4 Fantastic Cameras for Black and White Photography Purists

The best thing to do is realize that you really love black and white photography. And with today’s cameras, you don’t need to do it in post-production only. Lots of cameras let you apply the settings to the RAW file. And what’s more, some cameras have black and white already baked in. We dove into our reviews index to find the best cameras for Black and White photography. Take a look at these!

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The Black and White Landscapes You Want Use This Special Secret

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Black and white landscapes are kind of a tricky thing. Lots of landscape photographers will tell you that you have to do it all in post-production. We’re not going to disagree with that, but there’s a lot you can do beforehand to get it right in-camera or give yourself less post-production. The work of many photographers is inspiring to say the least. And today, we’re giving you a few short pointers to how to make better black and white landscapes.

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6 Amazing Photographers and Their Black and White Photography

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Who doesn’t love black and white photography? The deep darks and the eye-catching whites are what make this beautiful genre so mesmerizing. We’ve featured many photographers who remove color from their work and instead go for the more classic feel. In fact, the stories centered around the black and white frame have been some of our most popular on the site. And in this piece, we’re going to look at some of the best of them.

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The Classic Look! The Best Black and White Film Emulsions

Black and white film is such a beautiful, fun thing to work with.

There are lots of black and white film emulsions on the photography market. And quite honestly, it’s hard to find a bad one. Instead, you just have to understand them and expose each one according to what you want. But some brands have been making Black and White Film longer than others. And a few have a very iconic look to them. So how do you choose? Well, we dove into our Reviews Index to help pick out some of our favorites.

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The Best Leica Lenses for Black and White Film Photography

Black and white film lovers rejoice!

Film has to be one of the most fun photography experiences we have! Some of us just want to create in a completely different way. Indeed, film does a lot of things that digital doesn’t. When used properly, it will ultimately make you think more about your photos before shooting. You’ll pay a lot of attention to the frame before you shoot. And eventually, you’ll become a master of the format. If you’re looking for the best Leica lenses for black and white film photography, check out our selects.

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5 Mirrorless Cameras That Can Produce Beautiful Black and White Images

There’s something magical about creating black and white images, and these cameras will help you do those images justice.

There are plenty of Mirrorless cameras on the market that can produce beautiful color pictures. However, there aren’t many that can create jaw-dropping blacks and white images. The good news is that the few cameras that do black and white images in-camera come with price tags that make them available for every budget. So, whether you’ve got under $1,000 to spend or closer to $6,000, there’s a camera for you. After the break, we’ll take a closer look at five Mirrorless cameras that will help you create simply stunning black and white images.

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How Black and White Photography Gives Your Work New Life

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I’m delighted that the world of black and white photography is a more accepted place than it was nearly a decade ago. We’ve come a long way from the days where it was looked at as just a crutch. Instead, it’s a movement. It took the age of Instagram, the analog revival, and the democratization of image-making for it to happen. Though black and white photography was often frowned upon in the photo industry, we can all speak to its importance in history. And more importantly, we can speak to its importance in the arts.

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Want a Kodak Black and White Film Guide? Check This Out!

Kodak black and white film is beautiful in the right situations; let our guide help you pick which film to shoot.

Some photographers have shot their entire portfolio with one film. It’s helped them get a very signature look. But others like to experiment. We’re sure many of you sometimes wonder which Kodak film to choose. The company has three black and white emulsions that are incredibly popular. T-Max 400, T-Max P3200, and Tri-X 400 are what’s available in America. That’s not to say that you can’t do one genre with only one film. But instead, this is a best practice guide. Not many people can shoot great portraits with T-Max P3200. Similarly, Tri-X 400 is the choice for many photojournalists for legitimate reasons. T-Max 400 is best for the photographer who wants the sharpest ISO 400 film photos.

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Look in Awe at the “Life in Black and White” GuruShots Contest Winners

These photos from the GuruShots Life in Black and White contest are going to make you want to grab your camera.

GuruShots just got done with their Life in Black and White photo contest that challenged photographers to share photos with that classic look everyone loves. Black and white photography has always been a huge source of inspiration for lots of us. And many photographers even today only want to shoot in black and white. Lots of folks still want to do the work in post-production. And that’s fine! What matters at the end of it all is how the photo looks. That’s even more important with a contest. So curl up at home and check out the exceptional entries into this contest. For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and scroll through on your desktop. Or curl up with your laptop, sit back, and take in these shots.

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These Settings Are the Key to Better Black and White Photos In-Camera

Love black and white photos but hate post-processing? Give these settings a try next time and create them directly in-camera.

When you look at some of the most iconic photos throughout modern history, many of them will likely be in black and white. That’s not to say that color images are any less impactful. Quite the contrary, in fact. However, there’s a timeless quality to many black and white images. They can also distill a scene down to its very core. While you can certainly convert your images to black and white during post-processing, they are actually quite easy to create directly within your camera. Just about every modern digital camera can shoot in black and white. Why spend the extra time to covert your images in post when you can achieve the results you want in-camera? If you’re a fan of black and white photos, be sure to give these settings a try on your own camera.

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Lena Weisbek: “Dreamscapes” in Minimalist, Captivating Black and White

All photos by Lena Weisbek. Used with permission.

While Munich-based Lena Weisbek has been working for decades as a designer and art director, fine art photography has been her passion for many years. Today, she does mostly art photography, taking on various projects on different themes and developing her art concepts. It’s therefore not surprising that she was drawn to a minimalist, abstract approach for photographing landscapes. If, like us, you have a keen interest in this approach, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this series as well.

