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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Monochrome in the streets

Ich habe mich 15 Jahre lang mit Musik beschäftigt, bevor ich im Oktober 2015 zur Fotografie kam, auf Grund der Empfehlung eines Arztes „einfach mehr spazierenzugehen”. Eine Stunde später hielt ich meine erste Kamera in den Händen. Durch die Fotografie habe ich die Möglichkeit meine persönliche Perspektive auf Szenen und Gegenstände des Alltags festzuhalten, wodurch die Bilder mehr und mehr zu einem Medium meiner Kommunikation mit der Welt werden. Es ist für mich zu einer Notwendigkeit geworden meine Emotionen und Ideen durch meine fotografischen Arbeiten anderen Menschen nahe zu bringen. Dabei stellt gerade die Verschiedenheit der Rückmeldungen zu den einzelnen Arbeiten für mich persönlich den größten Reiz meiner Arbeit dar.

Zu Beginn meiner fotografischen Tätigkeit war ich zunächst damit beschäftigt alles zu fotografieren, was mir vor die Nase kam. Zahlreiche farbenprächtige Bilder waren oft das Resultat, mit dem ich anfangs auch zufrieden war. Was sich jedoch schnell ändern sollte. Wenngleich die Qualität der Bilder zunahm, spürte ich jedoch schnell das Bedürfnis mich auf bestimmte Stilrichtungen zu spezialisieren, um meine Kompetenzen in diesen Bereichen auszubauen und vertiefen zu können. Dabei wurde schnell deutlich, dass ich meine Vorliebe in der Architektur, Street- und Landschaftsfotografie fand, nicht zuletzt dadurch, dass die Resultate die mir am meisten zusagten Brücken, Wasser und die Menschen der Stadt Hamburg waren.

Seit dem Sommer 2016 habe ich dann meine Vorlebe für die schwarzweisse Fotografie entdeckt und festgestellt, dass ich mich an dieser Ästhetik nicht so schnell sattgesehen habe, wie bei den Farbbildern. Daraus erschließt sich, dass mittlerweile mehr als die Hälfte meiner Bilder in monochrome erscheinen.
—Alexander Schönberg

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Monochrome in the streets
by Alexander Schönberg

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Monochrome Photography Awards

Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. Our mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world.

Fashion / Beauty – 1st Place Winner
Marta by Albert Södgård
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Landscapes – 3rd Place Winner
Hope by Patrik Minar
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Wildlife – 3rd Place Winner
Arctic Fox by Arnfinn Johansen
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Portrait – 1st Place Winner
Maja and Rufus by Simona Nálepková
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Fine Art – 2nd Place Winner
Sanctuary by Viki Murray
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Nude – 1st Place Winner
Cliffhanger by Paul Giggle
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Monochrome Photographer of the Year
Muse by Dmitriy Rogozhkin
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Monochrome Awards
International Black & White Photography Contest
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Mono Magic

This is very well handled image that has not been over processed. There are lovely subtle nuances to the tones with the shadows and the highlight retaining just enough detail but without appearing too ‘flat’. The transition from dark to light is ‘pitch perfect’ and cleverly done. The speckles of light on the forest floor add to the depth of the scene. Great work!

Crowd Winner : Jakub Kozioł | Morning rays
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A very clever use of tones to capture the sense of motion and energy in this absolutely beautiful image. The wonderful silky tones are subtle and rendering just enough detail where it’s needed to give a sense of detail in the subject’s face. The fleeting ghostly movement gliding through the image is simply wonderful. Well done!

Expert Winner : Jakub Karol Kowalski | Soul Of Dance
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20 Fenchurch Street by Sophie Schneeberger
Crowd second – Expert commended
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Sophie II by Mercedes María Senise
Crowd 7th – Expert commended
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Sun shining through storm clouds on the Waimakariri River, South Island, New Zealand by acc999
Crowd top 10% – Expert 7th
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Over Lago di Garda by Stan Majewski
Crowd 6th – Expert commended
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In the Mist by Kavin Koon
Crowd 3rd
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Mono Magic – Young DCPOTY | Part of Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2018
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Monochrome Landscapes by Takashi

I’m a photographer specialized in Mt Fuji. Few years ago, I stayed in my car all night at the shores of Lake Yamanaka for the purpose of taking a photo of Mount Fuji for the first time. When I woke up from a short sleep, I could not see anything because it was shrouded in a white deep fog. When I stood at the hill after I slipped out from the white world before dawn, Mount Fuji and the sea of clouds on Lake Yamanaka were an amazingly beautiful sight, like another world. Returning to the shores of Lake Yamanaka, the upper part of the fog opened and Mount Fuji emerged over the fog. And a white swan, shining by the morning sun, came swimming in front of me. It was an incredibly beautiful scene, as if I was in a dream. After that moment I became a prisoner of Mount Fuji. Since then, taking photos means capturing Mount Fuji to me.

Creation 2
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Flow of cloud (blue ink version)
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Valley of clouds (Blue ink virsion)
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Silhouette of Starry Sky
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Beyond the Mist
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Orion and Mt Fuji
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Mountain climbing of the heavens
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Monochrome Landscapes by Takashi
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Single Monochromes

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best B&W shots showing only one person in the Single Monochromes Photo Contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “let the prince feel power” by josephferrara
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Congratulations Runner Up “DSC_0305-Edit-1 ” by Seanie2322
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Masai warrior” by heathermcfw
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “‘Bad Bob’ DEC_8309 B&W” by davidchinn
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Stone Beauty ” by antoniogirlando
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Single Monochromes Photo Contest Winner
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Monochrome Photography

Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. Our mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world.
The winners of the Professional and Amateur categories will receive the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Monochrome Discovery of the Year along with cash prizes. We are open to all points of view, all levels of expertise, and all ideas of black and white photography.

Monochrome Awards Winners’ Gallery

Torre di Pisa by Ronny Behnert (Germany)
1st Place Winner – Architecture Photographer of the Year 2016
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The magic of the night by Isabella Tabacchi (Italy)
Landscapes – 2nd Place Winner
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Cleaning the Buddha by Gunarto Gunawan (Indonesia)
Conceptual – 3rd Place Winner
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Vertical Horizon by Michel Kirch (France)
Fine Art – 1st Place Winner
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Humanity by john gubertini (Italy)
Nature – 2nd Place Winner
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Entre Noir Et Blanc by Patrick Ems (Switzerland)
Abstract – 1st Place Winner
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In anticipation of a wonderful evening at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1931 in New York by Fierz Madeleine-Josephine (Switzerland)
Fashion / Beauty – 1st Place Winner
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The shepherd by azzam alshuaibi (Kuwait)
People – 2nd Place Winner
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Artemis by Andris Apsenieks (Latvia)
Nude – 1st Place Winner
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Monochrome Awards Winners’ Gallery
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