Long before colour photography was accessible to the average person, photographers were capturing the world in black and white. Even today, well-known contemporary photographers including Sally Mann and Michael Kenna shoot almost exclusively in black and white. So what are some of the reasons a photographer might choose black and white over colour?
When done well, black and white images can make a powerful statement, because without the distraction of colours, the viewer’s attention is naturally drawn to other elements such as texture, contrast, and shapes as well as facial expressions. Portrait and street photographers often favour black and white images as a way of drawing attention to their subject or conveying a particular message or emotion.
If you’re new to photography, shooting in black and white can also be a great way to strengthen certain aspects of your photography, such as lighting and composition. Of course, there’s more to creating a strong black and white photograph than simply converting it to monochrome. So if you’d like to start experimenting with black and white photography, read on for our tips and advice on getting it right.