Man Body in B&W – Darcy Ostojic by Trent Pace

Darcy Ostojic by Trent Pace photographer
Photographer Trent Pace - black and white photo
Male body portrait in black and white by Trent Pace

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Some tips for Black and White Portrait Photography

In the era of digital cameras capable of capturing millions of colors, why would you choose to do black and white portrait photography?

For me – and many others – it’s a simple matter of aesthetics. A good black and white treatment has a way of stripping unneeded information from an image. It is helping you emphasize specific elements without the distractions color can create.

And fortunately, portrait photography is a genre where black and white images can really shine.

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However, like any photographic technique, there are tips you can follow to make sure your images have the most impact. Here are simple tips that will instantly improve your black and white portraits – no matter your level of experience.

So if you’re looking to take your black and white portrait shooting to the next level, read on!

1. Start with black and white in mind

For many photographers, black and white is more than a creative choice at the post-production stage; instead, it’s a mindset. If you can start creating an image knowing that you ultimately intend it to be black and white, you can take steps to ensure that all of the elements of a good monochrome image are in place before you press the shutter.

Things like tonal contrast, lighting contrast, and appropriate expressions from your subjects are all elements that are difficult, if not impossible, to fix after an image is taken.

If you have trouble imagining how an image may look in black and white, try using the monochrome setting on your camera. I don’t recommend you use an in-camera black and white conversion for your final image. As long as you shoot in a RAW file format, then all of your image’s color data will still be present in the file, and Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw will reset the photo back to color once it’s imported.

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Working in black and white will give you an idea of how an image will look without color. All while still providing the highest amount of versatility in post-production.

The question is: Would above photos look better is made in color instead of black and white? There is no simple answer to that. It really depends on what are you looking for in photos. As a photographer as well as a viewer.

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