black and white photography

Tiffany Kelly

29 amazingly gorgeous black and white photos

No matter how much I love color photography, there’s just something special about a great black and white that pulls me in. The following photos definitely fit in that ‘great black and white’ category! More than just good conversions, there is a deep amount of soul in each image, emotion so intense that you can’t help but examine each and every one on its own. Job well done to each artist below!(…)

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boys running on beach with birds picture by Helen Bartlett

Why I choose to shoot in black and white

It began with my Dad. He was an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and when my brothers and I were children, he set about documenting our growing up together. He built a darkroom in the basement of our house and the photographs that came out of it still cover the walls. Invariably, they are black and white.

I fell in love with those pictures. There was something magical about them, not least that they afforded relief to a child of the eighties with a passion for neon green: all crimes against fashion were forgiven – the lurid Dr Martens boots quietly toned down to a neutral grey. People never look at monochrome portraits and cry “what was I wearing?” Perhaps that sounds trivial, but it’s quite the opposite. Part of the magic of black and white images is their timelessness, their ability to see beyond the whims of fashion and surface detail to the essence of people. They capture their interactions and emotions.(…)

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smiling boy by Tamryn Jones

6 ways to capture a child’s personality

I remember when first starting out with my photography how all I wanted for an image was correct exposure and great eye contact.  Moving beyond the ‘cheese’ smile is an accomplishment in itself, but how do we go about getting that connection?
How do we capture personality and honesty?
Here are some tips I have picked up along the way.

1.  The laughter recovery.
This is a quick fix trick when I’m just not getting the shot I want.  My kids are so used(…)

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sooc photo of Iceland by Colorado photographer Cole Thompson

Beyond Color: expressing your vision in black and white

Fine art photographer and Click Away presenter Cole Thompson has always preferred black-and-white; it’s how he “sees” as an artist. This summer, Cole shared his vision with Click Magazine (“Vision Quest,” July-August issue) and generously added some advice on creating your own high-impact black-and-white images. – Susan Brinkley

There’s all the difference in the world between a black-and-white image created in the camera or simply de-saturated, and an image that you’ve planned and processed as a black-and-white expression of your art.

First,(…)

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newborn baby toes photo by Dana Lauder

true love | dana lauder

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this precious newborn photo by Dana Lauder won us over. Congratulations, Dana!

To see more of Dana’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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Amy Schuff

personal photo project: 28 days of february

Personal Photography Project of Amy Schuff

28 days of february

What was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
Back before the wonderful craze of 365 day photo projects, I stumbled upon a photographer who took photos of her kids each day for the month of January. I thought it was a lovely project and was sad when it ended. At the time, photography was new to me and I went a couple years thinking that projects like that were for(…)

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black and white photography by Candice Zugich

4 ways to make your black and white photos work

I absolutely adore black and white images! There’s something so personal, so emotional, so raw about them. Black and white imagery tells us a story, a story about us, it pauses life in one shot, it keeps you wanting more.
1. Light
That being said, it takes a few things to make sure you nail that kind of emotion out of a black and white image. As a photographer who uses black and white all the time, there are a few things(…)

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run black and white child photograph with stuffed bunny by Kim Pennington

run | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this wonderful black and white photograph by Kim Pennington won us over. Congratulations, Kim!

To see more of Kim’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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a day in the life with New York photographer Megan Dill

a day in the life | megan dill

A Day In The Life with Megan Dill

Since becoming a stay-at-home-mom when my 3-month-old was born this past summer, I’ve been reveling in spending quality time with both of my boys.  It was a bit too cold to play outside this day, so we had plenty of fun indoors.  A trip to the local library, time in our “school room”, yummy snacks, and lounging by the Christmas tree comprised our slow-paced day.  I can get used to this!

Megan Dill, New York
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smiling eyes black and white child photograph by Kellie Bieser of Shutter and Glass

smiling eyes | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this happy photograph without the smile by Kellie Bieser won us over. Congratulations, Kellie!

