black and white photography.

Black and white photos can deliver a strong image that would otherwise look weak and average in color. Qualities like shadow, light, texture, and pattern are accentuated in breathtaking fashion when the attachment of color is eliminated.

1.Gray rules. There’s just one color in black and white photography that really is interesting: gray. Not black or white, no gray. Black is the complete absence of light and white obviously the complete presence of light. When we’re talking about  black and white photographs we’re not really talking about a photograph consisting only of a black or a white tone. They are the least interesting. No, we talk about the gray tones. Black is the darkest gray tone, stripped of all light, white is the lightest gray tone, exposed with too much light. In both cases we don’t see anything, because it’s either too bright or there’s no light. Add a bit of light to black and you have a dark gray tone, remove a bit of light from pure white and you have a light gray tone. There’s only one pure black tone and there’s only one pure white tone, but there are 253 shades of gray. Gray rules and should be dominating a black and white photograph: the rule of grays.

Many of the best black and white photos are a result of editing RAW files containing full color. Even when set to RAW, many camera models have a monochrome simulation mode that will give you an early indication of how the final black and white image will look like.

When you get rid of color from an image, you can no longer use it to provide emphasis or make a certain scene the center of attention. Removing color eliminates one of the more distracting aspects of a photograph. When looking for a great black and white shot, ignore the colors and set your sights on the shapes.

Black and white photos are at their most interesting when distinct textures and patterns dominate the image. Elements like trees, fences, roads, and people draw viewers into the photo and lead them to the subject matter.

Patiently learn the ropes as you work your way toward crafting a perfect image. Make slight changes to similar photos or frames. Don’t get too lost on one photo though. Adhere to a timeline by, for example, giving yourself no more than 5 minutes to edit each photo. If need be, you can come back to it days or weeks later to see if there’s anything you may have missed.

3.Tonal separation. Opposite to color photos, different objects in black and white photos that intersect or overlap each other are not separated by colors but by shades of gray. If intersecting or overlapping objects have the same shade of gray then this should be “corrected” by manipulating these tones until they have values that are further away from each other. The more they differ in values, the better the objects are separated, the more presence and depth they will have. An example of that is the photo called Visual Acoustics IV – Silence and Light – Tour Total where I separated the statue in the foreground from the building in the background by manipulating the tonal values in and just around the statue to create subtle contrasts and  make the statue stand out more from the background. [/av_textblock]

Photographers will use flat light to realize a near perfect image then add contrast during post-processing using dodge and burn, and other techniques.

It’s easy to think that because you don’t need bright colors you can shoot black and white photography in any light or in any weather.

Few things play as important a role in the quality of a photo as the light. To set the stage for an exceptional black and white picture, start with looking for finding and understanding the light.

When it comes to black-and-white imagery, being able to ‘see’ how your final shot will look is a key skill. It’s important to understand how the color image you see through your camera’s viewfinder or on the rear screen will translate into a striking monochrome image. To get the best results, you have to look beyond the colours, and instead try to visualise how a shot’s shapes, textures and tones will be recorded.

When colored photos became the norm, black and white photography was initially considered bland and old-fashioned. After all, why would one limit themselves to varying shades of gray when they had the entire color spectrum at their disposal?

There will be times when after shooting a photo in black and white, the final product doesn’t turn out as well as you thought it would. For some photos, color is essential. By shooting it in RAW, you’ll have the opportunity to revert to color if the monochromatic image isn’t up to the expected standard.

Early movies were produced in black and white. Many films from the 30s, 40s, and 50s are available on YouTube. Producers at the time didn’t have the luxury of using color to draw viewer’s attention. Instead, they had to rely on varying lighting and shades to get their message across.

Black and white images need strong compositions to really work. Keep an eye out for strong lines or features in your scene that can be used as leading lines, or positioned diagonally across the frame to create dynamic images.

Powerful photos are an aggregation of small subtleties. Take your photograph through Adobe Photoshop where you can make small tweaks that would be impossible to do using your camera. The tiny changes may include darkening a specific cloud, making whites sharper or changing the tone of a rock surface.

