Busting 4 Myths of Black & White Photography

When creating the course material for Beautiful Black & White, I wanted to make learning black & white photography easy and fun PLUS playfully look at four common myths.

Common Myths of Black & White Photography

Myth #1: Sunset and sunrise photos should not be in black & white

Is that so? Black & white photos rely upon contrast and tonal range. Sunrise / sunset offers both in spades. (In Lesson 2 you will see loads of examples so you can decide for yourself if you buy into this myth.)

Myth #2 Food should not be shot in black & white

Is that so? In Lesson 3 we look at how foods that are naturally dark or light look quite interesting in black & white. Think white meringue, pasta, bread, garlic, sugar… Or dark blueberries, black olives, squid ink…

Want to shoot food that isn’t naturally light or dark? Photograph it as a still life and your results will be quite fascinating! And if you lean into abstraction, then things really get cooking!

Myth #3 Colorful scenes like aqua swimming pools should not be black & white

Is that so? A strong image has more to stand on than just color alone. There needs to be contrast of some sort. Think contrast of texture, shape, line, color…

Myth #4: Black & white photos should be created in post, not captured in-camera

Is that so? We actually start with this myth in Lesson 1. Once you understand how to capture images in-camera in black & white, your color photography will improve, thanks to a better understanding of how to use light, contrast, and the tonal range. And that’s a good thing, right?

Sure, post-processing has its uses, but it might surprise you just how much you can actually do in-camera and how capturing in black & white reveals images you missed before. All it takes is understanding light, contrast, and the tonal range.



Take your creativity in an exciting direction

Everything becomes easy once you know how to do it. In Beautiful Black & White you’ll learn how to see captivating black & white images all around you.

Case studies include landscapes, architecture, food and lifestyle photography, and still life.

Start finding those elusive, amazing images everywhere!


Enjoy stepping into your power as a photographer

Whether you are new to photography or have been shooting for years, you won’t want to miss taking Beautiful Black & White. Brit has been mentoring photographers and artists for over 20 years. She will work with you where you’re at and help you reach your own personal next level.

Already advanced working in black & white? Looking to create fine art photos? Make sure to introduce yourself to Brit in the class forum at the outset of Beautiful Black & White to receive extra guidance during image reviews. She will help you understand what you need to get to your next level. While this is not a course in post processing, you might learn advanced editing techniques, such as how to compartmentalize tonal ranges to create images.

After the class you can continue learning from Brit in private, one-on-one Private Mentoring sessions.

Beautiful Black & White is offered only four times each year, so be sure to sign up right now to secure your spot!



“I’m feeling more adventurous in editing…and wanting to see what is hiding in plain sight.”



“I rarely speak out with this level of enthusiasm for any of our instructors because ALL of our instructors are equally great in teaching their individual craft, so why have I chosen to call attention to one of our instructors, Brit Hammer? Simply because of Brit’s ability to transform each of her students’ vision from good to great consistently, time and time again; in part because of her insightful lessons, but I can say unequivocally that Brit’s greatest strength is her in depth and disarming critique style of each student’s weekly assignments. It is the most often comment I receive from BPSOP students: ‘Brit’s critiques were the greatest value in this course. The assignments were great, BUT the critiques were by far the most valuable!’  In closing, if you have yet to take a class from Brit, consider filling the ‘void’ with the best opportunity to grow your photography in ways you have perhaps never imagined! — Bryan F. Peterson



“I really love your teaching style. This course defined and clarified so many things that I was trying to achieve with my images.” — Merrill

“Your courses energize my seeing and encourage me to have fun with my camera. What a wonderful course this is! Thank you for opening my eyes!” — Chris

“The course has given me lots of ideas, and I realize how much I enjoy working in black and white. It is really making me focus to see what B&W offers the end image, and I am thoroughly enjoying it.” — Sho

“I’m feeling more adventurous in editing…and wanting to see what is hiding in plain sight.” — Lesley

“I have always liked black and white photography and now feel like I have some tools to use to create some really fun pictures.” — Kristin

“You explained so well what we were trying to achieve, and I also found your comments and suggestions extremely helpful. I am now seeing everything around me in black and white!!” — Diana

‘Your teaching was very easy to follow and understand. I really enjoyed it, and I feel much more confident shooting in black & white.” — Terry

“You saw detail in my photos that I never saw myself and always had constructive comments that would make them a better photograph, while always making sure to stress what you liked about them.” — John

“The course gave me a different perspective and helped me view things in a simpler manner.”

“Really enjoyed the class! I had no idea that my camera could be set to shoot in B & W. I loved doing that and am finding it hard to go back to shooting in color. The assignments were good at getting me to think carefully about composition, the angle I’m shooting from, what to include and exclude in a shot, and the impact of shades of black and white in communicating a message. Thanks for an enjoyable four weeks.” — Janet

“I am really enjoying shooting in b/w. Also learning a lot from your critiques of my fellow students work. I can really see the difference when you displayed each of our work from the beginning. Amazing. Thanks so much.” — Pam

“Many thanks for all the other reviews in which you nudge us gently toward an understanding of the beauty of a monochrome world. The course has provided me with much joy as I looked through my B&W viewfinder, clicked and then considered the image. I plan to keep the camera set up this way. I should also mention the delightful straightforward and beautifully illustrated lessons.” — Anne

“I have enjoyed this class so much and feel a lot more confident in shooting Black & White photographs. The learning was immense since I thought using presets in Lightroom was one of the best ways to take a color photograph and make it with an absence of color. It is more challenging and fulfilling to do it in camera. Thank you for the detailed, comprehensive feedback on each assignment.”

“I just wanted to thank you for a great black and white photography class! I really appreciate your wonderful teaching style that really stimulates and encourages growth as a photographer. Your critiques are always invaluable, enlightening, and very insightful on a deeper level. Thanks for helping me clarify my style and tone preferences with the high contrast, dark and moody images. I learned some great tips and techniques with the camera and also with Lightroom that I have never used before, like the point curve, among others. It was interesting to stretch the tones in the images and experiment with the moods and messages that different tones can convey. Very insightful!” — Leann

“This course is really making me focus and see what B&W offers the end image, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Your materials are clear and I’m finding as the course progresses that I am considering the bigger picture when shooting for B&W. I have taken so many images this past three weeks which I will revisit and review for some time to come with a new understanding of B&W. As always, I really enjoy your courses and gain so much from them.”

“Between this class and Finding Beauty you’ve helped clarify my interest in more minimalistic photography. You’ve also helped stimulate my muse.” — Marc



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“I just wanted to thank you for another wonderful class. I have to confess that each week when I read the new assignment, my first reaction was mild panic and a deep certainty that I would not be able to produce anything worthwhile that fit within the parameters you had set. But before I knew it, the ideas started to flow, and I quickly became obsessed (no, that isn’t too strong a word!) with exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say that the photos I produced in response to your assignments are among my favorites. Thanks for bringing out a creative side I didn’t know I had!”

Barbara Geiger
Understanding Color

“Thank you so very much for this course! It’s allowed me to take the blinders off and present my images for what I want them to be without being a slave to the “reality” of the camera. I would also add that in conjunction with your printing course, this has been the most useful course I’ve ever taken. Your notes are more than comprehensive and your comments and critiques are direct, clear, and always directed to the improvement of the art.”

After the click

” I want to thank you for this class and for your patience and availability to answer all of my questions. I have learned very much through this class. I have used LR in the past, but mostly for editing images. I now have a better grasp in the organization of my images, an even better understanding of editing images, and an understanding of the value of presets. I still have a lot to learn, but this has put me on the road to be able to improve my photography. Again, thank you! ”

Dale Yates
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