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Photography: Black and White vs. Color

Updated on August 3, 2010

    I've always loved the classic and timeless appeal of a black and white photo. Although, I don't believe that shooting in black and white makes ANY photo better. There are advantages to both, and each have their own way of "making" the photo.

    With color, you can take advantage of the naturalness of the objects in the photo. The photo then can pop with the importance of richness in color, or softness, depending on what you're trying to depict. A bowl of cherries for instance with it's beautiful, rich red color and maybe shine from water drops reflecting from the flash makes for a great simple close up in color focusing on these details. The same photo in black and white would unfortunately downplay these attractions. But the question is, what do you want to portray? There's really no right or wrong. It's mainly an issue of preference.

    Personally, I love shooting in both color and black and white. As for how I determine which I'll choose, I consider basically what to me is a timeless photo. A close up photo of my daughter and my niece probably seems like a typical shot in color to most, and actually makes for a nice shot. I however see their relationship, personalities, and history in that particular moment of the photo. I shot it in color and black and white, but prefer the black and white more because to me it puts more focus on the girls and their smiles, over the color detail in the photo.

    It's all a learning process for me, and again, I don't belive there's a right or wrong when it comes to black and white or color photography. My goal is to capture the moment and show the world that moment through my eyes.  


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      _cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

      Totally agree KimberlyAnn26! :)

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      KimberlyAnn26 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I have always been a fan of black and white photography. It just gives it a whole different look!