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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Shadow Play

Creative uses of shadows and light to add unique effects.

Silhouette of hugging man and woman
by Jonathan Borba
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by Sep
@lensofsky
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Woman wearing red and whitestriped long-sleeved top
by Rafael Mota
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People walking
by Jan Kolar
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Woman walking on sidewalk
by Ryoji Iwata
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Street Photography by Denis Buchel

Denis Buchel was born in 1979 in Kishinev, Moldova. Photography he has taken up at the beginning of 2007. Various photos have already been published in Bulgarian and in international editions – in China, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan, Izrael, Italy, Spain, the USA, Thailand, Poland and others. Since May 2014 he has been a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Photography Yanka Kyurkchieva. In December, 2016, he is a chosen Board member of the organization.

Tel-Aviv
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Azrieli
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Music
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Street Photography by Denis Buchel
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Delve into the shadows and take your imagemaking to a new level

The Shadow Effect: Creative Lighting, Posing, and Composition for Photographers
Photographers know that they must use highlight and shadow to create a sense of dimension in their portraits, sculpt their subject’s features, and add palpable mood in their images. However, enterprising photographers know that these uses of shadow only scratch the surface when it comes to maximizing their portrait effects. They are willing to go to surprising lengths to create dramatic shadow patterns that add texture, a sense of mystery, and compositional interest in their portraits.

In this beautifully illustrated book, award-winning photographer David Beckstead showcases 180 of his most powerful images and explains how each shadow effect was created using commercial lighting, natural light, store-bought modifiers, and even common household items. Armed with the techniques outlined in this book, you will find a host of creative means to introduce and manipulate shadow patterns—both in the studio and on location—and watch your creative efforts and profits surge.

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The Shadow Effect: Creative Lighting, Posing, and Composition for Photographers
by David Beckstead