It's Week #3: Black and White

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Black and White is about much more than removing the color from your image. Look all around you, see the shapes that form your world. Look at the detail of paint peeling on a wall. Pay attention to the way a streetlamp casts a shadow on a park bench. Notice the laughter lines in the corners of someone’s mouth.

What makes black and white photography so powerful is that the lack of color causes the artist and viewer to really consider the form of the photo’s content, more than just the subject. Patterns, lines, shapes, textures all take on extra significance.

The best scenes to capture in black and white, are the ones where a story is created with the interplay of the light and the shadows. Go crazy in high contrast situations (a lot of light and a lot of dark), like shooting into the sun, or even shooting at high noon. You have a lot more latitude to work with in black and white, and you could be more experimental with it.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Here is a wonderful overview of things to consider when shooting black and white, including light, form, subject and texture
  • Some quick tips for beginners shooting black and white.
  • And here are some great tips for more advanced photographers (Especially #5!).
  • And some more great tips for the even more advanced!
  • Check out these absolutely beautiful examples of black and white photography

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Black and White” from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as “Black&White Minimalism” from 2016! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: “Studio Lighting

For some extra credit joojoo, try setting up a shot with studio lighting! Ok, so not everyone has access to a full studio setup. But certain equipment, like an off camera flash, fill lighting, and soft boxes, are all essential tools for a professional photographer. If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level, here is a perfect place to start! Check out this awesome blog post about using a one-light setup.

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

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