50 Black & White Assignments

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The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments is like a photography workshop in your pocket. It’s filled with a year’s worth of creative briefs, ideas, challenges, assignments and projects that will help you grow as a black and white photographer.

It’s also an inspirational guide that puts the creativity back into your black and white photography. Each assignment encourages you to look at the world in a new way. You’ll learn to see beauty instead of ugliness, and find interesting subjects in the most ordinary and boring of places.

The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments is written for you:

  • The assignments encourage you to explore the world and photograph it in black and white.
  • With 50 assignment ideas there are plenty that will appeal to you.
  • It’s easy to read. The book comes in three formats – PDF, ePub and Mobi for Kindle so you can choose the one that is best for your device.

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What you will learn

The aim of The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments is to help you grow as a black and white photographer.

As you work your way through the assignments you’ll start to see connections and themes. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of what black and white photography means to you, and how you can develop your ideas and interests with long term creative projects.

You’ll also learn what to do when you feel stuck or at a creative crossroads. With 50 assignments to choose from you’ll never run out of ideas again. The concepts behind these assignments are powerful. Some of them have the potential to become long term projects that will keep you busy for years.

The story behind the book

A few years ago I got stuck as a photographer. I didn’t know what to photograph, how to find an interesting subject or how to move forward. Finally, I decided to set myself a project photographing craftspeople – people who make things with their hands. I started by contacting a local artist and potter to see if I could photograph them at work. Both said yes, the project got started, and I found my way forward.

Now, I realize the breakthrough was giving myself an assignment with a clear brief. And I wish I had given myself more briefs, and seen how I was surrounded by interesting subjects. I just had to look at familiar subjects differently, and make an effort to photograph them.

So I put together this set of 50 assignments, to give you the same spark of inspiration that I gave myself all those years. ago. I wrote it imagining that I could go back in time and give it to myself ten or twenty years ago. Over the last few weeks I’ve given assignments to my newsletter readers and seen the enthusiasm and enjoyment it’s sparked in people who have tackled them.

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Lonely Town

Your purchase includes Lonely Town, a PDF that shows you how I tackled one of the assignments in the book. The idea is to inspire you by showing you that the assignments benefit experienced photographers as well as less experienced ones.

Lonely Town


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Sample pages

Here are some sample pages from the book.

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The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments ebook

Title: The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments

Length: 109 double page spreads

Words: approx 17,500

Format: PDF, Epub and Kindle Mobi 8. You can view the PDF of The Magic of Black & White: 50 Assignments using the free Adobe reader software on any PC or tablet. You can also read it on the iPad using iBooks – it has been optimized for iPad viewing. You can read the epub or mobi versions on tablets and smart phones.


How to use this book

Part I: Composition
Geometric shapes
Frame the subject
A bird’s eye view
Texture and tonal contrast
Fill the frame

Part II: Subject
Something old
Up close and colorful
Just up close
Scavenger hunt
Bad weather
Form and architecture
Photos in the street
Abstract metal
Vintage cars
Winter flora
Active skies
At the market
An eye for detail
All at sea
Get abstract
Hint of mystery
The road less traveled
Light and shadow
Urban blue hour
Lone person in the landscape
Go kitsch
Man’s influence on the landscape
Lonely town
Make a beauty portrait

Part III: Technique
Slow shutter speeds
Long exposure photography (Bulb mode)
Intentional camera movement
Freeze the moment

Part IV: Creativity
Take just one photo
A sense of place
Photograph the ordinary
Create a photo story
Make a character portrait
Get creative with plugins
A different lens
Themes and projects


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