Best and Worst Ways to Convert Your Photos to Black and White

Turning a color photo into black and white isn’t as simple as it sounds. Some quick tips provide an idea on the dos and don’ts for post-processing.

Shooting in color and converting to black and white in post is an approach preferred by many photographers for its advantages. But, that’s for another post. Today, we assume this is the route you’ve chosen, whether to help ascertain which methods work for you, or as your standard practice. To help you get the best results out of post-processing for black and white photography, we bring some tips on the best and worst ways to convert color snaps.

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Tips for Shooting Black and White Street Photography at Night

Ever notice how street photography in black and white takes on a different mood at night? Here are some quick tips to help you make the most out of it.

If you’ve only been shooting black and white street photography during the day, there’s actually a lot of dramatic and compelling images you’re missing at night. In a brief video, Vladimir Pcholkin shares his insights on shooting black and white street photography at night, and shares a few simple tips for making the most out of it, should we decide to give it a go.

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Photography Tips: When to Choose Black and White Over Color

Been struggling to decide if your final image should be in color or black and white? These simple photography tips should be able to help!

One of the most important creative decisions you’ll make when editing your photos is choosing between color or black and white. When does a photo look better in monochrome? What should the highlight of your photo be if you want to go for a black and white image? How do you know which option lends a better mood to your photos? JT of the Run N Gun YouTube channel answers these questions and more in one of his latest rundowns of useful photography tips.

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5 Classy Examples of Black and White Boudoir Photography (NSFW)

Having a black and white aesthetic can add a touch of class to boudoir photography.

 

 

When executed correctly, boudoir photography is one of the more polished and artistic genres within the field of photography. Shooting the work in black and white adds an extra layer of sophistication to it, making it extra appealing to those who view it. Of course, other components like strong lighting and an experienced model contribute to giving the imagery and extra edge. But being a master of the black and white look is going to push the photographs a little bit further than the rest. Thankfully, there are incredibly masterful photographers working today in black and white boudoir photography. We’re going to take a look at five of the best.

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Hengki Koentjoro’s Black and White Showcase of Mighty Waves

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

From one of our favorite black and white landscape photographers comes another stunning series showcasing the beauty of the sea. This time, he takes us to Banten Province of Indonesia, where he captured the mighty waves of Sawarna Beach and transformed them into minimalist monochrome masterpieces. If you’re looking for some inspiration for landscape photography in glorious black and white, we’re sure you’ll be impressed with his take whether you’ve been following his works for a while or seeing them for the first time.

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Review: MOAB Entrada 300 (The Darling of Black and White Photography)

MOAB Entrada 300 makes black and white photos look great.

Printing is still a large part of running the Phoblographer, and MOAB Entrada 300 is a fascinating paper to us in many ways. Most matte papers we test have some sort of texture to them, but MOAB Entrada 300 is an oddity in this way as it is a smooth matte paper. The result is a loss of detail when compared to something like a luster or a glossy print. MOAB Entrada 300 instead has the look of something almost like Red River Palo Duro papers, which are designed to emulate the look of the darkroom. In this case, MOAB Entrada 300 is for a photographer who really liked black and white. More importantly, it’s for the person printing an image who doesn’t know where they want to place it. To that end, it’s excellent for displaying it anywhere in your home.

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Review: Ars Imago 320 Black and White Film (Please Come Back)

With Ars Imago 320, a photographer can expect super sharp images with fine grain at a usable ISO.

Ten years ago, no one would have predicted there would be a market for Ars Imago 320. But in the past few years, we’ve see a revival of film photography unlike any other. Around the world, younger photographers are picking up film cameras in an effort to get something different. The tangible process film photography allots the modern shooter is much more about the interpersonal connection than what digital offers. And with Ars Imago 320, photographers are getting a whole lot of versatility. While they state it’s good enough to be pushed to ISO 800, this fine grain film is also incredibly sharp. It’s for moments when you don’t need ISO 400 but also need more than ISO 100. Best of all, it’s in black and white. Load it up in a camera like the Fujifilm Natura S and you’re bound to have a lot of fun. We sure did. And while it was a limited edition, we hope it will come back.

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Creating Dramatic Black and White Photos Using Curves and HSL Sliders

Ever wanted to achieve the punchy and dramatic black and white photos you see all over Instagram? Knowing how to tweak the HSL Sliders will help!

Among the most popular and eye-catching styles for black and white photography is the punchy and dramatic look. If creating monochrome photos this way has been your goal, but you have no idea how to achieve it, we have just the tutorial for you. UK-based photographer Sean Tucker has a helpful video showing how to use the HSL sliders to edit your color photos — even with your smartphone!

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Five Easy Composition Tips for Stunning Black and White Photography

Practice makes perfect, especially for black and white photography. Here are some quick tips to improve your composition today!

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: black and white photography isn’t as simple as using your camera’s monochrome mode. If only it were that easy! Because black and white photography has the inherent ability to make compositions stand out, working on your composition is one of the first few things you need to get started with. In today’s featured video tutorial, PHLEARN Founder Aaron Nace shares five quick composition tips to get better monochrome snaps.

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Using Texture to Create Black and White Photography You’ll Want to Touch

Looking for more black and white photography tips and tricks? We recommend learning how to capture textures that will make your viewers want to reach in and touch your work!

We hear from master photographers time and time again that black and white photography has the power to bring greater attention to composition in the absence of color. That presents both a challenge and an opportunity for anyone who wants to shoot creatively in black and white. If that sounds like you, we have a video to help you get started, this time with some tips on how to work with textures for monochrome images.

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Five Ways to Use Shadows for Impressive Black and White Photography

Great black and white photography goes beyond just shooting photos in monochrome mode. This quick tutorial shows how to use shadows effectively to create great black and white photos.

