31 Stunning Black and White Subject Study Photos on Imagekind

31 Stunning Black and White Subject Study Photos on Imagekind


Black and White photography is among one of the most striking forms. Photos sans color require an enhanced use of lighting, shadows, and subject focus. Black and white photography brings out details usually overlooked in standard color photos. Subject studies is the discipline of concentration on one particular subject. Not quite still-lifes, though they share some similar qualities, subject studies focus on one particular object in view.

Take a look below for 31 stunning black and white subject study photos on Imagekind.

Pear in Porcelain by Dawn LeBlanc

Pear in Porcelain by Dawn LeBlanc

Baby´s got Back by Andreas Stridsberg

Baby´s got Back by Andreas Stridsberg

 Ready to Bloom by Tim Zeipekis

Ready to Bloom by Tim Zeipekis

Resilience by Ari Bixhorn

 Mount Rainer by Frank Melchior

Mount Rainer by Frank Melchior

Feather Study by Keith Dotson

Feather Study by Keith Dotson

Cotton-top Tamarin by Mihkel Maripuu

salute to the sun by Antje Bormann

salute to the sun by Antje Bormann

Beach Ballerina by Nina Bradica

Subtle by Terry Shuck

Subtle by Terry Shuck

Lonely Tree on a Barren Hill by Keith Dotson

Lonely Tree on a Barren Hill by Keith Dotson

Cool Chick by Dapixara Black White Photography

Cool Chick by Dapixara Black White Photography

Column by Jean-Francois Dupuis

Flower on My Bedside Table by Ricardo Segovia

Flower on My Bedside Table by Ricardo Segovia

 Pelican Model Behaviour II by Diana Claxton

Pelican Model Behaviour II by Diana Claxton

Egret by Scott Hansen

Egret by Scott Hansen

You said you loved me by Anna Theodora

You said you loved me by Anna Theodora

Elk Crossing by Santomarco Photography

Elk Crossing by Santomarco Photography

End of the pier by David King

End of the pier by David King

Sad Labrador by Justin Paget

Sad Labrador by Justin Paget

The Wait by Maggie Dee

The Wait by Maggie Dee

Giants Ring, Belfast by Chris McKeown

Giants Ring, Belfast by Chris McKeown

Wellington by Ben Ryan

Wellington by Ben Ryan

Calla Lily by Chris Anderson

Calla Lily by Chris Anderson

The Will of the King by Larry Bohlin

The Will of the King by Larry Bohlin

Stardust I by Gigja Einarsdottir

Wet Shaking Labrador by Justin Paget

Wet Shaking Labrador by Justin Paget

 My Lost Love by Lynsey Weatherspoon

My Lost Love by Lynsey Weatherspoon

Hunter from the Deep by Myles Teo

old elephant, amboseli national park, kenya by Konstantin Kalishko

old elephant, amboseli national park, kenya by Konstantin Kalishko

Wild Horses by Heather Rivet

Wild Horses by Heather Rivet

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  • Lightworks Photography March 7, 2013 11:38 pm

    Absolutely love these black and whites! I could never shoot in colour again!

  • Rajeev July 6, 2011 01:54 am

    These submissions are terrific - in the sense that they terrify new-bees. I like moment capture in most....and B@w is B@w.

  • Kelly D Brown March 7, 2011 03:15 am

    I find BW to be the most challenging and therefore the most gratifying to create. Sometimes color can make an image more appealing if the hues and tones somehow resonate with the viewer. (I've definitely experienced this on many occasions). In this way, the composition and potentially the message of the image is ignored. The true test (IMO) is how well an image stands up without color.

    My humble contribution:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdbrown/4476882297/' title='Urban Decay II' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4476882297_cbd7b90482_z.jpg']

  • Justin February 15, 2011 08:45 pm

    I love the lion picture. It's amazing.