Fine detail, or strong textures such as weather-beaten stone, foliage or clouds, can help to give your black-and-white shots depth and interest. Strong side lighting is perfect for bringing out the texture in any subject. You can use strong natural light, or get creative with flash to create side-lighting on the subject.

Even when you think you have developed a signature style, there is no end to learning as a black and white photographer. Be your own harshest critic. Shoot half a dozen images every day. Even if you are not a full-time photographer, this is something you can schedule into your day since each photo will probably require only a couple of seconds.

The success of your black-and-white shots relies on several different factors, but the main thing to look out for is a main subject that will appear in a significantly different shade of grey to the background. Then look out for subtleties of tone and texture that will add depth to your images.

It’s not always possible to redeem a photo shot in bad lighting. Black and white can, however, give you an opportunity to do that. Color photos that may seem to be a disaster due to terrible lighting can be saved to some extent with the use of a polarizer. For example, you can eliminate the reflection on the leaves in your picture.

If you’re relying on natural light, you’ll have to be patient sometimes and wait for the elements to align perfectly. When that moment arrives, take multiple shots. You won’t always know at the time which specific image was outstanding; it’ll only become apparent later on as you work on identifying the best one.

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10.Personal signature style and tonality. A great black and white photographer always knows to leave something of his personality, his unique signature style, in his photograph. A signature style can consist of a specific subject matter, style of composition and style of black and white photography treatment and approach, a story telling theme or a specific mood that has been created and is easily recognizable. Very often it’s a combination of these individual elements, but always try to make a difference with as many of these elements as possible to create a highly individual style. One of the elements where you can separate yourself is by trying to create a “signature tonality”. Personally, when I create a low-key black and white photograph or something between low-key and high-key in, let’s say mid-key, then there are some tones I like the most: it’s the richness and darkness, yet with a glimpse of light on it from the tonal zones 2 and 3 mixed together. These tonal zones have such a richness in tones that can make an image stand out. I’m not sure why that is, and of course it’s highly subjective, but my guess is that one of the rule of grays state that pure black from tonal zone 0 shouldn’t be used because it is complete absence of light. While tonal zone 1 should primarily be used to create the blackness in an image with just a few touches of tonal zone 0. The first tonal zone after 1 that isn’t used to create the blackness in an image is tonal zone 2: it has the darkness of 1 with a promise of light. Same goes for tonal zone 3 to a similar extent. It’s the dawn of grays, the dawn of what will finally be revealed in your black and white image. That’s why I probably like it so much and you will see these tonal values a lot in my images and they form a substantial part of my signature style. [/av_textblock]

In black and white photography, success is contingent on paying great attention to tonality, lighting, composition, process, and equipment. Nevertheless, choosing the right gear and developing the necessary technique places you on the path to creating unforgettable monochromatic images.

One of the fundamental aspects of black and white photography is that your whole composition relies on contrast (for on composing images, see our 10 rules of photo composition – and why they work). For this reason, look out for subjects that feature simple, strong lines and shapes. It’s often the shadows that define shape and form, so pay attention to areas of darkness, as well as light.

Where appropriate, arrange the objects in a way that brings out the most outstanding attribute of the different subjects. Patterns are particularly interesting because of their orderly repetition. You can see patterns in a wide range of everyday scenes including parking lots and rows of bushes.

1 Black and White Photography2 Black and White Photography Tips2.1 Watch Black and White Movies2.2 Choose the Right Equipment2.3 Where’s the Light?2.4 Experiment with Flat Light2.5 The Deeper the Black, the Brighter the White2.

6 Have Some Clean Black and Clean White2.7 Use Exposure to Visualize Black and White2.8 Use Filters2.9 Curves and Levels2.10 Choose a Suitable Subject2.11 Shape and Form2.12 Contrast2.13 Beware of Dead Spaces2.

