Black and white shots

 “ Color is descriptive. 

Black and white is interpretive.” 

 Elliott Erwitt

Monochrome photos stand apart 'cause these don't have the distraction of colors. There is more clarity and depth in monochrome colors and this makes Black and white photos more fascinating and unique.

A photographer observes and pays attention to contrast, exposure, highlights and shadows.

Black and white photos of  portraits, landscapes focus not on colors but on shades of black, gray and white. 

  • Dark Colors create black and gray shades.
  • Light colors create light gray or white.

Black and White Photography World

Black and white photos bring clarity to the image and create soulful picture. 

It can be an ordinary image but is interesting.

As clarity depth is more in Black and white photos, Focus is on lighting and composition, patterns, textures, shadows and highlights. These can be adjusted to create beautiful images. 

Though texture and reduced background noise is important but grainy photos still look fine in black and white photos.

Shooting in monochrome mode of the DSLR camera is recommended, but one can convert a color photo by editing using adobe or any other software, reducing color or saturation.

When composing focus on Dark colors and shadows will give black shades, light/bright colors will give gray shades and  exposure and highlights will give white effect.

To view some of the great examples of Black and white Photography visit the famous American Photographer known for his classic landscapes and monumental photos.

Shades and shadows at work

“There is one thing the photo must contain – the humanity of the moment.”

     Robert Frank


“When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize, in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon. Imagine it -- delicate, slim, precise, like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel.

It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful.

And sometimes it is enough.”

― Vera Nazarian, 

Color is everything, black and whites are more.

An old wood House

Black and white photography erases time from the equation. 
Jason Peterson

Black and white are not sad, it is poetic.

Black and white - Landscapes

Road to Sunriver

Mountain Mind

On the way to the Mountains

Cold embracing warmth

Island of somewhere

Texture In Black and white Photography

“It’s an obvious opportunity for black and white when a scene contains little color but lots of texture.” 
 John Beardsworth

Black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all.

Click #Blackandwhite

Black and white is abstract; color is not. 

Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.

Joel Sternfeld

Ocean view

"The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all. "

Grainy Black and white


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