Shape, Structure, and Tone in Black and White Photography – Free Quick Guide

Shape, structure, and tone are the backbone of black and white photography.

Without good composition that incorporates shape, structure, and tone – monochrome photos will appear weak. They will not engage viewers.

With color photography, you can use different hues to help build your pictures.

Creating photos in black and white requires greater attention to how light reflects off of shapes. This reflection determines how the tones are rendered in grayscale.

How you combine these elements to add structure to your black and white composition will determine whether it holds together well or falls apart.

In this guide, we will discuss how learning to ‘see’ in black and white can help you make more compelling monochrome images.

We will also take a look at how you must discern color hues so that you can translate them into exciting grayscale tones.

Finally, we’ll cover how using the shapes and lines in a scene, whether real or implied, helps to create structure in photo composition.

So much to learn! You better get started.

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Photo Credit: Kevin Landwer-Johan

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