Nature Photography in Black and White – Practical Tips with Stunning Photographs

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The Roots of Black and White Photography is much deeper than that of Color Photography. Initially there wasn’t much to choose for photographers. It was all in Black and white. Even today people stick to this shade of color for the enjoyment is gives with a very different digital process. Black and white photography conveys things in a very artistic way. The impression it creates is beyond one’s vision and creativity. so what is the difference between this and color? In color the person is drawed to it visually, whereas in B/W he is stimulated intellectually, which is not the way many people see the world.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Stewart Ayrey

Few amazing tips in getting you started with nature photography with black and white.

1) Choose the Location

Knowing your destination, before preparing to start can make photography and travel much easier and interesting. Always choose locations which are easily accessible/commutable. The difficulty in getting there shouldn’t affect one’s photography. Get a quick note on the weather, time of sunset/sunrise etc to make the trip a memorable one.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Helio Cristovao

2) Feel the Subject

If you need to create nature photography, you must have to personalize the experience before shooting. Choose your subjects carefully, photographs will profit from the subjects. Interesting subjects are what makes an interesting photograph, it reflects in your image. Look for the one which takes you by surprise. Your photograph will be surprising for others.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Maximo Panés

3) Seeing in Black and White

Look beyond the colors, stop colors from blocking your vision. This process can be tough at the beginning, believe me even the masters found in tough in the beginning. Start evaluating the scene based on the subject and composition, avoid color to play a bigger role, think neutral. Master the art of Black and white Photography.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Hengki Koentjoro

4) Light is the Key

The properties of light has been phenomenal and it is slowly understood by us over the period of time. Learn some basic concepts of light to make exceptional photographs, one need not be a physics professor. Start to observe how light illuminates and enriches a subject. Nature photography is very dependent on light, Your continuous study can do wonders to your photography. After all photography is nothing but art of light.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Rohan

5) Play with Long Exposure

Long exposure, is like penance. A vision for a prolonged amount of time. You glance at a space for some amount of time, slowly but gradually the scene becomes a part of you. You become engulfed within and it aspires you. Long exposure photography is art. Try it.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Will Le

6) Look for Graphic Elements

Lines,Shapes, forms of patterns, Textures these are the essential elements when you remove color from your photograph. Without colors their noise becomes a music in form of B/W. It is how you perceive in achieving an art with the right combination of these elements which can in turn produce some stunning visuals.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit :Laurence Penne

7) Magic with Contrast

Black and white can be very compelling with strong visual impact when you play with the magic of contrast. Those tones of grey, or white with a touch of strong contrast can be very stimulating. Create your own style of tones and shades. Admiration is certain.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit:Kim Stevens

Stunning Examples of Black and White Nature Photography

Here I have collected some amazing examples of black and white nature photography. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Hengki Koentjoro

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Peter Levi

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Christopher George

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Nordin Seruyan

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Maria

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Lahor

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Ben Heine

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : John Ormerod

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Keith Aggett

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit :Mieke Boynton

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Frankie Pierce

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Hengki Koentjoro

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Giorgio

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : How Pin Tang

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : Warna Alam

Nature Photography in Black and White - Tips and Examples
Photo Credit : MoisesLevy.com

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Comments

  1. Sudharshun says:

    Awesome collection!

  2. Dick De Leon says:

    Very nice job. Yes, the Black and White is always great, in nature too.

  3. Fredorod says:

    great job. love it.

  4. Karen Hutton says:

    very nice. love it.

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