Make a Picture Black and White

Black and white photography’s roots lie firmly in analog film. Meanwhile, we’re now standing well inside photography’s digital age. Maybe that’s why so many of what we call “black and white” photos today are just desaturated digital photographs. These are usually dull, gray, and short on contrast. So let’s take a look at how to create black-and-white pictures worthy of the name, using Zoner Photo Studio.

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AuthorMajo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

Comments (8)

  1. C’est une aide précieuse Merci

  2. it’s for when the french version .modijobi

  3. Excellent article and very good explanation!

    1. We’re very happy you like it, thank you!

  4. einfach kolossal, DANKE!!!

    1. Wir danken auch!

  5. Bruce Baker-Johnson, Brubaker Imaging

    Whilst I agree with a lot of this article I feel it does a basic disservice to monochrome within the camera and other points thereof. As a monochrome (not black and white note – that’s just 2 colour effects) film user both professionally and personally over 65 years i reckon I know a little bit. So digital then. I have my X-Pro and X100S cameras set to take “B&W” (because thats what the menu says) with a filter effect ‘Red’, ‘Yellow, etc just as per my film days – this is set as of course ‘fine’ jpg’s (because that’s what you are stuck with unless you get a dedicated Leica – if only!) PLUS RAW – Hence “FINE+RAW” in the camera. So I have both mono (jpg) and RAW with the colour info. Plus side with the viewfinder system on both these cameras is just being able to flick the front switch to see the subject in mono or colour. The vast majority of the in-camera monochrome shots require no post processing except crop/straighten/add grain etc. It costs you nothing to try this except space on the memory card so just give it a try you may save yourself work and surprise yourself into the bargain.

    1. I believe there’s much more modern cameras can do today, so thank you for this information.

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