Monday, January 9, 2012

When to Change From Color to Black and White

Don’t you love that title? Makes it sound like I have THE answer, right? Ha! I can tell you my answer, but please, whatever you do, don’t go and try to google the correct answer because I’m pretty sure my answer wouldn’t be it!

Basically, I opt for B&W editing when 1) the colors in the shot are distracting from what you were trying to portray or 2) you’re going for a more dramatic look with highlights and lowlights.

I chose to edit this shot in B&W for reason number 1. The colors were very distracting from what I actually wanted the picture to portray. I wanted the focus to be on their love for each other and their eyes, not the colors of their clothing or their surroundings.

B E F O R E  B&W  E D I T

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B&W  E D I T

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Sarah:)

11 comments:

  1. These are some great tips! I find B&W can be used for the same purposes or if the colors haven't come out in the ways I wanted!

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  2. Agreed!! Great suggestions!

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  3. I agree with you. Their expressions are much more prominent in the B & W. You got it right!

    =)

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  4. I love both of these versions! very sweet shot!

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  5. Well, I love your answer and maybe because it's mine too, ha! This photo is perfect in black and white and I now see expressions . . .

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  6. Oooh! I love the black and white. You are right that it downplays the colored shirts with logos. This is one photo to cherish!

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  7. Great rule of thumb. I'm going to think about this when I do my latest edits, thanks.

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