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25 Magical Black and White Street Photography Examples

25 Magical Black and White Street Photography Examples

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City 1
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This is one of my favorite black and white photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge. This piece gives a unique perspective and view, almost like a spider web vibe to this architectural landmark.

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The good think with Black & White photography is that it works for (almost) everything. It particularly looks great for street photography. It emphasizes the various textures, reflections and create a stronger impact. However, I know that for beginners, Black & White street photography can be difficult. There is many reasons why: you don’t really want to wander alone in the city taking pictures; you’re not sure what to look for to create a great shot and last but not least, taking strangers in picture is really daunting. I know, because ALL photographers were beginners at some point. And most of them probably faced the same difficulties.

Black & White photography is a great exercise for all photographers but especially beginners. By removing the colours, it will force you to look for others aspects in your photos: texture, angle, point of view, frame etc.

This article will give you various ideas for Black & White photography in the city. So, do you want to know how to create a great picture with impact? How to capture strangers in the street? Let’s get started!

The first thing you need to do is to set your camera to shot in RAW + JPEG. You can find this option in the settings menu of your camera (where you can adjust the size/quality of your photos). This step is very important because it will allow you to really shoot in Black & White (JPEG) while still saving a version of your picture (RAW) that has colours.

Now, set your camera to monochrome (usually same place where you can select the mode as standard, vivid etc). That way you will be able to “see” in Black & White while shooting and take the best picture possible.

Moonlight over New York City
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Are you living in a city where you can barely see the moon and the stars because of skyscrapers and pollution?

Each print is signed and numbered. This is a first edition of this fine art print and is limited to 50 pieces altogether, ranging from various sizes and prices.

Capturing the moon during the evening isn’t easy, especially living in New York City. It’s a sight that we take granted on a daily basis but with the moon standing out amongst the clear, summer night sky, it’s one of the most pure night photography shots that I’ve taken.

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Buildings

I would advise starting with Building photography, simply because it is the easiest. In any city, you can find building, monuments or landmarks that will look great while shooting in Black & White. You can start with a very classic shot, then try original angles, why not shot at a low angle to emphasize the size of the buildings?

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People

Yes, I know, people photography is one of the hardest but also one of the most rewarding. That’s why I think you should start early to avoid any blocages.

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Animals

This one is a very easy and rewarding exercise. EVERYONE is happy for you to take their dog in picture and you don’t have to hide for this one. You can get the dog attention, take a picture of the dog and his human, go to their level, from above. Seriously, the possibilities are infinite with dogs.

One World Trade, New York
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Do you love the black and white photography and New York City landmark.

If so, this photography print is for you. Featuring the infamous One World Trade Center, this captures the essence of New York City, no matter where you live. This architectural photograph is a must have for photography lovers!

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Textures & Patterns

Another thing to look for in Black & White photography is patterns & textures. That’s where “seeing” directly in B&W from your camera will help you. Look for originality: water, light, anything that could bring texture to your photography in Black & White.

Reflections in Windows

This one can be tricky but when done right, it can be impressively artistic. It could also be another tip for people photography. If you’re not ready for shooting directly at people, why not capture their reflection?

Shops

Shops, especially around Christmas can be great for photographers. All the work is already half done!

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Here were just a few examples of how you can take your black and white street photography to a new level!

Below, I have selected another group of photos for inspiration. Go out and shoot and I hope you level up your photography game in the city streets!

Kick, Push
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Do you love the black and white photography and New York City culture?

If so, this photography print is for you. Featuring a skateboarder enjoying a typical day, this captures the essence of New York City, no matter where you live. Photographed off of a rooftop in Lower East Side. This photograph is a must have for street photography lovers!

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