Fotospeed Guide: Black and White photography

Fotospeed Guide: Black and White photography


Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be discussing all things black and white photography. Black and white printing can often seem like one of the most difficult processes to master with so many moving parts from screen to print. We are dedicating ourselves to demystifying as much of this as possible. In this blog we are going to give you an overview of all products, blogs and other relevant information we think you will find helpful.


We have an abundance of blogs around black and white photography. Whether you’re looking for tips that will really help impress or what paper to print on, we’ve got a wealth of reading material to help you!

Check out our black and white blog section to learn more.


We have created a wealth of content on our YouTube channel. Why not listen to Tim Jones and Sam Gregory discuss how you should be printing in B&W? If you’re looking for a more technical video, Sam has also created a tutorial for setting up your printer using the Canon Pro 300.


We are big fans of BenQ screens for the combination of quality and price. Alongside any monitor, BenQ or other, it is vital that you have a screen calibrator to ensure you are seeing and working on accurate colours. Even if they are B&W.

Check out our BenQ monitors here and check out our screen calibrators here.


The main point to consider when purchasing a printer for printing B&W is the number of Black / Grey inks utilised during printing. To achieve neutral B&W prints it is generally agreed that you need a minimum of 3 Black/Greys, e.g. MK or PK and Light Black or Grey and Light Light Black or Grey. What these are called vary from printer to printer. You can achieve this with only two of these, but you will get better tonal graduations with 3. Here are some of the best printers on the market:

Canon:                    Epson: 

Canon Pro 200         Epson Surecolour SC-P700

Canon Pro 300         Epson Surecolour SC-P900

Canon Pro 1000 


Paper is a very personal choice and most papers will, if calibrated/profiled correctly, give a beautiful B&W print. There is no right or wrong answer to what paper you should use, and the best way to find what suits your B&W photography best is to test different papers. However, here are some of our favourites.

Check out our favourite papers that make black and white images immediately pop!



Need some more advice?

If you’re looking for a little more advice, we have a dedicated Facebook community with over 2,500 members. It’s a place where you can ask questions about printing, photography or even just share some of your favourite shots. 

Join our printing and photography tips and tricks group here.