YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH A “COLOR PORTRAIT” AFTER SEEING THIS

If you combine two of the most fascinating branches in photography (totally subjective comment ), what do you get? The black and white portrait of course

Don’t you tell me that as a photographer of any kind you have never made a portrait? You may have come here without photographing a building or a flower, but a face? I bet so, and also several times. And it would be hard for me to believe that you have never taken a black and white photograph. Whether directly from your camera or transforming it later, I would dare to say that you have done it, and also several times, am I wrong?

Be that as it may, whether you’re passionate about black and white or not, I recommend you take a look at the following selection of portraits. As we have recommended more than once, inspiration comes through multiple paths, one of them is to observe images of others, so relax and take a look at the following images, I hope you enjoy them .

1. AN IMAGE WITH NOISE

Not always the noise in an image is annoying, it can also be deeply pictorial and evocative, as in the following image.

Not everything is sharpness and definition

2. HIGH CONTRAST PHOTOGRAPHY

The high contrast (deep difference between light and shadow or between light and dark) can give us images such as the following, which not only impacts by the treatment of light and contrast, but also and above all by the message that transmits the image, Don’t you think

Not only is it technical, especially it is the message we transmit

3. A DOSE OF ORIGINALITY

Different frames usually make us stop more before an image and get involved in it. How did it happen? Where are the legs? Who is this lord of the hat? Is it a self portrait? Oh no, it’s the photograph of a photograph!

Different frames or images enliven our interaction with the image

4. DOUBLE EXPOSURE

We have already commented on this technique step by step on some occasions in this blog, you can see how to do it here , and the results of the blog followers here , in the challenge of double exposure.

Black and white double exposure example

5. BLACK AND WHITE IN LOW KEY

It is another of the techniques that we have already commented on the blog. If you have a dark background, a specific light and some patience, you can dare with this technique. I assure you the results are fantastic. I recommend this article where you explain the low key and high step by step.

Low key portrait

6. BLACK AND WHITE IN HIGH KEY

If you are looking for an image full of light, pure and positive, you just need a white background and follow the advice in this article and be inspired by the results of the challenge we had on this topic here .

High key portrait

7. THE EVERYDAY

It is not the first time we have commented on the importance in photography that objects and people around us have; of everyday life as an eternal source of inspiration. It is not necessary to go to the Orinoco Delta to obtain wonderful images of animals. If you have one, you do not need to leave home, and if not, it is a great excuse to make a book of your pet to a friend while you practice and do and undo as you like

Everything around us is likely to be a great photograph

8. SYMBOLOGY

The abstract, the mysterious and / or the conceptual, link very well with black and white. Don’t forget to exploit your possibilities

Black and white is evocative, symbolic and abstract

 9. IMAGE TREATMENT

Whether from the “purist” branch (the less touch-up better) or the “instagram generation” (where not using a filter is almost unthinkable) to convert an image to black and white, you always need to be processed. In your hand is staying with the type of processing that you define and in which you feel comfortable. Like everything, it is a matter of practice and trial-error.

How you decide to treat the image can completely change a photograph

10. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

We have already commented on more than one occasion, the importance of everything that surrounds the protagonist of the image. Ideally, the environment reinforces the subject, makes it more interesting and highlights it.

A well chosen environment increases the interest of the image

11. SILHOUETTES

We have already commented on how well the formal compositions are in black and white photography, right?

Silhouettes and formal compositions

12. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF TO THE GAZE OF THE HUMAN BEING

An intense look is in any animal species, you don’t have to limit yourself to that of human beings.

Looks

13. BLACK AND WHITE TEXTURES

Texture is a very important element in black and white photography, since by stripping color images, the rest of the elements become much more relevant, including texture.

Portrait textures

14. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF TO FACES

Look for original frames, new points of view, what really inspires you and gives free rein to your imagination

Do not limit yourself to faces

Have you already decided to leave the color for black and white? At least it has inspired you enough to try to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of monochrome for a season? Be that as it may, I hope you enjoyed the images and have inspired you to what we always try to promote in the blog; to practice

And you know, if you liked it, it has been useful, and you think that someone else may be interested in reading it, do not hesitate to share it on your favorite social network: Facebook, Twitter or Google +. And as always, thank you very much

 


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