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Monochrome Moments: Watch How These Photographers Create Nuanced Black & White Imagery

Lately, there has been a resurgence of black and white photography. Whether it be for a taste of nostalgia, an artistic choice or an emotive tool, photographing black and white images is its own beast. One almost has to train their eyes to see the world in a different way. We’ve rounded up some YouTube videos of Sony shooters sharing how they photograph in black and white. Check out their videos below and be sure to subscribe for weekly inspiration. For even more education and inspiration, subscribe to the Alpha Universe YouTube Channel.

Whether it be for a taste of nostalgia, an artistic choice or an emotive tool, photographing black and white images is its own beast. See how these Sony shooters do it.

Samuel Bassett  - @OpticalWander 

Sam Bassett is a London-based content creator behind the Optical Wander YouTube Channel. In the video below he shares a POV-style street photography focusing on taking black and white images. Sam is using the Sony Alpha 7 III and the Sony 50mm f/1.8. We love how he talks through his ideas as he’s taking the images, it helps the viewer learn more about his composition techniques.

David Flower - @DavidFlowerOfficial

David Flower is a photographer from Yorkshire focusing on all kinds of photography including street, landscape, automotive and astrophotography. In the video below he takes his viewers along with him on a street photography walk. He used the Sony Alpha 7S and Sony 50mm f/1.8 and he had his camera set on the monochrome profile. It’s great fun to see the world through his eyes!

Pierre T. Lambert - @Pierretlambert

Global travel photographer and vlogger Pierre T. Lambert loves to create videos that share his greatest passion – photography. Creatives can watch the vlogs on his YouTube Channel to see how the latest gear performs in the real shooting scenarios and for tips on camera settings, post-production and more. He often takes his viewers out for point of view videos of him shooting street photography, and you can see him do just that in the video below with his Sony Alpha 7R III. He’s also talking about why people should be shooting on black and white. He describes that it helps you improve your photography techniques very quickly, as it simplifies the primary elements of photography.

Adrian - @aows

Adrian is a Spanish-American photographer, currently wandering the US and Europe with no permanent home. He only shoots in black and white and he talks about why in the video below. He also walks through the settings he uses on his Sony Alpha 7R II and Sony Alpha 6000 to shoot in black and white but still save color information in the photo file. If you’re interested in getting started in black and white photography, this video is a must-watch!

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