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Old Feb 18, 2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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What things or Items make a good b & w photo? Or does it really make a difference?

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 9:31 AM   #2
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Darrell-

Many subjects look better in B&W- it all depends on what you are looking for effect wise. Have you ever seen beautiful landscapes made stunning by bringing them to B&W? Even flowers- which are great color subjects- become all about texture when you shoot in B&W.

Just try it and see. You will be surprised at what happens when you change the whole fel of a shot by going to B&W.

Of course, LOL- sometimes just the opposite happens. It's all a matter of perception, and what you are trying to convey. B&W is great for a dramatic effect.Try some different subjects. Thats what I have done. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But it's a great learning experience and it will amaze you when you learn that all along there were different ways to "see" a picture.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 9:57 AM   #3
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Darrell-

I have always used this approach, and it may indeed be incorrect, that when the number of colors within a scene falls dramatically, that is the time to consider B & W.

The white camelia on a black background, comes to mind, as an example. Our minds are used to seeing color, when the B & W medium is employed, it has to be believable to our color prone minds.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 11:35 AM   #4
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Some pro phtographers use B&W almost exclusively and on most everything they shoot. That way they can play with the light and contrast more effectivly to get the results they are looking for without the color differences getting in the way! Then it's mainly light and shadow. Just a thought.

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I think you need a good tonal range and have some true black in the image. And don't have all your highlights blown out.
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 5:25 PM   #6
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The photo or my mind?? LOL

I think you need a good tonal range and have some true black in the image. And don't have all your highlights blown out.


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