Color and B&W

Started Jun 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
Stuart001 Contributing Member • Posts: 592
Re: Color and B&W

Colour film didn't replace B&W when it was introduced, and for centuries artists have made woodcuts and pen & ink drawings even when they have had coloured paints.  There is something quite special about reducing the world to tones of grey.

That said, the best approach with B&W is to start out with the idea of taking B&W.  Many of the really poor B&W images are from photographers who have taken a crappy colour image and then try and save it and make it 'arty' by converting it.  It never works.

A B&W image relies on tonal differences to be successful.  It's not just a lack of colour, it's really a whole different approach to making a picture.

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