The Wonderful World Of Color
Why do I convert almost all of the pictures I take to black and white? I love black and white photography and I love making black and white pictures, yes.
But I’ve come to realize there’s another reason: Black and White photography is easier.
It’s easier to slap a good B&W conversion on an image and come out with something interesting, than it is to take the color image in a way that’s interesting in the first place.
With B&W you can also blow out highlights or have deeper, darker contrast and not have to worry about distorted color information. Black and White photography lets you get away with the extremes.
People say they like B&W because colors can distract from the image. I disagree…. Properly used color in an image is not distracting. Having unnecessary or extra colors can be, however.
This is why it sometimes works well to desaturate the colors a little, a muted color scheme ties the colors together and helps eliminate those distracting colors. Muting the color intensity can also strengthen the mood and character of a color image. It’s still in color, it just brings the colors closer together to be less distracting.
I seem to have gone this way with a lot of the color images I DO have.