  • Akasha82 September 3, 2010 07:53 pm

    Beautiful! Classical and simple yet so perfect. B/W might be monochromatic but they are still very catchy. I really adore Black and White photos. They are truly inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Heywood Jablomey June 29, 2010 05:14 am

    I love that SO MANY people here are critical of B&W Photography while their B&W Photography is either utter shit or non-existent. Most people criticizing this work have no concept of composition or story-telling. Everybody's a critic, huh? I am talking to you Jeff Conklin (http://www.jeffconklin.com/) and Julian Hebbrecht (http://julianht.smugmug.com). Your work is simple and uninspiring at best. Work on your own craft before criticizing others please.

    And, Jeff C., B&W is a TRUE art form and most people who dislike are people who cannot create good B&W photographs and lack the talent themselves. It takes a true artist to create stunning and compelling B&W like what is seen here (the majority of what is seen here. Some are just OK but others are incredible).

    My $.02.

  • XS143 June 4, 2010 08:00 pm

    Wow! stunning photo's.. I love Black and white photography, it evokes so much feeling often.

  • Arif Alamsah May 11, 2010 10:16 am

    Great B&W photography wonderful idea. hope i can learn from you. would you teach me?

  • Mark April 16, 2010 11:41 pm

    great pictures i love it!

  • Sean April 9, 2010 02:48 am

    I am curious as to why so many of these "picks" are blatant Photoshops. Just curious, so no flames. Because I'm color blind, I find that I love to do black and white. Some of these shots are remarkable. But some are very good (or not) Photoshops.

  • Deborah April 2, 2010 02:29 am

    These images are glorious! I love black and white! It's why I got started in photography!

  • Eric A. Rivero March 30, 2010 02:00 pm

    Wow!! nice and wide show on what a simple shoot or an elaborated one can do. Thanks to all You!!

  • Jeff McKeown March 23, 2010 03:48 pm

    Beach Ballerina is one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen.

    Good collection.

  • ankur t March 21, 2010 04:57 am

    hy darren tellme one thing this black & white phoyograph what thingas you consider more immportant . iwill try with my d_60 but it give me the gray result not black plz hell me

  • Ricardo Segovia March 20, 2010 04:59 am

    I realized that one of mi pictures is there "Flower on My Bedside Table" It´s an honor to be with these great artists.

  • Colin Parker March 18, 2010 03:25 am

    @Anna Theodora I love your photos.

  • shekhar March 17, 2010 08:00 pm

    i m desi photographer .....................
    so good black&withe pic

  • Clyde Marie Miranda March 17, 2010 06:25 pm

    Before I don't like the black and white photos, but the moment I see this photographs, I said there is still life in it. I'm planning to make and capture some wonderful and artistic pictures soon.I love it!!!
    Thanks for this lovely photographs... ^_^

  • Dapixara March 17, 2010 02:52 am

    Thank You for adding my Black and White "Cool Chick".

  • Don Peterson March 16, 2010 07:12 am

    A couple of people have expressed surprise to see their photos posted here. Just wondering who posted them and is it OK to do this without permission from the photographer?

  • Anna Theodora March 16, 2010 05:54 am

    Oh HAI! ;D

    I just noticed one of my photos is there. How nice, I think it's the first time one of my photos is being featured here on DPS...

    I'm glad to know some of you liked my photo (you said you loved me.) ;-)

    Answering some questions, my photo was taken with a digital slr, in color, but already with a black and white composition in mid. My blouse was of a cream color, to create contrast against the background, which was white, but the lighting made it black.

    The only processing I did was turning it to black and white and increasing contrast a little bit, using levels.

    Lately I have been using black and white film, with two analog cameras. A Canon and a Minolta. I can't describe how much fun it is to make photography using film. ;-)

  • stillhavefilminthefridge March 14, 2010 02:04 pm

    I liked Giant's Ring best of all, and I am happy to see people appreciating black and white. . It's all about the light. As Ansel Adams remarked about "Moonrise over Hernandez, "The light was changing ahd I had to work fast."

  • Keith March 13, 2010 11:37 am

    Wow, I stumbled on this page by accident only to find two of my humble photos among these other amazing shots. Thanks to Nate for including my work here.

