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Texture in Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

The texture is important in black and white photography. Color is no longer a crutch or a hindrance to noticing other aspects of your photographs. When you’re out photographing and know you’ll be converting them to black and white, change your mindset slightly so you’re seeing different nuances than when you’re photographing in color.

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Different things draw your attention when thinking in black and white. It could be the texture of the rose petals with dew on them, rather than the vibrant colors of the flowers. Shapes, contrasts, textures, layers, depth, and light all become more important in guiding the viewer’s eye through your images.
You can either go for a walk at night or even at dusk to help you begin to think in black and white when the darkness muffles the colors and you can actively look for textures, or you can do the following exercise.

Close your eyes and imagine you’re looking out your window (or keep your eyes open and look out your window), and as you watch, all the color drains away, leaving only the world’s blacks, greys, and whites in their place. What is the first thing you notice? What do you think of the new-fallen leaves against the freshly cut grass? The paint that has begun to peel off your patio? The sun’s bright reflection off the water in your child’s kiddie pool? What’s that tangle of tumbleweeds in the corner of your yard?

Simply replace your window with the camera lens. Take the color out of your mind and look at the world on a different scale. Then begin photographing the textures that entice you and your camera.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.


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