15 May Reasons to Shoot Monochromatic and Colour Photography

Source: Fujifilm X Blog

With the ease of publishing colour photography, both digitally and in print, monochromatic photos can seem like relics of the past. But there are moments when your shots are best served in black and white. The shapes and busyness of your composition might suggest it is time to break from colour and go monochromatic.


Look for a few reasons to make your next shot monochromatic.


Simplify composition and emphasise basics.

If the colour in your background and light sources is too busy, a monochromatic shot brings focus back to your subject. Your background elements still matter for the shot, but you need not worry about balance and blend of colours.

“Artillery” by Dennis Vogelsang, Fujifilm X-T1


Bring stark shapes to the forefront.

Images that utilise jarring shapes especially benefit greatly from monochromatic. Viewers’ eyes have less to look for when colour is removed, so more of their attention goes toward the geometry in your image.

“Brooklyn Bridge” by David Guest, Fujifilm X100S

Compensate for light sources with ugly hues.

You may have adequate lighting for your shot, but your light source is too warm or cool. If a lamp, fluorescent bulb or car headlight presents an unflattering hue, try the shot in black and white.

“A rainy night in Sydney” by Francis Gorrez, Fujifilm X-T10


Connote timelessness.

Because monochromatic photos were more common decades ago, we still associate them with history. Invoke timelessness in your shots today by going back to black and white. Portraits and cityscapes shot in monochromatic feel like they have a place in the photographic past.

“Look At Me! Lunchtime Rendezvous” by Justin Curtis, Fujifilm X100S


See faces in a new way.

People of all races and backgrounds can be photographed well in monochromatic, which diminishes blemishes and discolorations. Get a full range of black-and-white hues with a well-lit portrait.


Of course, not every moment is best served in black and white. Remember why your image might need a full spectrum of colour.

“Country Meets City” by Grant Ashford, Fujifilm X-Pro2


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