14 Shoot RAW2.15 Silver Efex Pro2.16 Black and White Can Mitigate Bad Lighting2.17 The More Colors, the Better the Black and White Picture2.18 Connect with the Audience2.19 Find Your Space2.20 Practice, Practice, Practice3 Conclusion

Your entire photograph doesn’t have to consist of black and white only. You’ll, however, want to have at least some elements in these colors. It helps anyone seeing the photo notice the image’s texture.

The timeless quality of black and white photography makes it a must-try subject for any photographer to try.

Love, hate, jealousy, admiration, depression, and elation were all narrated using light. If you are just getting started on black and white photography, these old movies are a quick way to understand what works and what doesn’t. Explore, learn and incorporate these techniques into your own photos.

2.Selective tonal contrast. Any good black and white photograph has contrast. The eye is always drawn to the area in a photo that has the most contrast. If there’s an area in the image that has pure black against pure white, then that area will get all the attention. If you create an image with too much contrast that hasn’t been carefully chosen then the eye will go all over the image and doesn’t know where to look at. How to create contrast in a correct way? It’s not just a matter of hitting the contrast button. It’s a matter of analyzing first where you want the eye to look at. If you do it right then you start with creating contrast by getting it right in-camera with your DSLR or any other camera.But even if you don’t do it right in-camera because the light isn’t perfect, then you can always create more contrast in post production in the areas in the images that you’ve selected as an artist. That’s one of the benefits of converting color to black and white instead of having the black and white in-camera. You can simply create contrast where there was no contrast and remove where it once was. If you have a color photograph that has a subject with a blue shirt against a blue background then the subject will fade away against the background. But you can decide in post-production to translate the blue background to different tonal values than the subject with the blue shirt. The freedom of black and white conversion. Creating contrast or enhancing contrast should be done carefully and very selectively and not by just brightening the whites and darken the blacks. Selective use of tonal contrast is one of the most important elements in any great black and white photograph.

Understanding the core principles of good photography is fundamental but shouldn’t stifle your own creativity and style. You’ll likely develop an over-arching technique to your black and white photos which may vary slightly from one photo to the next depending on the picture’s subject.

If the scene you’re shooting relies on color for mood or impact, chances are you’ll be better off keeping the image in color, as in our mushroom image above. Sunrise or sunset shots are another good example; you should always ask yourself whether the image loses some impact without the subtle hues.

In our expert guide, we’ll show you how to see in mono, choose your subjects, set up your camera and then explore how simple but effective adjustments in Photoshop or Lightroom can make your images really stand out.

Flat light doesn’t have a large range of exposure so you are forced to examine the elements of the scene and focus on one or more deep tones that will grab viewers’ attention. It hides detail and skin imperfections which is one of the reasons flat light is widely used in beauty and fashion photography.

In black and white photography, there is no color to bring out the sharp contrasts of separate elements on your photo. You have to rely on shades of grey to portray the distinctions. Use contrast to elevate your main subject by, for instance, placing a light colored item in front of a dark background. This also allows you to add depth via a variety of shades and tones.

There isn’t a perfect choice when it comes to cameras; it depends on personal preference and intended purpose. Hobbyists will probably be happy to settle for a decent phone camera. However, if you are going into black and white photography for professional reasons or are otherwise interested in commercial quality shots, you’ll require a higher end camera.

7.Use of adjacent tonal zones to zone 10 for high-key photographs. The same applies to creating a high-key image which can roughly be described as an image with the emphasis on tonal zones 7 to 10. If you want to create brightness, eye-catching bright highlights, then use the zones adjacent to tonal zone 10: zones 9 and 8. And just like in low-key images use tonal zone 10 to complete the tonal range coverage. Zone 10 is complete presence of light, eliminating every shadow, every detail, just like the complete absence of light does. [/av_textblock]

Your photo should make persons viewing it feel something. One of the best ways to do that is to identify scenes with moments that are alive and authentic. Look for that intersection of composition, light and a life micro-moment.

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