The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos

So, you want to create jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, black and white photography- but you’re not sure how to go about it. Anyone with a camera can be creative and produce a monochrome image.

“eyes are a window on the soul ” by Cedric Angel
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However, if you wish to have your B&W photography excel, be it portraits, landscapes, still life, or any other subject matter- there are 5 cornerstone attributes that you should attempt to infuse into your black and white pictures.

Photo by Eric Forey
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In this article, we will cover:
Basic Black & White Photography Concepts
What is Black & White Photography
When and How to Take Better Black & White Photographs
Developing Ideas for Black & White Photograph

“Pebble Bag Building” by Salman Shaikh
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Advanced Black & White Photography Techniques:
Contrast
Tone
Shadow
Shape
Texture

Photo by Rosanna Rosy
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Examples of the Advanced Photography Techniques in Use:
Landscape Photography
Street Photography
Architectural Photography
Abstract Photography

“Saint Basil’s Cathedral” by Michael Ryvkin
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Black and White Photography Tips: The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos
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