Try out three more black & white classics.
Techniques guaranteed to make the most of the monochrome aesthetic.
1 Increase the focus
Wildlife shots may not be the obvious choice for a monochrome treatment, but they can work really well. Black & white photography’s unique ability to strip away all the distracting colours that abound in nature can really make a wildlife subject ‘pop’ when it might otherwise by lost in the scene – particularly in the case of those animals that enjoy some natural camouflage. In this shot, a red squirrel has been turned ‘grey’ with a fantastic monochrome edit that really separates the subject from the environment, uses the graphic nature of black & white to draw the viewers’ attention to the animal’s eye and adds an almost metallic dimension to the reflection in the water.
2 Seek out textures
When black & white naturally breaks an image down to simple line and form, it opens up a world of possibilities for anyone seeking abstractions. Textures also come alive in mono and an abstract image that has strong textural elements is a perfect subject for a black & white edit. This simple shot of leaf litter works wonderfully thanks to the tonal range in the scene that informs the composition, while the textures reinforce the graphic element and work in harmony with the flat lighting.
3 Embrace minimalism
Whether you’re shooting architecture, as above, a still life or a landscape, black & white provides the perfect medium for a minimalist look. Keep things simple in your mono shots and you’ll be rewarded with stunningly clean and incredibly pleasing images. This shot relies on strong graphical lines, great light that picks out the focal point in the scene, and a limited palette of tones that break the subject up into light, dark and midtones. Black & white can make minimalist art of the most mundane objects.
GREAT FOR SIMPLE WILDLIFE IMAGES
GREAT FOR CLOSE-UP STUDIES & MACRO
GREAT FOR ABSTRACTS & CITYSCAPE SCENES