When to Use Black and White

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With all this talk about color, what about black and white pho­tog­ra­phy? Not all shots lend them­selves best to color; some­times re­mov­ing color al­to­gether can make an im­age stronger. So how do you know when to re­move color al­to­gether? i. When col­ors over­whelm the main sub­ject One key rea­son to re­move color is when it over­whelms the photo and takes at­ten­tion away from the main sub­ject. ii. When color isn’t nec­es­sary An­other rea­son is when there’s hardly any color in the im­age. iii. When you want to fo­cus on forms, lines and tex­tures Shoot­ing in black and white is a good way to put more fo­cus on forms, lines and tex­tures, which might oth­er­wise be buried by dis­tract­ing col­ors. iv. When there’s a lot of con­trast in the im­age Black and white im­ages work great when there’s a lot of tonal con­trast in an im­age, e.g. big dif­fer­ences in light and dark ar­eas in an im­age. v. Pre­view and play Some cam­eras, like the PEN-F, let you pre­view im­ages in black and white be­fore you shoot, so you can see if the shot works bet­ter in color or not. Try it!

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MARCH 2016

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