Introduction To Black and White Photography

city, skyscrapersBlack and white photography is an art in itself, you will pay more attention to the lighting and shading than taking any picture in colour, and you will have to picture what the final image will look like in different shades of grey. There is something artistic and magical about taking photos in monochrome.

Black and white photography is all about shades of grey and lighting, and this helps create stronger feelings and emotions of the moment and avoids the distraction of many different colours. Some may think that colour photography has replaced black and white photography, and this is partly true. But black and white still remains to this day and is becoming more popular, because of the nostalgic feeling surrounding it, for example vintage photography is very popular. The nostalgia is perhaps due to the reason pictures were first shot on black and white film, and other reasons may be because photography students are still requested to try black and white photography, which keeps B&W photography alive to this day. Amateur or professional, I encourage you to try taking some black and white photos and you may be surprised at how much more amazing your photos look.

Another type of black and white photography is leaving 1 or 2 colours in the photo and leaving the rest in black and white. This obviously would need to be done using Photoshop or other editing software, but it will make any photo look spectacular. This really takes a lot of skill to pull off, and editing skills, but the finished photo will definitely be worth it.

Taking black and white photos is relatively easy, you can change your camera setting to “grayscale”, “black and white” or “monochrome”. Also you can take in colour, particularly RAW format and later edit it by removing all the saturation. This is by far the best method, as it gives you ultimate control over the final image, and also you have the choice of a colour photo.

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