Great black and white portraits aren’t just outstanding color images that were converted to b&w. This means that capturing a gorgeous black and white photo involves more than just decreasing the saturation on a color photo. Black and white photography is an art form in its own right and it is based on very specific rules that you should learn and understand if you want to get the most out of your black and white images. The following 5 hints and tips can help you start creating beautiful portraits in monochrome:
1.Focus On Highlights And Shadows
We all know that using color in photography is a powerful way to help separate subjects from the background. Colors can be used to direct a viewer's eye through your image as well. In b&w photography every color is converted to a shade of gray and this method can make the separation between subjects and background less obvious. In order to avoid this, it’s important to think about the lightest and the darkest parts of your photo as the most important areas. Black and white photography uses light in its simplest form – there are no additional parameters. Being able to promptly identify areas of light, shadow and strong contrast can certainly help your subject stand out.