15 Ways to Get Better Black and White Images


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Digital has provided a surprising resurgence in black and white photography. The ability to create a monochrome image either in camera or later in Photoshop is much more accessible than having to work in a traditional darkroom. But it takes more than removing the color from an image to make a great black and white. Here are some tips that will help you to make exceptional black and white imagery.

Look and use high contrast lighting.

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Create compositions with texture

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Pay attention to shape and lines

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Create portraits with simple and clean backgrounds

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Use small aperture to maximize depth of field

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Use your histogram to capture a full tonal range

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Shoot Raw + jpeg with monochrome picture style for flexibility

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Use WB slider to achieve different look with b&w file


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Punch up contrast with the curves control

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Experiment with tinting the monochrome image

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Photographing using a strong directional light source

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Fill the frame with a subject’s face

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Look for repeating patterns

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Apply selective dodging and burning technique to image

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