When was the end of Black & White?

Started May 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Doug MacMillan Senior Member • Posts: 2,132
Define "People"

By people, do you mean the average snapshooter or hobbyists?

Back in the 1950's, it was common for local drugstores to do B&W photofinishing. Color prints were inconvenient and expensive. Color film was slow. Things started to change in the 1960's and by 1980, it was hard to get B&W in snapshot format (Instamatic).

As a hobbyist, I always shot B&W film and color slides. I rarely shot color fillm unless it was for snapshots of the family vacation, etc. When I was a professional commercial photographer, I shot all formats, but I did a lot of work in B&W for reproduction. At one point, I would go through at least one box of 500 sheet 8x10 a week. Luckily, I had an automated processor (Kodak Royalprint).

I still love B&W. I use NIK's Silver Efex Pro and print with a Canon Pixma Pro 9500 that will print true monochome. I'm able to get as good or better results compared to my wet lab days.

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