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Comparing Different Color Filters for Black and White Film Photography

If you’re new to using different color filters for black and white film photography, here’s a quick comparison.

Before the digital days, photographers made use of various filters to produce a big portion of their desired looks in-camera for black and white photography. As we learned in a previous video tutorial, filters allowed them to darken the skies, increase the contrast, or give flowers a more dramatic look against the rest of the foliage. Some may argue that we can simply use our go-to editing software to produce the same effects, since we’re in the digital age. But, if you’re shooting black and white film, filters will still be your best friends and produce the look you want straight from the negatives, potentially minimizing the work you’ll have to do in post. If you’ve yet to use filters for shooting black and white, we have just the video to show what to expect.

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The Classic Look: 3 Cameras That Capture Black and White Beautifully

Better black and white images start in the camera, and these three deliver some of the best that we’ve seen.

“Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can,” is a quote by photographer Jack Antaonoff. And if you’re smitten with black and white photography, you know this to be true. Even the process of thinking in black and white is an entirely different one that engages your brain like no other. There are super pricey black and white cameras out there that are especially designed for it. And then some cameras shoot both color and black and white. Except that with their black and white simulations, it seems like there’s just an extra layer of charm. So we went through our Reviews Index to scour for a few cameras that we positively adore for their black and white simulations, which begs the question: why do you need these cameras? Well, you don’t. But photography as a hobby is all about passion and adoration. And what better way to fuel your passion than with a camera that does black and white, right?

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Video Tutorial: A Guide to Creating Beautiful Black and White Photos

When I mention notable photographers like Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Michael Kenna, what pops into your mind’s eye? If you thought “masterfully orchestrated fine art black and white photography,” you’d be correct.

The work of Ansel Adams and Michael Kenna, along with that of Herb Ritts, influenced my approach to black and white imaging when I took photography in high school. Nearly failing every class in high school, I was not the best student. I found school dull and uninspiring, excelling only in the photography courses available. We learned exposure basics while using cameras like the Canon AE1 and Pentax K1000. I loved every minute of learning how to process film and prints in the darkroom, secretly wishing that I could quit school and focus my time and energy on pursuing photography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Make Great Black and White Images

Getting stunning black and white images is all about using the right techniques, as today’s photography cheat sheet tells us!

When it comes to black and white photography, adapting a different mindset is necessary. There’s more to it than shooting with your camera in monochrome mode. Instead of evaluating a scene through eye-catching colors, you’ll need to look closely at the balance between light and shadows, and of light elements against dark ones. It will definitely take a lot of practice, but with photography cheat sheets like our featured guide today, you’ll have a jump start to making those impressive black and white images.

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Great Examples of Negative Space in Black and White Photography

In itself, black and white photography is already minimalist, but you can make it even more effective with great use of negative space.

When we speak of minimalist photography, shooting in black and white is often one of the first techniques that come to mind. Without the distraction of colors, a scene is reduced to the interaction between light and shadows and how they make eye-catching contrast, often useful for both creative photography and visual storytelling. But, to make your black and white photography even more effective as minimalist images, simplifying your composition with a good grasp of negative space is necessary. This is where today’s featured video tutorial comes in handy.

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Lomography Fantôme Kino Is a Black and White ISO 8 Film

The latest addition to the Lomography black and white film family is a super slow ISO 8 film.

While the photography industry has been reeling from event cancellations and global lockdown, Lomography still decided to bring some good news and announce their newest black and white film. Dubbed Fantôme Kino Black & White ISO 8 Film, this super slow emulsion is geared toward film photographers who want to capture the dramatic of the everyday in punchy, cinematic aesthetic.

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Review: Ilford ORTHO Plus ISO 80 Black and White Film (35mm)

Ilford ORTHO Plus is a fine grain film that can get a whole lot of detail and treats reds/oranges like darks.

When Ilford ORTHO Plus launched last year, we were very curious about it. It’s a low grain, high detail film that needs a lot of light. But most interesting is its lack of sensitivity to reds and oranges. What this means is that the red leaves of trees during the autumn will come out looking dark. Red and orange sand will be very dark. Red cars and lipstick will be nearly pitch black. So when it comes to creativity, Ilford ORTHO Plus allows a photographer to have a more playful mind.

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7 Black and White Photography Tips to Really Improve Your Work

Take your black and white photography a notch higher with the help of Street Photography International co-founder, Alan Schaller.

Think you could use some tips to take your black and white photography to the next level? We’ve already shared loads of tips and tricks for photographers of all levels, but since we’re always looking for insights from experts then and now, here’s another set from another real pro. In a recent video by COOPH, London-based street photographer Alan Schaller, the co-founder of Street Photography International who also shoots exclusively in black and white, gives seven helpful tips and insights on getting better at the craft.

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What Makes Correctly Toned Black and White Photos for Prints

If you’re looking to create inkjet prints of your black and white photos, these tips will help you get great, correctly toned results. 

When it comes to printing black and white photos using inkjet printers, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you get great results. In a quick introduction to printing black and white, lynda.com author Ben Long shares some tips on what makes a good black and white print before you even get started with printing your photos out, and some key technical considerations with your equipment.

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Hengki Koentjoro: Dramatic Black and White Roads of Mount Nebo

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’ve been following the fine art landscape photography of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro with us, you must be used to seeing him tackle seascapes. However, once in a while, he also shows his prowess for minimalist black and white with snaps taken far from seaside settings. The latest example is his short series shot around Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim mountain range in Jordan.

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