Communicating in Black and White

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Unlike colored photos, black and white photos do not draw your attention with colors. In most cases, the composition, subject, and perspective are what to look for when viewing a black and white photo.

Credits: sebastianerras

There’s just something dramatic and mysterious with black and white photos. Up until the 1930’s, photos were taken in black and white. Some might even associate black and white photos to history, and photos in color to the more modern times. The contrast in black and white photos add depth and character to the image, and in some cases this makes the outcome better.

For budding photographers, black and white is the way to go. Doing this will allow you to concentrate on the subject and composition, rather than worry about the capturing colors. Go out and shoot at different times, lighting conditions, and locations. And remember that the best way to learn is to experiment. As time passes, you’ll be amazed at the images that you come up with. To give you a bit of inspiration, view some of the stunning black and white photos from our community.

Credits: warning, itsmemikey, milos, lomographyargensola, dannyedwards, scorpie, kathepalacio, evalina, ryszardl70, mephisto19, kihru, adi_totp, gregoriobruning, derekfm, oleman, georgebaker, weedos & frauspatzi

So, what are you waiting for? Go capture some moments in monochrome! But before you do, check out the shop for black and white films!

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-05-08 in #lifestyle

2 Comments

  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    I totally agree monochrome gives your pictures a whole other look! These are some from a trip to Rome www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2012/04/30/rome-the-e…

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    thank you :D

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