This week we’re combining two distinct genres to form Black and White Minimalism. Black and White photos, inherently feel a little minimalistic. Using a composition that’s minimalistic, like having negative space, really adds to this unique shooting style.
Black and White minimalism usually yields a very clean and clutter-free aesthetic. A strong subject will draw the viewer’s eye, and a lot of negative space around your subject will support the main “star” of your frame.
You can create minimalism with negative space, and you can also use light and shadow by only lighting your main subject and leaving the rest of the frame in shadow (low key) or by lighting your background bright as well to create a high-key look.
But, in particular for this challenge, do remember that: Less Is More 🙂
Be Direct: Simple does not mean boring. try to tell a story and convey emotion with as little clutter as possible.
Negative Space: Take advantage of negative space. The “empty” space in your photo will draw the attention of the viewer towards the main subject, without being distracted by other items in the photo.
Leading Lines: Use concepts like leading lines to guide your viewer’s eye to the image.
Shoot in B/W: Many cameras have a black and white mode – use that to help make things simpler when previewing the shot you’ve just taken rather than having to post-process later.
Tones and Contrast: There are a multitude of shades and tonal ranges that can be adjusted to bring out depth and textures, especially in a Black And White shot. Consider adjusting those for different looks for your image.
It is amazing how quickly time goes, three years has passed. Now the Forth year will begin. I will try to learn more ways to express myself in my monochrome pictures. Here is my entry Alone – my entry toMonochrome Madness 4-1
My entry to for this weeks Monochrome Madness is a photo from my back-yard .This wiltered flower of hydrangea was my pick for this week as I tooks photos for an other challange. It turned out so nicely into a black and white photograph. #monochromemadness #Leannecole
My entry to for this weeks Monochrome Madness is a photo from my trip to south Beach Miami. I have been very slow in going through my photographs from my trip but here are several of Night lights in Monochrome -check the link to see which I chose to send to Leanne.#monochromemadness #Leannecole
I have been very, very lazy in participating in Monochrome Madness and as the photos there are always so gorgeous, I am also very disappointed of my laziness. This week , well, here is my post for the challenge. I visited French Riviera early October and this is taken at there. This Original version can be found in color in by previous post Villefranche sur mer -rue Obscure
I love taking photos of people. I try to capture a moment in the photo, A true feeling, not a plastic smile. I say this woman sitting and taking in the life around her – and took the shot. Black and white portraits are something I really enjoy. I have here the original photo in color and this final version. Do you agree with me that the BW has more magic in it?
I have here also the original photo, color crop, and first version in BW…what speaks to you the most, please let me know.