In a world where pixels and color saturation signify the epitome of picture quality, the beauty and simplicity of black and white photography is being forgotten. But you have to admit, black and white photos have an aesthetic, artistic look that is hard to produce in color.
Black and white photography also produces timeless photos with a classy, exquisite feel about them. A feel you cannot get from colored images. For this reason, some bloggers prefer to use black and white images for some stories and articles.
Black and white images are no longer easy to come by and sometimes you really have to dig to find them. But your search ends here. Here are some sources of good black and white stock images for you.
Black and White Stock Images:
Pexels is another source of high quality stock images in black and white. You can scroll through hundreds of black and white photos in assorted genres. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means you are free to download and use them.
Shutter Stock has a collection of hundreds of royalty free black and white stock images. To get a black and white image, search for the kind of image you want first. From the results page, filter the results by color and choose black and white. The problem with this website is that all the images are watermarked.
Pixabay also has a huge collection of black and whit images. To search for an image, clickmon the drop down menu on the left side of the search bar and select color: ‘black and white’. All the results of your search will now be black and white photos.
Getty Images also has a nice collection of free stock images in black and white. The photos are of top notch quality and in a wide range of genres.
StockSnap This website also curates a huge collection of black and white stock images. Use the right click ‘Save image as’ option to download the free images.
Pinterest can also offer black and white stock images. They are free for viewing but you have to check whether an image is royalty free before you can download it for use.
Black and White Stock Gifs:
If you are interested in black and white gifs, Giphy is a good source of them. Find a gif that is free to download and use.
Convert Colored Stock Images To Black and White:
You can download one of your favorite colored stock images and convert it to black and white using software like Photoshop or Gimp. There are also online tools like LunaPic you can use to convert colored images to black and white.