7 Tips for Awesome Black-and-White Street Photography (VIDEO)

Photo © Alan Schaller

There's nothing better than a dramatic black-and-white street photography image. Getting a classic B&W street shot can be a challenge though.

In the below video, the folks at COOPH enlist the help of master street photographer Alan Schaller to come up with seven tips for better black-and-white street photography.

"Black-and-white images and street art photography go together like two peas in a pod. But they both can be very challenging, even for experienced photographers," COOPH says. "That’s why we asked a real pro for advice: Alan Schaller. The London-based street photographer shoots exclusively in black & white and is the co-founder of Street Photography International, a platform for talented yet unrepresented photographers. Alan knows what black & white photography really needs, different angles and views for example, to add a nice twist to your images."

Here are the seven tips that Schaller explains and demonstrates in the below video.

#1 Shoot Black and White on Purpose

#2 Focus on What Makes B&W Interesting

#3 Adapt to Your Light Situation

#4 Make Good Use of Your Environment

#5 Capture a Good Range of Contrast

#6 Change Perspective

#7 Edit Wisely

Check out Schaller's excellent black-and-white street photography tutorial below and then go visit COOPH's channel for more great videos. If you're interested in black-and-white, you might want to read our review of the Leica M10 Monochrom, a digital rangefinder that only shoots in B&W. Word of warning though: it's a Leica, so it's rather expensive.