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Black and White Photography vs. Color Photography

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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 10:46:40 AM by Yelo34
New article posted: Black and White Photography vs. Color Photography
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 12:18:14 PM by Wisconsinart
I would suggest you might want to try taking photography classes at a local art college or other venue.
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 13:56:53 PM by Yelo34
Hahahaa...No, thank you!
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Chanevy
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 14:57:55 PM by Chanevy
I think it is much harder to compose black and white for the same reason, you are limited to shape and tone to create the desired effect. With more limited tools, the composition must be stronger to elicit the desired response. Withouta strong graphic composition there will be no response from the viewer at all.
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 14:59:10 PM by Wisconsinart
Then why write a dissertation on a subject you have yet to explore?
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Vcarmstrong
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 18:31:10 PM by Vcarmstrong
I am one of those photographers that probably over uses black and white, or especially monochrome with muted sepia and cyan tones. I don't even understand what it is that I like about them, I just know that I do. Maybe it is because it simplifies the photo so the colors don't affect my feeling about the photo. Interesting question to ponder.
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Cammeraydave
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 19:01:13 PM by Cammeraydave
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/10/2013, 23:40:26 PM by Yelo34
I am not an expert, neither I want to be. I just enjoy photography. I felt happy to share what I learned. I could be right or not, that is why the open question at the end. I want to know what the community thinks.

If someone is offended then they should write a blog explaining their reasons. Enlight us oh Lord! The humble are waiting your mighty knowledge! Show us all those pictures thar are above average and sell more than Yuri Arcus....Oh Oh...!
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Message edited at 04/11/2013, 03:41:29 AM by Robinstockphotos
   Full moon stormy clouds night   @Yelo34: I personally like to stick with color photos most of the time. Color aids memory - it is scientifically proven already. People tend to remember colored images more than a black and white image. A blue toned image is easier to remember than a yellow toned image.

I prefer employing black and white when there is no significant color. This scene was quite boring with grey color. But adding blue tint helps give it that scary feeling. And this image would sell good anyway, I'm sure of it. It's hardly a week old but it is in good demand. :)
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/11/2013, 05:29:23 AM by Yelo34
Very beautiful image. I like it very much! Thanks for sharing
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Minutes Later: Wow! I love yor imagery @Robinstockphotos.....very impressive and elaborated!
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Message posted at 04/11/2013, 05:59:21 AM by Robinstockphotos
Thanks! :)
I'm working on a "metallic finish" black and white look. It would make the scene black and white but also make it's look like glass. Let's see how it goes.
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Bradcalkins
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Message posted at 04/11/2013, 12:42:13 PM by Bradcalkins
B&W and color are two completely different ways to create images. Try to create strong black and white compositions and I think you will find that it is as challenging as creating strong color ones. I do not agree that black and white images have less emotion in them. In many ways black and white images can create stronger emotions, as they remove distracting color elements and allow our eye to be drawn to someone's smile, etc. There is no better or worse here, creating strong images is challenging regardless of whether you shoot in color or black and white...
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/11/2013, 14:40:01 PM by Yelo34
Thank you @Bradcalkins, that was the idea when I wrote the blog. I am open to all POV and interchange. I really appreciate your comment.
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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 04/11/2013, 21:12:03 PM by Peanutroaster
B&W won't cut it for stock. For fine art type photography it has been said when the photo is about color then it should be color, if the subject is what is important then black and white.
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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 04:54:01 AM by Robinstockphotos
Oh well, stock is about attracting people. So better employ colors.
But you see, I shoot in color and if I fin dthe image is good with composition but has too much chromatic aberration due to my horrible lens, I make it monochrome. haha! Otherwise B&W is better used for fine art and emotional stuff.
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 05:24:37 AM by Yelo34
@Robinstockphotos: Yes, I understand and it is not that I don't use it from time to time. I see it as tool that can save a pic, or to add variety to a collection. For intance, when I do a wedding I always add a B&W or Sepia to the final results and people love it.

Also, it is important to street photography where the mix of colors can be distracting or unpleasant due to the unexpenctancy of the moment. Here the moment is more important than the colors. There may be more instances that I don't recall or don't know right now.

My final reflection and the one I wanted to learn what the community thought about was the fact of using B&W when it is actually no necessary. E.g when I do it for the weddings. I was amazed to know that it was actually more difficult to compose a picture having colors into account than to simple deliver a B&W or sepia.

Thanks for your comment it made me think a little bit more on the subject
Have a good one!
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 05:27:03 AM by Yelo34
The point on Chromatic aberration is a good one! I have a 10.5mm fish eye that does it pretty frequently. I will remember that!
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Baldas1950
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Message edited at 04/12/2013, 06:50:56 AM by Baldas1950
I think the images in black and white are most effective when the photographer wants to highlight mainly the subject of a picture like this:
   Memorial at American war cemetery in Nettuno   

The color is much useful when the photographer wants to highlight also the atmosphere surrounding the subject as in the latter case:
   Path along the gorge   
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Yelo34
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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 10:13:48 AM by Yelo34
Perfect examples @Baldas1950. Love both pictures. Thanks for your help in illustrating the blog.
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Alvera
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Message posted at 04/12/2013, 15:07:43 PM by Alvera
Useful.
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