5 Tips on How to Create Better Black & White Images

1: Shoot in RAW.  Many times when shooting for black and white, the photo just doesn’t turn out right when you review it on the computer.  By shooting in RAW, you will be able to change your mind later if the photo wasn’t as great as you had hoped.

2: Try long exposure. Long exposure shots can work really well in monochrome photography, especially where there’s moving water or clouds.

3: Look for contrast. The best black and white photos usually have some part of the photo that is almost pure white, and some part of the photo that is almost black.  This increased contrast adds interest to the scene in the photography.

4: Experiment with filters. Don’t be afraid to use filters. This includes the red, green, orange, and yellow filters. Using filters darken the sky and make clouds look more defined.

5: Shooting when overcast. It doesn’t really matter if it’s an overcast day when shooting B&W. Clouds are white, so is your film.