Abandoned Places

Photographing abandoned locations is a relatively new genre of photography. It has even coined its own descriptive term: Urbex. These photographs always create a haunting feeling, as if you might see a ghost lurking in the corner (if you look closely enough.)

Photo by Esmeralda Holman
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looking for cleaner by marcusjaenichen
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Abandoned.. by Danne Rydgren
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Homestead Memories by Rowena Richards
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Antica Tonnara by Massimo De Martin
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more in “35 Spooky Images of Abandoned Places”
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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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Heartwarming Landscape Photographs

There really isn’t anything quite as satisfying as a beautiful landscape photograph. Enjoy the view

Sunrise at Mesa Arch
by Gerhard Korts
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val di funes
by Francesco Tavani
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Misty morning on the river Thurne
by davepsemmens
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The colors of Lithuanian winter
by Regina Šarkuvienė
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Denali National Park, Alaska
by John Meo
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from: “30 Heartwarming Landscape Photographs that Will Soothe Your Soul”
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Mirror Mirror

“Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.” – Mason Cooley – American Writer

Have you played around with using mirrors in your photography? Creating multiple reflections with multiple mirrors is cool way to spice up what might be an ordinary shot. You should give it a try!

Photo by Rex Jones

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4 in 1 by Rubens Rebouças

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Vianey by Salvador Alcantara

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Trondheim by Christian Heitz

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Photo by ChildExpressionsPhoto

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more in «37 Mirror Photos that Reflect Beauty»

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Intimate Outdoor Captures of the Human Face

There are plenty reasons to shoot your portraits outdoors. First and foremost, (in general), it can be easier to deal with the issue of lighting than indoors. The great outdoors also provides a wide variety of backgrounds that can range from neutral to storytelling.

“Spring Bath” by Tobias Walka
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“Jany” by Jose Ezquerra Ferruzo
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Photo by Rid Riddler
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“Beauty has no color” by polod
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Photo by Kęstas Venzlauskas
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Intimate Outdoor Captures of the Human Face
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Negative Space Defining a Composition

Negative space is the space within, between, and around the primary objects within a photograph. In general, to be truly effective, the negative space should lend itself as being an important component to the overall composition, as well as becoming a primary storytelling element of the photograph.

“Snowswept” by Nigel Finn
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“Hayden Valley – Yellowstone” by Ron Meyers
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“The View” by Thornback Russ
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“Runaway bride” by em_wissink
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“Freeze” by vinod kandrapu
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more in: 11 Brilliant Examples of Negative Space Defining a Composition
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“I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.”

Who said, “I must go in, the fog is rising.” Emily Dickinson did. These photographers headed into the fog and came away with some amazing shots.

“God’s First Light” by Ann Baldock
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“Above the mist” by Sandi Bertoncelj
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“Foggy Burnett #1” by Brad Grove
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“I Was There Also…” by Gabriel Salvador
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“My favourite!” by Deb Rose
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more in: “I Must Go In – The Fog is Rising.” 35 Fog Photos Ignite Your Imagination
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