Shooting in Black and White: National Geographic Photography

Produced in Partnership With National Geographic

We see the world in color. When we take a photo, we tend to take it in color.

When it comes to black-and-white photography, however, normal rules about light don’t necessarily apply.

Black-and-white photography, it turns out, doesn’t care about the color of light. Or its quality. You can shoot at any time of the day (provided you watch your shadows) and get the same depth of field and the same crispness of quality. Learn how to take advantage of this technique in order take more masterful, captivating photos.

Watch the video below for a more in-depth explanation about black and white photography, hosted by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore.

Fundamentals of Photography II by The Great Courses and National GeographicThis helpful tip is just one of hundreds of techniques found in the course Fundamentals of Photography II, available to stream now on The Great Courses Plus.