Why shoot B&W?

Started Jul 14, 2011 | Discussions thread
dylanbarnhart
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Our brain is not color accurate
In reply to Chato, Jul 14, 2011

If you look at a scenery and then try to go home and paint it, you will most likely get the colors wrong on many parts of the scene. That's because our brain has been trained to remove colors.

In fact, our brain intentionally removes certain colors from the scene, such as in the case of color cast. We think a bride's dress is white, even though it has orange color cast from the reception room.

People have long discovered how effective the black pencil can be. Caricatures are best done with a carbon pencil because that's the most effective way to show face expression. Just black on white paper is enough for many purposes.

That's why Black and White photography has been the longest lasting "special effect" that people still haven't got tired of. It strikes human at an innate level. There were times (Ansel Adams' time) when color is not accepted as serious photography.

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