    I always shoot in color and convert to B&W in post-processing, but I'm learning to "see" the shot in B&W. Anyone who thinks a photograph should have no manipulation is fooling themselves. All photos, whether digital or film, require some form of intervention by the photographer. Ansel Adams printed Moonrise over Hernandez in many different ways, some with the twilight sky nearly black, and others with it middle gray.

  • Colin Parker March 13, 2010 11:25 am

    @Photojoe your web link does not work. can you repost it!?

  • Gef D March 13, 2010 09:44 am

    A bit amused by Jeff C's comments about B/W! I'd have the opposite view: colour is the easy option. We are so accustomed to it that a good B/W image is pretty difficult! for us to conceive
    Gef D

  • Photojoe March 13, 2010 07:50 am

    I enjoy doing b&w photos...I am now learning to make different changes using Elements 7.
    If you would like to see some of my pictures my web site add. is Zhibit/Photojoe.org

  • Paulo Resende March 13, 2010 05:39 am

    Honestly, I almost cried when I saw this pictures. They have texture, they are balanced works, and every picture has light and shados in a different way. Some of them are "3D-like", I think I can touch them. specially the Beach Ballerina, an amazing composition work.

  • Don Peterson March 13, 2010 04:48 am

    I used to love to spend time in the lab printing black & white images and I have played a little bit with digital images converting them to black & white. Viewing some of these captivating images has renewed my interest. I want to comment on "Baby´s got Back by Andreas Stridsberg." The model is beautifully posed and the skin tones are wonderful but I feel the highlights around the head and left hip are a bit too much and the light spot on the right hip is distracting. Also can't help but notice the similarity with this one and "Pelican Model Behaviour II by Diana Claxton," another beautifully posed and rendered image.

  • rohit chauhan March 13, 2010 02:33 am

    excellent pics....hope one day i'll also click pics like that.

  • tabletopdrummer March 13, 2010 02:08 am

    Great shots...I love the way b&w can change a shot that will capture light and give it a different perspective,
    example the picture of the trees in the pond. The light shines thru the trees creating a rainlight effect.
    I first discovered this in some of my own photos, when I converted them to b&w. This changed my mindset
    on this, and now I try to look for that type of lighting to capture if available.
    Thanks D.P.S.

  • stormplacid March 12, 2010 11:32 pm

    Wonderful set! ... However, a few of them clearly tailored in PS which is kinda sad. A lil lighting adjustments are acceptable but fully altered ruins the essence of photography. Like the beach Ballerina. The birds put in there (the two birds in front of her torso is same as the two in front of her left palm) and she looks atleast 5 ft. off air without much of a dent on the sand. It looks dreamy n wonderful but its not a photograph, its artwork! No offence to the artist. :) Peace

  • Lynsey March 12, 2010 07:41 pm

    Absolutely stunning images. Well done!

  • CKaufman March 12, 2010 03:18 pm

    my kids and i are listening to the chronicles of narnia right now and 'the will of the king' brought joy to my heart when i saw it.:) thanks for sharing all of these. really beautiful. love the wild horses, too.

  • Henry Hotshoe March 12, 2010 02:01 pm

    Great collection of work. Judging by the array of comments, it accomplishes the objective of creating thought provoking images. Isn't that what every great photographer hopes to achieve? One of the best explanations of the use of the monochrome medium was written by Harold Davis, Converting to Black and White: http://tiny.cc/5GR1x.

    I agree with his assessment. The use of this medium is more about presentation and preparation. While not every image is suited to this style, it does provide the photographer another dimension to use to tell their picture's story. These images represent skill, talent and great imagination. Well done.

  • Nishith Dalal March 12, 2010 01:41 pm

    Wish I was the man behind the lens in all the above 31. Unbelievable captures!!

  • abacusv March 12, 2010 01:20 pm

    Great shots!! There might be good shots from other members but these are great too.

  • karthik March 12, 2010 10:56 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/10050074@N05/4423249029/' title='DSC_0427' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4423249029_c1559245eb.jpg']
    wow...pictures..hats off!!!

