Vintage black and white photography - Free B&W Photos

Free Black and White Vintage Stock Photography

All black and white vintage stock photos are 100% free to use for commercial and personal projects and no attribution or royalties are required to the original photographer.

Vintage black and white photography is photographs of old and antique objects or the images themselves can be vintage. Some examples could be old cars, typewriters, pocket watches or any antique items you can think of. Vintage pictures work well in black and white, as this further emphasizes the oldness of the subject, and some may add a grainy effect to the photo, which can be done by using very high ISO settings or in Photoshop.

When taking photos of old objects a macro lens or zoom lens should be used depending on how small the subject is. Some flash with a diffuser or any external lighting you can find may be used, including natural light, such as by a window or outside. On a cloudy day the clouds act like a giant soft box, which is useful if this is the effect you want. Try using a white backdrop and overexpose it by lighting the backdrop with a flash or other lighting to help focus the attention of the viewer on the object. To blur the background and focus the attention on the object, try using wider F numbers, e.g. smaller F numbers.

If the subject of your black and white image is an old car for example, a portrait or zoom lens will work well, or even a wide angle lens for a different effect. Also you may need a flash gun if the car isn’t lit up very well, although early in the morning or late in the day when the sun is low in the sky often gives a good lighting.

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