Nothing says "classic" than a black and white photo. It's one of the top choices when it comes to design and decor. It undeniably sets a different kind of mood, adds a level of sophistication, and shows depth unlike any other. Whether for a large canvas print in the living room, a series of framed prints in the hallway, or even an attention-grabbing metal print in the office; you can never go wrong with a B&W image. So what does it take to get the most of black and white photography?

1. Pre-visualize

        Not every subject will look great in black and white. Visualizing the scene in the classic monochrome helps narrow down options and gauge the best composition. You can do this mentally or with the aid of your camera. Set the camera to its monochrome mode (it may be under Picture Control, Picture Style, or Film Simulation) to get an indication of how the image will look like.

black and white photo of dog that shows texture and contrast

2. Look for contrast, shape and texture

        Contrast plays an important role in this type of style. It makes the image stand out despite lacking color. Contrast can be found in the form of tones and textures. Its range and intensity will highly depend on your personal preferences. Explore different exposure settings. Look for the best angle and composition in relation to highlights and shadows. Elements such as lines and shapes also add interest to the photo so keep an eye out for them.

3. Use low ISO

        The same rule applies when taking photographs in color. Shooting at a low ISO decreases noise. For black and white photography, noise tends to be more obvious. So it's best to avoid it. If you do want to include noise in your photo, add it during post processing. You'll have more control this way.

black and awhite photo of night sky using long exposure

4. Try long exposure

        Long exposures enhance tonal and textural contrast. During the exposure highlights are recorded within a wider area; Thus, increasing tonal range. On the other hand, blurs due to movements affect the overall textural contrast with bits of crispness and softness.

5. Shoot in RAW

        It's all about range, and shooting in RAW will give you just that. You have full color information which gives you tremendous control in post production. You'd be surprised with how minor adjustments make a huge impact.

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