To see more of Kellie’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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black and white child photography by Elicia Graves

petal | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this black and white photograph by Elicia Graves won us over. Congratulations, Elicia!

To see more of Elicia’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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create ghost like Halloween pictures tutorial by Mickie DeVries

how to create ghostly images

**This photography tutorial was posted on the ever-growing CM forum; however, we think it’s so rad that we just had to share with you, too**
by Mickie DeVries
I thought I would do a quick tutorial of how I achieved some recent ghostly shots. I think this would be a fun idea for Halloween and I would love to see your photos if you try this!

First you need a tripod. Next you need to figure out your settings. I shot these(…)

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low light and indoor black and white personal photography project of Jessica Nelson

personal photo project: black and white, low light

Personal Photography Project of Jessica Nelson

black and white, low-light

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
In January of this year I was inspired to start a daily project of my kids for the entire month.  Little did I know it would morph into a 365, but that’s another topic of discussion.  I started out with the only goal of shooting them each day but as the first few days went on I realized that I was having(…)

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choosing to have noise in your photos by Emma Wood

How to embrace or add grain in post processing

It seems as though we spend so much time, effort and money to find the highest definition cameras and the sharpest lenses. We aim for low, or no digital noise (aka electronic noise – usually caused by signal amplification at high ISOs within the camera processing magic). We get the highest resolution of camera we can find and the lowest f-stop capable lenses, so we can shoot at lower ISOs. You may shoot in raw rather than in JPEG to(…)

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black and white street photography by Nina Mingioni

new orleans mime | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this lovely black and white photograph by Nina Mingioni stole our hearts. Congratulations, Nina!

To see more of Nina’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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mystical sunrise mountain landscape by Kristen Ryan

mystical sunrise | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this mystical sunrise landscape photograph by Kristen Ryan stole our hearts. Congratulations, Kristen!

To see more of Kristen’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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black and white photography from Clickin Moms photography forum members

black and white photography

Who doesn’t love black and white photography?  Some may prefer color, but black and white will always have a place in the photography community.  There’s something soulful about them.  This month, we asked our forum members to share their favorite black and white images with us so we could share them with you.  These are just a few of the numerous images submitted so please visit this forum thread to see all the beauty!

‘max':

‘carmencm':

‘ShanWilkinson':

‘lonerose':

‘nellie_m':

‘CrystalSamson':

‘marissa_gifford':

‘kmberd':

‘azphotogmom':

‘amcarlon':

‘CherylJacobs':

‘mickiedev':

‘krisleah2009′:

‘klpennington':

‘kjlryan':

‘jessaphb':

‘aliceche':

‘katrinedunn':

‘johannelila':

Thank you to all our awesome members(…)

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James Dean inspired portrait in black and white by Lisa Benemelis

rebel | daily of the week

Have you visited the CMpro Daily Project to get your daily dose of photography inspiration? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out! The CMpros, both hobbyist and professional photographers, are uploading beautiful photographs to it every day and each week we choose a favorite, the DOTW (daily of the week). This week, this James Dean inspired portrait by Lisa Benemelis stole our hearts. Congratulations, Lisa!

To see more of Lisa’s photography visit her website and CMpro daily images.

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photography interview with fine art photographer Cole Thompson

cole thompson interview

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with fine art photographer Cole Thompson.  Cole is a brilliant photographer and we are honored to have him here today sharing some of his wisdom with us!
an interview with cole thompson

by Caroline Jensen

Can you please touch on your practice of “Photographic Celibacy”? I found this quote on your blog:
“As I analyzed how I was working, I came to the conclusion that when I studied another photographer’s(…)

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a day in the life with California photographer Allison Jacobs

a day in the life | allison jacobs

A Day In The Life with Allison Jacobs
While I am usually working full time throughout the week, I took these Day in the Life images while we were on summer vacation visiting family and friends in Texas.  This doesn’t illustrate a typical day unless you consider we are always up for an adventure around here (that would be the chasing the squirrel part of this particular day).  This day included sleeping in until 8:00 am, running in the Texas heat(…)

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