Guide to Black and White Fine Art Photography for Beginners

Black and white fine art photography is the oldest type of photography and remains a favorite among photographers. From amateurs to the most seasoned professionals, photographers enjoy experimenting with monochrome. The following are a few tips to breaking into the field.

Seeing the Image in Black and White

Photographing in black and white changes how photographers see the world. As color is removed, the message of the image becomes the focus. Look for areas that have highlights and shadows and think of how it will look as shades of gray. This will require some practice before photographers become acquainted with photographing in black and white.

Composing the Image

Composition becomes more important with black and white photographs. The photographer becomes better as he learns to think of how to compose the image prior to taking the shot.

Forms, Shapes and Textures

Close-ups are great for black and white photographs. It allows the viewer to see and appreciate the forms and shapes in the image much better. Closer still and viewers will be able to see the textures that are not commonly noticed such as that of a rough tree bark.

Trying Different Subjects

Amateur photographs tend to gravitate towards photographing old and antiquated subjects such as antique furniture, old buildings or natural landscapes. Try photographing contemporary and modern subjects such as skyscrapers to achieve a more unusual effect.

Creating Black and White Photographs

Photographers should take pictures in color first so as to have a choice of leaving it as such or converting to black and white. By using a photo editor, the easy way to convert a colored photograph to black and white is by desaturation. A better way is by accessing the channel mixer and selecting the monochrome option. This allows the photographer to change the brightness of certain colors.