There is something very special about converting an image to black and white. The absence of colors draws the viewer to what matters the most in the image: the emotions.
Although I absolutely love color pictures, I feel that my heart beats faster when I capture an image that begs to be converted into black and white.
Here are some tips to reveal the beauty of your monochromatic captures.
1. Look for contrast
I personally edit my black and white images with a lot of contrast. I know other photographers who prefer their images to remain in the mid-tones (which gives a more neutral feel to the picture). Both are great. It is just a question of taste. Regardless of your preference, it is important to assess the degree of contrast you want to achieve.
2. Play with silhouette shots
If you take a backlit image (which means that your light source is behind your subject and facing you) and you convert it to black and white, you obtain a silhouette shot. I love these!
3. Look for subjects that we naturally associate with colors
There are some objects that we commonly visualize in color. Flowers are a great exemple of this. See what happens when you convert a nature shot to black and white.
4. Capture the raw emotion
My favorite monochromatic captures are without a doubt the ones that convey true emotions. The absence of color reveals what matters the most and what the photographer seeks to convey. Simplicity is truly beautiful.
5. Look for the timeless essence of the scene
Black and while carries a charming timelessness. Sometimes, you capture an image that you feel could be coming from another era. This is priceless.
What about you? I would love to hear your tips on capturing beautiful black and white images!
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