If you find yourself drawn to the dreamy, dramatic quality of black and white photography and want to begin shooting your own, you have to tweak your mindset a little bit. It’s not as easy as merely shooting anything and everything with your camera set to monochrome mode: it involves looking at things a little differently so you can capture extraordinary images. Today’s featured tutorial shows us how to use shadows to achieve this goal when creating black and white photos.

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How to See in Black and White for Street Photography

We hear it all the time, but what does it really mean to see in black in white? How exactly do you do this? This quick video holds the answers.

Black and white photography involves a totally different mindset when it comes to shooting, and a different way of seeing things before you even press the shutter. But what exactly are these about? How do you train your eye to hunt for the right scenes that will look best in monochrome? What makes a good black and white image? With some tips and insights from today’s featured video, you’ll be able to gain some insight about these questions for your next black and white shoot.

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Shooting and Converting Color Landscape Photos Into Stunning Black and White

Thanks to the so-called digital darkroom, it’s now easy to shoot in color to convert the images to black and white later. But you have to do it the right way to get the best results.

Shooting black and white goes more than just taking away the colors or shooting in your camera’s monochrome mode. There’s a lot of things to check and keep in mind before you can get a good black and white image, especially when you’re shooting landscapes. To help us with this, Doug McKinlay shares some of his useful tips when shooting and editing black and white landscape photos in a video by Adorama.

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Dominik Mattern Captures the Right Moments in Black and White Street Snaps

Armed with a Fujifilm X-T3 and a 35mm lens, Berlin-based Dominik Mattern has made it his mission to create emotive street photography inspired by black and white and Robert Frank. 

I am Dominik Mattern and I started shooting street photography about eight months ago. I prefer shooting black and white because it gives the picture stronger lines and contours. For me, this supports the emotions inside a picture. I am from Berlin and this is where I mostly take my pictures. I use a Fujifilm X- T3 and most of the time I shoot with a 35mm lens. In the future, I want to grow as a photographer and I want to start my first projects.

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Why Nothing Will Beat the Sharpness of Black and White Photography

Black and white images get a lot of hate, but they’re sharper than you think.

While some folks hate black and white, I find there to be special magic to it. Of course, not every black and white image is super sharp, but compared to a color photo of similar variety, they’re far sharper. Believe it or not, the best way to see how sharp your lens can be involves converting your images to black and white. Don’t believe me? Look at history. Acros, T-Max, and Tri-X are all super sharp black and white films. The images made with them are far sharper than any slide or color negative film out there. With digital, we became enamored with color. We also were all about fixing it in post-production to make an image appear sharper. Here’s the crazy secret: even if your color photo is sharp, it’s going to look sharper in black and white. Don’t believe us?

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Watch This If You’re New to Black and White Photography

Finally decided to take black and white photography more seriously? This quick video will help with your learning process.

In an era when colors are most popular for photography projects, it can be intimidating to strip down all the hues and go black and white. If you’ve decided to take on the challenge of seeing and capturing the world differently, it’s worth learning some useful tips and tricks to get the best photos. In his video for Shutterstock Tutorials, Texas-based video journalist Logan Baker shared some of the things he learned when he gave it a try.

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Useful Tools to Include in Your Black and White Photography Arsenal

In the mood for monochrome? These recommended tools should make your black and white photography practice easier, and your results loads better.

Black and white photography is a totally different way of seeing and shooting things. It’s only natural that it comes with its own set of guidelines and tools to help make the most of the medium. If you’re new to the craft and wondering about what you can add to your black and white photography tools of the trade, you might want to take note of some suggestions in this quick video.

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9 Ways You Can Create Better Black and White Photography

When done right, black and white photography has the power to create moods, add drama, and exude a timeless quality. These quick tips will help you understand how to work with the medium and harness that power.

“For most of us these days, black and white is an afterthought, a creative filter we have on Instagram, a Lightroom preset we apply because that particular shot has too much color in it. Black and white is not generally something we pre-plan,” lamented London-based photographer Jamie Windsor in one of his videos about black and white photography. He goes on to remind us that black and white is more than just a creative filter or an editing technique. It’s a totally different way to see things, work the scenes, and convey thoughts, feelings, and ideas. To help us get a better understanding of these notions and achieve better results in the process, he put together nine quick tips and techniques he found crucial to black and white photography.

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Using an Abbreviated Zone System for Editing Black and White Photos

Mark Wallace shares his own interpretation of Ansel Adams’ legendary Zone System for achieving beautifully high-contrast black and white photos.

Decades after Ansel Adams and Fred Archer pioneered the Zone System for black and white photography, the technique remains an effective way to achieve contrasty and moody monochromes. Since it was developed for shooting, processing, and printing in film, Mark Wallace decided to come up with his own abbreviated version for digital photographers. So, if you’ve wanted to achieve those punchy and contrasty monochromes, this quick video is a must-watch for you! Continue reading…

Daniel Řeřicha Takes Us to a Winter Wonderland in Black and White

All photos by Daniel Řeřicha. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Shooting during the winter is a challenging but also great time to shoot for landscape photographers, especially for those who hold a preference for black and white. The scenery tends to easily tip into their favor with the snow blanketing the landscapes, transforming everything into minimalist subjects that look great in monochrome. Take, for example, the gorgeous black and white photos of Czech photographer Daniel Řeřicha around the snowy scenes of the Ore Mountains in Central Europe.

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Philipp Apler Showcases the Beauty of Scotland in Moody Black and White

All photos by Philipp Apler. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Itching to shoot the great outdoors? Scotland is a favorite location of many landscape photographers for its rugged coastlines, mountains, stunning vistas, and other natural wonders. If it’s on your list of dream destinations, we think this monochrome series from Philipp Apler will push you to making that shoot happen!

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