Black and white photography is a beautiful way to capture a moment and make it eternal. This post covers some of the benefits of black and white images and includes some examples of the best we’ve seen on the web.
Black and white pictures
Black and white photos are great for hiding all kinds of problems with colours (everything from saturation and washed-out issues to imperfections in tone on the subject itself), and they’re the easiest way to make a photo look classic. If you’re trying to create vintage photos or retro images, try using traditional black and white instead of sepia for a more future-proof look.
Taking photos on a cloudy or rainy or day? Giving your photo a black and white filter means you don’t have to worry about capturing that perfect but elusive blue sky or making your subject look idyllic.
Black & white photography
There are literally millions of fantastic examples of black and white photos, so it was almost impossible to narrow it down to a small selection of favourites for this post. View the cream of the crop below; you can click the images to view them in full size on their respective websites.
Black and white images
Black & white photography is incredibly flexible. It’s extremely rare that you end up with a photo that doesn’t suit the simple black and white palette so it’s hard to go wrong with this particular look. As long as your photos are decent, the only potential pitfall is overuse; black and white pics are great for showing another string of your bow, but don’t rely on them too heavily in your portfolios or presentation work as many clients need to be assured of your flexibility and comfort with many different styles and finishes.
Black and white photographs
Black and white images are also great for that formal look. Portraits in particular tend to end up being lighter shades of grey instead of darker blacks and lighter whites, but they can still look impressive. Use Photoshop to alter the shadows and enhance your black and image photographs to get the most out of them. As a general rule, higher contrasts make for more stunning black and white images.
Which is your favourite image or resource website for black and white photography? Let us know in the comments.