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



B&W  E D I T


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  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!

  2. Agreed!! Great suggestions!

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


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

  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 . . .

  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!

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


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