sarahmarinophotoBlack and white photography tip #6 of 10 📷 Without color, composition is essential. Some color photos can succeed due to the sheer overwhelming power of dramatic, colorful light 🌅 even with a less then compelling composition. With black and white photography, the emotional reaction associated with strong color is gone. 😱 This means that composition plays an elevated role in creating compelling black and white photographs. Thus, learning to integrate strong graphic elements and abstractions into your compositions can help elevate a black and white portfolio.
In the simplest terms, composition is the arrangement and flow of elements within a photo. As the photographer, you are able to make the choices about what to include or leave of out of your photograph and how to arrange fixed elements within the frame. In creating black and white photographs of natural scenes, I believe that the most important element in developing stronger compositional skills is learning to see beyond the literal qualities of your subject matter.
When looking at a group of trees 🌲, for example, start training your eye to identify elements like the lines created by the trunks and repeating patterns in the leaves 🍁or needles, or when viewing sand dunes, learn to recognize sensual curves, textures of the sand, repeating patterns, and lines. In these cases, you are looking beyond the literal subjects - trees and sand - to see the abstract qualities that you can use to craft your photographs. 💁🏻📷 Photo: Death Valley National Park, California.
- jake.sujanAwesome 👏🏻
- brok_photoVraiment superbe et poétique ! 👏
- russellcurrBeautiful image - superb
- poordogphotographyLayer upon layer. Really like the strong foreground element of the dune in shadow, stretching edge to edge.
- apatche_photographyAwesome shot... 👍
- hr.sohankarThanks for another tip. Before, I read a book for composition that its name is composition for dummies, do you have any suggestion for me?
- firstname.lastname@example.org My ebook on black and white photography includes a section on composition. It is for sale on our website (www.naturephotoguides.com). If you really want to dive into this subject, you could start with Visual Flow from Ian Plant. That ebook is a great, in-depth resource on this topic. Erin Babnik also has a helpful article on composition, which you could find pretty easily with Google.
- jeremy_calowWonderful image Sarah!!
- mitchmoraskiphotographyFantastic capture Sarah...
- josh_dalbyThanks for the tip! I rarely go black and white, but perhaps I'll try it for a bit to work on my composition.
- hr.sohankar@sarahmarinophoto Thank you so much for your perfect answer.
- adedotunajibadeStrong image!
- drewaltizerGood post
- rickfshBeautiful 👌
- joelcleareGreat B&W image.
- heidibholmSuch wonderful work 👏🏻👏🏻
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