There is just something about a black and white picture. The color scheme seems to make everything about the photo classier, chicer and generally more special. But did you know there are certain steps you can take to specifically improve your black and white photography skills? If you want to know just how to capture the best black and white photograph you can produce, follow our tips on how to optimize your outcome and end up with an image you can be proud of.
Visualize in black and white
Take a second to think about your shot. Now think about it in the black and white color scheme. What do you see? You should notice how shadows, shapes and lines truly constitute a great black and white image and you should therefore shoot with this in mind. Just because you are shooting in color does not mean you cannot visualize the optimal end product.
Seek out contrast
Just as you should be visualizing your shot in shadows, shapes and lines, you should also visualize and choose your shot based on contrast. Contrast will often make a black and white photo more dramatic and engaging. Moreover, if you seek out contrast you will surely be able to notice the shadows, shapes and lines that make all the difference in a good black and white visual. It is important to remember your best black and white photo is not just about Photoshop edits or affects, but about how you set it up.
Make sure to incorporate gray and texture
It may be called a “black and white’ photograph, but a good black and white shot is nothing without a good amount and assortment of gray tones and textures. To create a visually diverse and engaging image, you cannot just rely on the stark contrast between black and white. Instead, you need to be sure to have layers of elements that will enhance your visual.
Grab your camera and go
You can read all the tips in the world on how to take the perfect shot but when it comes down to capturing it, you need to just grab your camera and get to shooting. Find what interests you and captivates your imagination—this is what will truly produce your best work.