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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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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5 Photographers Keeping Black And White Photography Alive

There was a time when black and white photography was the only option. But even in today’s world of color, photographers are keeping the aesthetic alive.

Although we’re in 2019, black and white photography remains popular amongst photographers. That’s because it brings a classic, timeless feel – something color just can’t seem to match. Back in the early days of photography, people like Henri Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams championed the black and white aesthetic – setting the bar for the standard that others would need to reach. Thankfully there are photographers today reaching that bar, and they’re keeping the black and white aesthetic very much in high demand. Let’s take a look at some of the best of them.

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How to Create Mood in Black and White Photography

One of the best-known applications of black and white in photography is creating mood. Here are some great examples showing exactly how it’s done.

We hear expert photographers often say black and white is very effective in giving our photos more drama and mood. Need more drama in your landscape? Want a dramatic portrait? Want to make your street snap extra punchy and moody? Make it monochrome. But how exactly do we create mood with black and white? This quick video gives us some useful insights and great examples to get in the mood for monochrome.

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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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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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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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Learn Something: A Color Filter Guide for Black and White Photography

Ever wondered which color filter to use for which effect when shooting in black and white? We’ve got you covered with another guide and cheat sheet.

At some point in your black and white photography journey, you’ll come across photos shot with color filters. If you’ve been wondering how to use them for your photography, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. First is a primer on using color filters for black and white photography, and then a simple cheat sheet that you can use for quick reference while you’re out shooting!

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Mattias Johansson Composes Beautiful Black and White Photography

All words and photos by Mattias Johansson. Used with permission.

My name is Mattias Johansson and I live in Sweden, in one of the parts that is described as a problem area. Even though there are some problems in my neighborhood, I have chosen to look at it through another perspective. I have focused on photographing the place and not the problem, so to speak. I have discovered that there are some very interesting environments in the area. I think it’s important to show a different perspective and to raise questions about matters that are important. I hope that someone reading The Phoblographer can be inspired to take photos of their home areas and work with a project that enlightens them about a question that is important for them. Photography can be a powerful tool to put a spotlight on a phenomenon.

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Useful Photography Tip #191: Here’s Why Toning in Black and White Photography Is So Important

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Today’s useful photography tip is for every photographer who wants to get more into black and white photography, is into it, and who wants to understand how light and color can affect a scene. The opening photo of this post was done in black and white. When you look at it, you’d probably think that the lighting wasn’t that special or different. But click past the jump to see something a bit different.

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Review: Andrew Gibsons “Art of Black and White Photography”

Andrew Gibson’s Art of Black and White Photography teaches the fundamentals that most photographers don’t have today; and it’s part of the 2018 5 Day Deal Photography program.

Lots of folks sit there and say that black and white photography is a crutch for when your editing doesn’t work otherwise, but Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography is a different beast that begins with telling you to learn how to think in black and white. But that’s sometimes difficult to do as black and white photography has so many different looks. One may most appreciate the looks of a scene with super high contrast scenes and lots of clarity while yet others only adhere to the school of Kodak Tri-X. No matter what level of photographer you are, there is bound to be something that you’re going to learn from Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography.

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Get Better at Black and White Photography With These Quick Tips

If black and white photography has been on your mind, you may want to bring this handful of quick tips with you the next time you go out and shoot.

Black and white used to be the only way to go back in the old days of photography. Today, however, there’s more than one way to make sure your black and white photos are on point. With these quick tips from London-based photographer Jamie Windsor, you can at least have a head start on getting better at black and white photography, whatever the genre you want to take on.

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Louis Dazy Explores Moody Black and White Photography in “Smokescreen”

All images by Louis Dazy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We take a break from Louis Dazy’s punchy colors and moody double exposures to revisit one of his old works. In a set from a few years ago called Smokescreen, the Paris-based film photographer showcased his eye for sentimental imagery sans the hues and overlaps that have become his signature style.

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Why More Megapixels Are Actually Better for Black and White Photography

This is going to sound a bit odd, I mean how the heck are megapixels and black and white correlated?

Does it have to do with details? Well, no; not really. Instead, it has to do with the capabilities of your camera sensor, and more often than not, lower megapixel cameras aren’t as capable when it comes to editing. Smaller megapixel cameras are great when it comes to high ISO output. But with higher megapixels, you often get a vast dynamic range and colors. Believe it or not, that’s precisely what you want and need here.

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Cheap Photo: The Ultimate Guide to Black and White Photography, Now $200 Off

Black and White photography is often seen as simpler than working in color – the trick is in the nuance

In this day and age color reigns supreme and black and white photography is often an afterthought to many photographers. But there is something about the medium, a complicated nuance that is easy to overlook due to its perceived simplicity. If you have ever tried to work in black and white, not just applying presets without much thought, then you know how powerful black and white can be if you take the time to master it.

Thankfully, you don’t have to do it all with trial and error. The Ultimate Guide to Black and White Portrait Photography is a collection of two courses that cover everything you could want to know about black and white portraiture over the course of 6 ½ hours. It is normally $250 but thanks to an incredible deal you can currently get your hands on it for just $49.

Interested? Get the Ultimate Black and White Portrait Photography Guide.

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Avoiding Too Much Clarity and Sharpness in Black and White Photography

I think we’ve all seen it: photography that follows a simple recipe.

It’s in the black and white world, and it goes something like this: convert to black and white > raise clarity > raise sharpness > raise contrast > export. Sometimes they’re done well, but more often than not, that’s very rare. Most of the time, the images look like tacky digital simulations due to people not understanding light and exactly what’s going on. All of this has its roots in the film days.

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