Black and White - When It Makes Sense

November 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The Black & White Dilemma

Most digital cameras will allow you to either shoot in Black & White or make a copy in Black & White. What's the attraction with Black & White?  Well, maybe it is because we see in color al the time, so it a different way of seeing things. I choose to go with a Black & White conversion for a few reasons; 1. It has timeless look. 2. It requires focus on the emotion of the subject. 3. The color isn't that great or it lacks the contrast Black & White will give it. 4. It has a journalistic look  5. Noir - it creates mystery.  What is the dog looking at? What is he thinking? Is he alone in the house? 

I thought the dog in the window was a great subject for the aforementioned reasons. It just didn't work for me in color.

Adobe Lightroom 4 has some great B&W presets to rummage through and see what your photo will look like in Black & White. (Amazon has it on sale now for $99.00).

There are also some great third party plug ins for Photoshop, Lightroom & Aperture that take making Black & White photos to the next level: Nik Software Silver Effects Pro and OnOne Software Perfect Black & White.


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