20 Examples of Outstanding Black and White Images :: Digital Photo Secrets

20 Examples of Outstanding Black and White Images

by David Peterson 5 comments

Black and white images are beautiful and classic - so don't be tempted to use shortcuts when it comes to creating them. Your camera's black and white mode and that "convert to grayscale" button in Photoshop seem so simple, but they aren't going to give you the excellent range of tones that these photos have.


[ Top image West Plateau by Flickr user Wolfhorn]

  • Nikon D90
  • f/4.5
  • 0.002 sec (1/500)
  • 35 mm

Worn And Tired by Flickr user evanleavitt

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 100
  • f/18.0
  • 5
  • 10 mm

Spring Melt by Flickr user Wolfhorn

  • Nikon D300
  • 100
  • f/95.0
  • 0.004 sec (1/250)
  • 270 mm

Thirstiness {Explored} by Flickr user Abdulrahman BinSlmah


Cisco by Flickr user ✮мιcнεllε✮


  • Nikon D60
  • 100
  • f/1.8
  • 0.003 sec (1/320)
  • 35 mm

Withering Away by Flickr user evanleavitt

  • Nikon D300
  • 200
  • f/4.0
  • 0.01 sec (1/100)
  • 26 mm

ghost rider by Flickr user Kris Kros

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/16.0
  • 0.008 sec (1/125)
  • 59 mm

Black And White Flowers by Flickr user Sanches90s

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • 100
  • f/16.0
  • 0.033 sec (1/30)
  • 10 mm

Shadows by Flickr user Wolfhorn


    by Flickr user José L.Gutiérrez

    • Nikon D40X
    • 100
    • f/5.3
    • 0.006 sec (1/160)
    • 146.7 mm

    G & Γ by Flickr user Thomai Pavlidou***

    • Fujifilm X100S
    • 800
    • f/13.0
    • 0.001 sec (1/800)
    • 23 mm

    Window Treatment by Flickr user jwoodford35

    • Canon EOS 7D
    • 100
    • f/6.3
    • 2
    • 10 mm

    SALA DEL MONASTERIO DE MORERUELA by Flickr user penn84^^

    • Nikon D5000
    • 250
    • f/6.7
    • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    • 26 mm

    Clouds Over Hurricane Ridge (B/W) by Flickr user snowsoftJ4C


      Stunning Black & White Iceberg Photos from Jan Erik Waider http://5thin.gs/181h60O We've see the gorgeous blues, whites and greens of Jan Erik Waider's photos before. This set of shots focus on the form of the giant ice structures, putting them in a nearl by Flickr user rtsnance

      • Nikon D40
      • 400
      • f/8.0
      • 0.008 sec (1/125)
      • 55 mm

      Almost Afloat by Flickr user ervinhinojales

      • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
      • 800
      • f/2.8
      • 0.017 sec (1/60)
      • 70 mm

      dumplings by Flickr user pixelcity

      • Canon EOS 500D
      • 100
      • f/11.0
      • 240
      • 17 mm

      The Smaller Cobb by Flickr user AdamFeery

      • Nikon D90
      • 1600
      • f/5.6
      • 0.003 sec (1/400)
      • 300 mm

      Tenderness by Flickr user Soleil is me.

      • Nikon D70s
      • 200
      • f/5.6
      • 0.004 sec (1/250)
      • 300 mm

      Our world away from the world ! by Flickr user abhinavt


        Gorgeous black and white pic of a man feeding birds in Krakow by Flickr user Future Fun


          Rain beads by Flickr user Jessica Shea Photography

          • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
          • 100
          • f/11.0
          • 25
          • 23 mm

          Stormy Cherry Pond by Flickr user NBush Photography

          • Canon EOS 7D
          • 200
          • f/20.0
          • 0.3
          • 70 mm

          Following the Flow.... by Flickr user PatT&5

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          Comments

          1. Barb Feggestad says:

            My son has taken & posted several - many black & white photos, and I viewed them all carefully. For some odd reason I never gave it a thought to take pictures in B & W -- many years ago, that's how I started out! I'll need to look in my camera manual to see how to set it up! That's how much I know about this now!
            Thanks for providing a lesson in B & W!

            Barb

          2. Sheila says:

            Superb photos gets the mood exactly I really must have a go at black and white

          3. Dave says:

            Love these photos and techniques that you shared. Thank you very much for all that you share with us folks.
            Dave

          4. Berni says:

            Although I am just starting photography your course is helping immensely & now I will
            practice your suggestions for composing black & white photos. Thanks for all your great tips.

          5. Chelle Lewin says:

            The simplicity in black white photos was striking . It's encouraged me to relook at what might just be special in a black & white photo . Thanks for great tip :) , Chelle .

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