  • Julian March 12, 2010 08:09 am

    They're OK - a few very good ones but not really stunning. Many of them lack contrast. Also most of the subjects shown are not that exciting either, we have seen many like this before.
    I am sure many readers have better pictures in their portfolios.

  • Mandi March 12, 2010 07:35 am

    Incredible captures - most of these are just that - captured moments that have occurred naturally - my favourite type of photography - well done to all :)

  • Amanda March 12, 2010 07:22 am

    I would say she has definately added the girl in beach ballerina for a start no ne can jump that high! and as someone else said ther are no footprints still it looks fab i like the wild horse shot also :)

  • pixelsmithy March 12, 2010 06:14 am

    Umm... Giant's Ring, Belfast is not entirely B&W.

  • pixelsmithy March 12, 2010 06:11 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelsmithy/4346411782/' title='1933 LaSalle' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4346411782_a00fa300e9.jpg']

  • selfein March 12, 2010 06:03 am

    What a wonderful set of photos!! LOVE THEM!!!

  • hmhphotography March 12, 2010 05:35 am

    I have to say I love f2point4's reply - it takes a true artist to be able to take a photo and a computer wiz to make it a photo in Photoshop - I find too many people now relay/depend on Photoshop to make a photograph a picture and not a true piece of art!

  • Mindy March 12, 2010 04:49 am

    Is the Beach Ballerina a composite image? I see no footprints to indicate that she was actually in that place. I wish there was a way to identify composites vs. images that are made of actual scenes - it would take a lot more skill to shoot Beach Ballerina than to put it together afterwards. However, it is a beautiful shot.

  • Nick Grove March 12, 2010 04:49 am

    Excellent collection of photographs that perfectly demonstrate your point. My fav is the Pelican!

  • gary March 12, 2010 04:32 am

    How do you get the background so black and leave the image? I have photoshop elements 7 and I just have not figured that out.

  • Devin March 12, 2010 03:49 am

    I love good black and white but as a lively semi-professional in the world of travel, I have never had good success. This may be the inspiration needed to try again.

  • vicente yrasuegui March 12, 2010 03:45 am

    black and white photos to me seems to be more dramatic and a lot stories to tell.i like most is the "You said you love me" and "the sad labrador"

  • pixelsmithy March 12, 2010 03:39 am

    A good number of these striking B&W images appear to be infrared.

  • Sena Zimmer March 12, 2010 03:36 am

    Beach ballerina was awesome. It made me feel FREE! Simply amazing work.

  • Colin Parker March 12, 2010 03:12 am

    If your shooting raw with NIKON you can shoot with the B&W setting like I do and then convert to color. just remember this only works for raw files and not .jpg

  • Den March 12, 2010 03:11 am

    I love the simplicity of all the pictures.

  • Jeff C March 12, 2010 03:05 am

    I must admit, I usually dislike B&W photography. A lot of "artsy" people with no talent use this style to cover up their lack of understanding towards color. But in this case, many (is not most) are rather good.

  • pixelsmithy March 12, 2010 02:55 am

    What do you think of this?

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelsmithy/4346411782/' title='1933 LaSalle' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4346411782_a00fa300e9.jpg']

  • Jason Collin Photography March 12, 2010 01:53 am

    P.S. I really like the silhouette ballerina shot. Very well executed. The horse shots look ethereal and are well suited to black & white also.

  • Jason Collin Photography March 12, 2010 01:53 am

    If you use the B&W mode in your digital camera you are limiting yourself greatly. In that mode, your camera captures much less data, therefore your final image quality will not be able to compare to a RAW color capture that was later converted to black & white. This is just the way black & white photography is done in 2010, unless someone is still using B&W film.

