With black and white photography you have no colour to hide behind. Your composition becomes critical. If you don't have a strong backbone to your image, it will be lacklustre.
Shooting for black and white is an essential exercise for intermediate and advanced photographers. By critically examining your images you can see where your composition falls short, and take steps to improve next time.
2018 sees the launch of the A Year With My Camera graduates' online camera club. It is for people who have done at least the first 5 lessons of AYWMC (up to and including editing), who know their way around a camera, and who are ready for more challenging projects. We have a single extended project each month, and the inaugural project has been to investigate photographers who shoot in black and white, choose someone to research more deeply, and then create a black and white image inspired by that person.
The first group of graduates have come up with so many amazing photographers that I wanted to include them all in a master list for easy reference. Take some time, lose yourself in some of these websites, and maybe go away with new ideas for your own photography.
These are in no particular order, take pot luck:
Berenice Abbott 1898-1991
Jane Hope Brown 1925-2014
Ansel Adams 1902-1984
Vivian Maier 1926-2009
Andre Kertesz 1894-1985
Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004
Dorothea Lange 1895-1965
Julia Margaret Cameron 1815-1879
Frank Meadow Sutcliffe 1853-1941
Edward Weston 1886-1958
Karl Blossfeldt 1865-1932
Hermann Reichling 1890-1948
Marti Friedlander 1928-2016
Margaret Bourke-White 1904-1971
Join the waiting list
The camera club opens for new applications only 3 times a year. Click the button below to join the waiting list: