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Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Steve Simon, Rick Rickman, David Brommer, John Batdorff, Laurie Excell

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7. Black and White

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Learning to See in Black and White

By John Batdorff

In the digital age, black-and-white photography is as popular as ever, and the good news is that it’s never been easier to create stunning black-and-white images. Although the process of digital black-and-white photography is different from film, what makes a good image remains the same. We need to keep our eyes peeled for elements like tonal contrast, strong lines, patterns, shapes, and texture. We need to learn to see in grayscale. Postprocessing has also never been easier; we have access to amazing software that allows us to bring out the best in our black-and-white ...

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