5 Black-and-White Photography Tips

One of the main reasons people want to shoot photographs in black-and-white is because it lends a timeless quality to the images.


Here, in no particular order, we present some tips for helping your black-and-white photos come out as works of art:


1) Look for subjects with strong shapes and lines, texture and detail. Remember that the composition of your photo will rely on contrast. Sometimes, shadows will define shape and form, so pay attention to areas of both darkness and light. Fine detail, or strong textures (such as clouds, stones or foliage) can help give your black-and-white photos depth and interest.


2) Set your ISO to the lowest setting possible. This is important in order to avoid noise, which becomes more obvious in black-and-white photography, especially in low light situations.


3) When photographing a portrait, keep your backgrounds simple and clean. This will help make sure that your subject is in focus and that details pop.  


4) When photographing a landscape, look for imagery that offers grays along with contrast and lighting.


5) Check your histogram. This is the graphical representation of the tonal values of your image. When you frame an image, check your histogram to make sure there is a full range of tonality available in the viewfinder.


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