I love a good, powerful, black and white image. Think about the last time you saw a beautifully composed photo in black and white, how did it make you feel?
What about a drawing?
To get your creativity going this week, grab your DSLR camera or smartphone and start capturing some images.
Don’t get too complicated. Just point and shoot. What you’re looking for is an image that will look great without color.
Think about composition and light. Frame your image in the viewfinder or on the screen.
Black and White Through Tones
The power in black and white images comes from the contrast of dark and light. The tones speak to the viewer.
This doesn’t mean that color imagery is lacking. By no means. But black and white images have a purity that emphasizes the basic feeling of the subject.
I love the lack of color because it forces the mind to really focus on the composition.
How you build the image is completely up to you. So have fun with it. I encourage you to think about your shot as a painting. How would you design your painting?
Without color, your use of light is even more important. So don’t forget where your light is coming from. I like to use light as the backdrop for my subject as in the image below:
My journey in photography is really just beginning and there are far more talented and experienced photographers out there.
But we learn by practicing and sharing. We also learn by reading and so far the best book I’ve found is the classic textbook by Bruce Barnbaum “The Art of Photography.”
This week focus your creativity removing the color in your life and going with the black and white. This works for your art to. I prefer to draw most of my mandalas in black marker or ink.
Don’t forget about tone and composition and the all-important light too. Stay inspired and get creative! Go.
Thanks for reading and what do you like about black and white imagery?