Black and white photography is the art of using different tones of gray, ranging from white to dark, to create compelling images. This genre has a very long history – as long as photography itself. By the time photographers captured the first permanent color image in 1861, monochrome photos had been around for 35 years.
Still, although color is the new kid on the block, it hasn’t replaced the art of black and white. Color can be a distraction; it can be dull and lifeless. One of the tasks of photographers is to simplify an image, distilling a scene down to its essence. Sometimes, that essence is colorless.
Adding a black and white effect to color images has never been easier, thanks to advances in free photo editing software, such as Canva.
What if we wanted to turn an otherwise color image into a completely black and white image? Using the image below as an example, we will learn the steps of making a photo black and white using Canva.