Black and White Photography: Creating Timeless B&W Photos

March 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 



 

 

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY:

 

 

Creating Timeless 

Black and White Photos

 

 

{ Master ways to capture timeless black and white photographs for

portraits, weddings and landscapes

using texture, contrasting colors and patterns. }

 

 



 

PORTRAITS:

Photograph their souls

 

 

“When you photograph people in color,

you photograph their clothes.

But when you photograph people in black and white,

you photograph their souls.”

– Ted Grant

 

 


 

 Texture, Patterns & Contrast

 

Compare the backdrop shade to the subject's skin tone, attire and accessories. 

If the background is dark, subjects should wear lighter shades of clothing and vice versa.

Capture texture on the subjects hands, face and eyes. 

 

AVOID WEARING:

Solid black or solid white

Busy patterns or prints that distract the eye

Matching colors and prints

 


 

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{ PATTERNS }

 

 

{ CONTRAST }

 

 



 

WEDDING:

Getting Ready Photos

 

Getting ready photos rendered in black and white are my personal favorite! A black and white photo creates a timeless classical feel within each image. The dressing room is full of contrasting colors, leaving the black and white images uniform and appealing to the eye.  I always suggest black and white wedding getting ready photos to my clients.

 

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LANDSCAPES:

Visualize beyond color 

 

Black and white photography captures timeless and classical moments.  Seek contrast and a wide range of grays within the shot from solid white to solid black.  Look beyond color and visualize repetitive shapes, textures, tones, shadows, lines and patterns which create depth and drama.  

 

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“Black and white photography is truly quite a

‘departure from reality,’ and the transition

from one aspect of visual magic to another

was not as complete as many imagine.”

-Ansel Adams

 

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“Black and white are the colors of photography.

To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair

to which mankind is forever subjected.”

– Robert Frank

 

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Thanks for checking out the blog!  Stay tuned for future articles.

 

XO

Celisse Elaine

 



 


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