5 Tips For Shooting In Black And White

October 9, 2016



I'm not a professional, but here's what I've learned from this shoot.

Shooting in black and white seems easy, but actually it takes a lot of patience. It's not that a snap-of-a-pic and voila, a masterpiece. But there are ways to make this easy and simple.





1. Picture it out in your head.

If you can picture how the picture would look in Black and White, then it'd be easier to achieve the angle you desire. Lighting may be a problem at times but all you have to do is position yourself or the object where you want to have shadows or not. Learning to visualize objects in Black and White would improve the way we shoot and angle ourselves.




2. Contour.

If we're taking portraits, giving your face a little contour would make the picture stand out even more. It would also add depth to the face and the picture. Contouring goes really well with Black and Whites, but never overdo them because it might end up looking like a bruise on the face.




3. Don't have light above you.

Lighting is really important to every aspect of photography. But in this case, the way lighting falls on your object really does matter. The shadows and the focus are affecting on what we see in our picture. On different lightings but the same angles, the object on the picture would have different outcomes. Having light above you would result into shadows under your eyes, nose and parts where you don't want them to be. You would end up looking like a person that has a mustache and dark bags.




4. Be keen with the shadows.

As what tip #3 stated, shadows may appear like mustaches and dark bags, thus we really need to pay attention to the shadows of our picture. The shadows as well add depths to the picture and make the photograph pleasing to look at.




5. Play with the contrast, exposure and brightness of your camera.

Don't be afraid when adjusting the exposure of your camera since you'd get different effects in taking a lot of photos where you get to choose as the perfect one. There's no harm in trying. If you'd play with your camera, you might even learn tricks from something you haven't tried before. Adjusting the contrast and brightness as well would play significant role to the photograph since this would make the object be highlighted even more.







I hope this would benefit you and make you capture the perfect Black and Whites. What can you suggest for a Black and White shoot? Comment it down so we can both have an eye-catching photographs!

'till next post!


38 comments

  1. I always get a strong emotional feeling when looking at black and white photos. Must be the contrasting highlights and shadows.

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    1. Black and white really tells a lot hahaha :) - Gee

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  2. Aaahhh great learning I got there! Yes! I definitely agree with proper contouring and avoiding lights above the subject. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! And btw, your photos are great!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

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    1. Glad that I could help, and thank you :) - Gee

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  3. Wow, great tips! I always hate myself looking at black and white photos because it looks so flat. Now, I know that I have to do contouring to add more depth.

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    1. Glad I could help you as well, hahaha thanks much :) - Gee

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  4. I love the photos! Usually I shoot in color but BW is always classic. I also like that you can play with how light or dark you want your BW photos to be. Photographt is so flexible. You get to achieve what you really want with experimentation. :)

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    1. I agree, black and whites are always a classic, and trial and error often does the trick ahaha! Thanks Rea! - Gee

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  5. This is genuinely a good tip and beneficial to each and every one of us. I like the thought of playing with the contrast, exposure and brightness of your camera. I frequently do that most of the time, in that way I'm learning and sharpen my skills as well. Your photos are truly captured with a heart.

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    1. I know, hahaha! Playing with the settings of our camera really do help our skills. Thanks heaps! - Gee

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  6. Having a Huawei P9 would also help you in having stunning black and white photos. I tried it one time and those leica lenses are just phenomenal. Some people are just so good at Black and White photography because they can visualize in black and white. It is a hard skill to master but being able to "see" the world in monochrome has its advantages. Nice tips by the way and keep shooting!

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    1. Thinking of checking that phone out, it would really come in handy these days haha. Thanks :) - Gee

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  7. I'm not usually a fan of B&W photos because I get used to taking photos of nature (laagan here :D) but your tips make me take black and white photos! Will surely take note of these! Thanks!

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    1. Nature really looks good with colors, I agree! Glad to hear that, thanks :) - Gee

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  8. Great tips right there! Your photos look amazing btw.

    I really love photography too and I love the drama that the B&W photos portray. What i love about B&W photography is that it can ne as simple and easy as it could be, but can be as complicated and difficult as it could be for some.

    Thanks for the tips, it can really help make some of my B&W photos more dramatic.

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    1. B&W says a thousand words haha! Thank you :) - Gee

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  9. Awesome pointers! Your shots really turned out pretty great! I almost never take photos in B&W, but I'll be sure to keep these in mind! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. I love black and white pics! They feel simple and minimalistic. Sometimes colors could make a photo feel jarring to look at.

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  11. So many things to consider when shooting black and white! I do love the strong emotions I get from seeing the output.

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  12. I love BnW photos especially the story behind..especially taking melodramatic photos..

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  13. Im not a fan of black and white pictures mainly because I don't know the standards of one..and Im not sure if I am getting it done correctly. Thanks for giving us an overview of super beneficial tips and tricks on how to shoot in black and white. I'll keep this all in mind. :)

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  14. Amazing black and white photos. I suggest that the next time you take B&W photos, you play with light and shadows to add drama! :)

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  15. Black & white photography is kinda my think its show me how i feel my emotion. Great tips you guys got here. :)

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  16. Awesome snaps Manny! I love the last snap! Playful and serious in one photo. Great job Jay and Gee!

    Love,
    www.channelmarie.com

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  17. Cool tips to shoot black and white photos. They say that shooting black and white is easy but for me it is never easy. Because when you do monochromatic shot (usually goes for black and white), it should tell a story.

    Some times converting photos to black and white too would tell more story than the usual colored photo..

    Nice one Gee.

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    1. I agree with that! Thanks heaps Elijah! - Gee

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  18. Isn't it exciting that despite the lack of colors, emotional gihapon kaayo ang photos? Wonderful! Too powerful and strong not to notice.

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    1. Yes ahahaha I totally I agree with that :) - Gee

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  19. I don't usually capture photos in b & w because for me, if you're capturing a b & w photo, you'd either lose all the emotions captured in the photo or you could enhance it. And I'm not confident with my b&w photos. But seeing your photos, I could say that you know what you're doing so I might just try your tips the next time I travel. ��

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