    For making images black and white I love Nik's Silver Efex Pro 3. Since I started using it last year, it has made me really, really like black & white photographs. I write more in detail why I love Silver Efex Pro here:


  • Michael March 12, 2010 12:37 am

    Taken at Inch Abbey in Downpatrick, Co. Down Northern Ireland[eimg url='http://www.michaelmclaughlin.co.uk/IMG_0118.JPG' title='IMG_0118.JPG']This is the first Photograph I ever took using a DSLR

  • JackBenedict March 12, 2010 12:04 am

    I started out taking Black & White photographs many moons ago - and as to whether these are converted from colour to B+W is academic. A whole series of photographs exceptionally well taken,excellent subject matter and which suited B+W reproduction - what more could one ask for. Stunning,absolutely stunning.

  • f2point4 March 11, 2010 11:15 pm

    One of the pictures is mine. To answer some of the questions here, my picture was taken digitally and in colour. It was not 'manipulated', I resent the implication of the word, it was processed. I learned photography in film days, and we used black and white as colour processing was too complicated and time-consuming to be done in a general photography class setting.
    To the people who have issues with converting from colour to b&w - you can actually print b&w from colour negatives. Just treat the negative like a rather thin b&w negative.
    I take my pictures in colour as then I have both options, whereas if I take a picture in b&w, I am limited to that. A bit pointless in my opinion, but certainly an option for 'purists'.
    Any black and white image, I may remind you, starts out as a real-life colour scene. I don't think it matters much where the conversion happens.

  • Colin Parker March 11, 2010 01:50 pm

    The whole topic of B/W photography is lovely and these most of these images are very inspirational.

  • Anil Ramesh March 11, 2010 01:45 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anilramesh/3906691047/' title='Sun Rays' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3500/3906691047_e5e41d84a9.jpg']

  • Anil Ramesh March 11, 2010 01:37 pm

    Nice Pics.

  • Saad March 11, 2010 11:02 am

    I have yet to experiment black and white although I have tried giving a hint of colour to differentiate my subject once.

  • Chelsea Rosenberg March 11, 2010 10:39 am

    just straight up goregous photos here.

  • Mei Teng March 11, 2010 10:35 am

    I love the Wild Horses! Beautitul.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey March 11, 2010 08:24 am

    Absolutely FANTASTIC.

  • Sahil Mehta March 11, 2010 08:18 am

    "Beach Ballerina by Nina Bradica" Excellect image.. I

  • Erick March 11, 2010 04:03 am

    Some very nice shots. My question is what constitutes a "black and white study" as oppose a photo taken and deciding later that it looks better as a B&W? Many of these don't seem like they intended them to be B&W, let alone a study. A "black and white study" just adds such a pretentious air to a simple but yet beautiful photography. I don't mean to offend but rather discuss. ;-)

  • Willie Coyote March 11, 2010 03:34 am

    I wonder if these pictures were all captured on film or digital?? Any info?

  • A March 11, 2010 03:03 am

    Some pretty heavy-handed vignetting in here. I'd say Beach Ballerina and Elk Crossing are truly stunning. Will of the King is a great moment but I'd rather see it in color.

  • Michael M. March 11, 2010 02:37 am

    Compelling images, thanks for sharing. Note to self: titles of images should not contain implications which distract from or confuse the inherent quality of the image, and let the thesaurus be.

  • Lin March 11, 2010 02:34 am

    Inspiring black & white images! Were they post processed? Were they originally shot in black and white?

  • Fotograf Trine Bjervig March 11, 2010 02:30 am

    beautiful photos!

  • Diane March 11, 2010 01:34 am

    I would love to know what Imagekind uses for blw conversion!

  • Greg Taylor March 11, 2010 01:31 am

    These are some inspiring Black and White images. I'd like to know if they were shot in a monochrome setting or were they manipulated and converted to Black and White.

  • Fábián Gábor - fotograf nunta Cluj March 11, 2010 01:31 am

    These are some very well shot, highly detailed photos.
    Wild Horses by Heather Rivet and Cotton-top Tamarin by Mihkel Maripuu photos are very dramatic and are my favorites.

  • PotatoEYE March 11, 2010 01:06 am

    Not all of them look stunning to me, but definitely a lot of them are

  • MakaniMike March 11, 2010 12:23 am

    some incredible photos there