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Learning to like black-and-white

I admit I hardly ever think a black-and-white photograph is better than a colour photograph. Losing the colour loses depth and layers. Black-and-white may sometimes be more flattering for faces, but for nature shots I normally think natural colours are best.

So I set out to try and challenge that view by trying some of my photos in greyscale.

Comparison Vote

Review: The shadow on the brick wall

I can’t decide which version i prefer… Is the black-and-white version too flat? Or is the colour a distraction? By removing the brick colour does that encourage the viewer to look more at the shadow pattern?


Review: The artistic trees

I think i prefer the black-and-white version! It makes it look more timeless. I’m not sure the colour adds much. Does the colour in fact weaken the picture?  Is the black-and-white version stronger?

Your friendly feedback would be much appreciated.


2 comments on “Learning to like black-and-white

  1. Bespoke Traveler
    April 13, 2015

    As with any art form choosing between black-and-white and color can be such a subjective process. It really depends on what you want to focus on to tell your story. Emphasizing chiaroscuro effects or the structure of the elements seems more obvious in black-and-white mode. Both of your photo examples do well without color in that they bring into sharper focus the play of lines.


    • The Digi Canvas
      April 14, 2015

      Thanks for your comment! I never really thought about using black-and-white as a tool for bringing certain things into focus. Especially focusing on which lines i want to be important. Appreciate the advice and you have inspired me to go and try this out some more.

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