Weekly Mobile Photography Theme – Black and White

Black and white photo

This was a massive week for black and white mobile images shared. We saw photos ranging from landscapes, flowers and gardens to some beautiful portraits and moments.


At the end of each week, I really look forward to producing the compilation of the most popular photos shared in our community. Black and white photos emphasise texture, lines, form and shape. This is really noticeable in this collection of photos. In my own development as a mobile photographer, I quite often exclusively capture and edit black and white photos. It is a great way to get out of the creative block that we all experience. Yes – you are not alone. Sometimes, we all struggle finding something to photograph.


Black and white photography is a great way to see how light reflects off and is absorbed by different textures and surfaces. When we talk about light, the biggest component that is often overlooked is shadows. Shadows are imperative to create depth to a photo. When you study the compilation of photos – look at all those shadows. It is the shadows and different tones (tonal range) that create and complete the image.


A recent interview of Ross Park in our community outlines the creative photo editing process that produces stunning black and white images - all on the mobile phone.


Make your image stand out on social media - include an occasional black and white, red or upside down image. We live in a fast paced, mobile scrolling world where it is difficult to have our images noticed.

Please remember, that these vanity metrics (likes and follows) on social media are not always real people and your own photography satisfaction is not measured by these numbers.


Each week the Better Mobile Photos Community Facebook group hosts a weekly photography theme inviting members to share mobile phone photos, techniques, tips, favourite apps and editing techniques. It is a fun, supportive and social community, specifically for Android and iPhone photographers of all levels.

The winners (#PeoplesChoice) are determined by the number of likes and comments received from the group. Below, you will see last weeks winning entries together with some other amazing contributions.

Congratulations to Daniel Smith and Carole Walker ​ for winning this weeks #PeoplesChoice.

Image by - Daniel Smith

This image would also be stunning in colour. However, the black and white version really draws us in. A colour version may have had a red building facade or other colour directing our attention very differently to the above image.


The bright sky grabs your attention and drags your eye down to the people in the centre providing scale to the buildings. The eye then travels across the textures in the road to the reflection at the bottom of the image. There is so much going on in this image that our attention can then bounce around looking at other textures. The darkened buildings on the left and right edge of the photo stop our eye diverting to the edge.


Image by - Carole Walker

The minimalist black and white conversion distills this photo to the basic texture.


Comments in the community were divided as to whether the original colour image or black and white was the better edit. This is one of those images that works as both colour and a black and white. Photo editing is very subjective.


I first came across the black and white image and loved it for it’s simplicity. Then reading the comments, I viewed the colour version and ahem… I too actually preferred the colour. Not great to admit when this is a quick write up on black and white! In the colour image, the specks of golden brown and burnt orange, actually add depth and texture.

Other highlights from last week:

Image by - Daniel Smith
Image by - Kelly Schuliga
Image by - Marcello Barbusci
Image by - Gunnersaurus Geeson
Image by - Jayne Heycoop
Image by - Kelly Schuliga
Black and white landscape of trees
Image by - Marcia Clark
Image by - Frances Jack
Image by - Jan Marie
Image by - Toni Medrano

Join our Facebook Community here and get involved. We would love to see your phone photos and help you become more confident capturing your special moments, experiences and communicate your story.

Remember: Be passionate, be creative and keep learning.

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