An iPhone has advanced camera technology and while color pictures are often preferred, users can get artistic results by using Apple‘s black and white photo filters. Removing the color can make distracting elements meld into an image so that the entire scene can be appreciated, instead of just a big red coat or a vibrant green sign. Every iPhone made in the last few years supports monochromatic photography, making this an easy feature to try.

Apple includes a full-featured editor built into its Photos app. When viewing any photo or video, tapping the edit button brings up controls to adjust the appearance of an image. Brightness and contrast are there, of course, but much more powerful options include brilliance, highlights, shadows, brightness, and black point. These allow black and white photos to be fine-tuned to perfection.

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Every iPhone made since 2018 includes a black and white photo mode that can be previewed and adjusted before a photo is taken. The control can be found in the Camera app by swiping up and tapping on the photo filters icon which looks like three intersecting circles. There are six color filters and the last three toward the right are black and white filters. Mono is similar to reducing color saturation to zero, while Noir adds more character by increasing contrast. Apple‘s Silvertone filter isn’t truly black and white since it adds a slightly warmer tint like real silver metal and gives a bit more shine to highlights. These filters show an immediate preview of what the image will look like before the photo is taken, a benefit of modern technology.

Finer Control Of Monochrome iPhone Photos

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The iPhone’s photo filters are a great place to start exploring black and white photography. It’s a very different look when color is removed, making it easier to appreciate the play of light and shadow in a scene. Standard camera options like changing lenses, focusing on particular elements, and adjusting brightness work as before, but might make a more noticeable difference since framing, sharpness, and lighting are the only considerations.

With the iPhone 13 series or a third-generation iPhone SE, photo filters can be combined with Photographic Styles for expanded options. While warmth is a color control, tone can be used to adjust contrast in the preview and tone-mapping will be done before image compression is applied. Of course, further fine-tuning can be done afterward by editing, particularly if the black and white photo is captured in the ProRAW format with an iPhone 12 Pro or 13 Pro.