Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White Techniques


This week on dPS it’s all about black and white photography. We are featuring a series of tips and articles around that topic. You can earlier ones below and more daily over the next few days.

Weekly photography challenge – black and white techniques

Your challenge this week is to try out different black and white techniques. Try any or all of the following:

  • Shoot in b/w mode
  • High contrast lighting
  • Convert to b/w in Lightroom
  • Convert to b/w using Photoshop
  • Try out a black and white plugin
  • Try out some sepia tone or split toning
  • Do a b/w portrait, landscape, macro, night shots, street photography, or flowers
  • Try a b/w silhouette

Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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Darlene Hildebrandt

is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • Mary

    I call this one Heavenly Triumph. The reflection of the clouds next to the Triumph TR3 hood ornament makes for an image that takes a second to reconcile in your brain! Works best in black and white. Available at maryleephoto.com
    ** Mary Lee Dereske

  • Geetha Ravi

    Life’s journey is never end!

  • I have big size image.

  • bmw633o1

    CAF Flight Museum San Marcos, TX

  • bmw633o1

    CAF Flight Museum San Marcos, TX

  • Dennis Mitchell

    Tiger taken at the Melbourne Zoo in May 2015

  • I used the Lightroom B&W Toned Presets – Antique

  • vanda storie

    I Love this one because it has my favourite people in the world in it.

  • Felicity

    I REALLY like this one……

  • jafarali

    Converted to B/W by Photoshop

  • Susan Helmuth


  • jafarali

    Converted to B/W by Photoshop

  • Samira

    Common gum trees, but seem more abstract to me in black and white!

  • Rob Musgrove

    Thousand yard stare

  • nfn13423

    Here is a woodsy scene that I converted to black and white.

  • nfn13423

    Here is a woodsy scene that I converted to black and white

  • “Black or White” (Nikon D3100 – f/2.5 – 50mm – 1/3200sec – ISO200).
    More context: Taipei Travel Blog. – Thanks, Matt (http://matthahnewaldphoto.blogspot.ca/ ).

  • Janette Brown Stowe


  • acereta

    Love this shot!

  • It’s a huge forest close to my neighborough! Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Lisa Hobden

    On this year’s long distance walk of St Cuthbert’s Way we walked across the heather moorland.

  • Louter Galita

    “Ghost Train”
    Location: Quirino LRT Station,Philippines

    Pentax Q7+06 telephoto

  • Louter Galita

    “Ghost Train”
    Location: Quirino LRT Station,Philippines
    Pentax Q7+06

  • Anthony Henshaw
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