Smarty Pants Photography | It's not always black and white, except when it is. 5 Tips for black and white photography

It's not always black and white, except when it is. 5 Tips for black and white photography

October 14, 2014  •  3 Comments

The thing I love most about black and white photographs is that they can look timeless and powerful. I recently received a challenge from a photographer friend Norm (check out Norm's work here) asking me to post to Facebook a black and white image each day for 5 days. As far as challenges go this one was right up my alley. I've attempted a few challenges in the past asking to post 'a photo a day' and failed miserably as I get distracted easily and ooh look there's a sale at Cotton On. I think that's why I am enjoying this blog, I can post at my own leisure under no time constraints. A photo a day for 5 days, seemed like something even I could manage.


I've included some of my tips for rad looking black and white photography. I hope you like my tips and try some black and white photography yourself. You can even use your smart phones!


1 - People make great subjects for black and white. Taking away the distractions of colour allows for the purity and rawness of people to shine through. Kids are usually all too willing to be in front of the camera, and they can't run away if you sit on them.


2 - Look for high contrast to make your photographs more exciting. Bright whites and dark shadows help to create some kickass shapes and make images pop. This usually boring as crap steel mesh looks pretty darn interesting don't you think?


3 - Patterns, detail and texture can help bring your photo to life. Get up close and personal and see things in a whole new way. This is the inside of my washing machine. I used my iPhone's torch for added lighting. *no iPhones were harmed in the making of this image


4 - To help find things out of the ordinary and create interesting looking images you need to move yourself to places you don't normally go. Look at things differently, look up, look down, look behind you, look under things. This is taken inside of a lamp.


5 - Keep it simple. If you have too much going on in your shot it can be hard to know where to look. Try to eliminate it by create some negative space to help define your subject.





Wendy Murphy(non-registered)
Great tips and great photos.
Smarty Pants Photography
Thank you Natalie :) xoxo
Natalie Tucker(non-registered)
Oh my goodness, I love this!
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