Timeless, elegant, pure. These are but a few words used to describe photos captured in monochromatic color.
The invention of the first camera brought to life black-and-white photography. While it may be true that color photography is more widely used nowadays, the tradition of black and white photography continues to live in the works of artists worldwide.
Color psychologists believe that black connotes power and authority. Villains are often cloaked in black to distinguish themselves as the antagonists. On the other hand, white is the color associated with purity and innocence. Together, the contrasting elements of black and white provide an excellent foundation for producing a good photo.
It’s different when you view a photo in color, and it’s another thing when you view it in black and white. The latter removes the distraction of color, forcing the eye to home in on the subject of the photo. It gives the photographers more room to focus on composition. Moreover, the high level of contrast in black and white photos urges the photographer to give more consideration to the shadows and shapes involved in their subjects.
To give you illustrations of how monochromatic colors affect the look and feel of photos, here are 15 outstanding black and white images of animals:
Black Cat White Cat by bludlivijkot
Zebra Black and White by Jenvanw
Life in Black and White by gilad
Black Bow by bubblywums
Black by WouterPera
Tiger IV Black’n'White by werram
White Lion 02 by Alannah-Hawker
Black and White by blue-eyed-book-lover
Jaguar by StFamous
black + white by Tiroko
Black and White by nightwibe
Black and White by EvilNessCroft
White Virtue? or Black Guilt? by MissMorgan
Black Hole Sun by NightBorder16
Pelecanus by NicolasEvariste
Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, try your hand in black-and-white animal photography. Bring to life the subtleties in a subject that are often lost in colored photos. Experience first-hand the changes monochromatic color can bring to your technique.
Nikko Marasigan writes topic about marketing, branding, graphic design, and blogging. He writes for Uprinting, a leading socially responsible online printing, marketing and technology firm that offers business card printing, postcards, brochures, canvas prints and various printed marketing media.
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