One of my favourite photo styles is this: high-key black and white, against a simple white background. This reduces the clutter to a minimum and starkly emphasizes the subject. Like in this image from the 20 November Mono, Ontario all-day workshop:
What I would say if I were to discuss this:
- The image screams out “black and white”.
- Clothes (white) and wall (white) both disappear. I like the emphasis this gives the subject and the pose.
- I like the 1970s feeling. I added a little grain to this image in Lightroom to emphasize that.
- Slight, very slight, soft beautiful shadows are important.
- Light is simple: one flash bounced behind me.
- Of course you use exposure compensation and the histogram to check your exposure. But you knew that. Hit the right side (just).
Try a portrait like this! All you need is a white wall, a camera, an on-camera flash, and a model in white.