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Tips for Black and White Photography

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by Peter Allsop (subscribe)
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Published August 31st 2015
Many shades of grey
Turn back the hands of time this weekend and change your camera settings to Mono for a few shots and note the change in your photos.

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Fence lines are great for B and W

Black and white photos can sometimes require less effort to get a great image, and at the same time create images deep in tone and contrast that evoke a moody response.

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Isolate an object in the landscape

Here are the top 10 trade secrets to take great black and white images:

1: Only pay attention to the shapes within your image.
2: Look for objects with high textured finishes, brickwork, old barns with wood and rust, laneways on cobbles and twisted trees.
3: Try underexposing and overexposing the same shot, it's amazing how different they appear.
4: Shadows and silhouettes are easier to get right. Get the correct exposure and then block the light with a person or object.
5: Look for high contrast - bright whites and dark blacks.
6: Make the main object small in the overall scene - isolate the subject to create a lot of nothing space where the eye gets drawn to the object.
7: Look for lines and patterns in the image.
8: Look for shadows on walls and footpaths and photograph them from different angles for special effects.
9: The weather is great for black and white with raindrops on puddles, storm clouds, rough oceans, sand/water/bathers.
10: If all this fails, turn your post editing software to mono and adjust the settings from there and voila. Above all, enjoy!

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Storm clouds are a great subject to photograph
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