Black&white photography has a certain edge.
It is said that black&white photography reveals a whole different story in the pictures and certainly gives a new meaning to the message. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly picked up on the trend that black and white photography. It is definitely making a comeback for several good reasons. Here in this post, I am going to talk to you about all the reasons why you should choose black&white photography over the traditional digital colour photography.
we perceive everything in colour
It is true. Being human, we react to the colours we see around us. It is widely known fact, that different colours have the ability to change and affect the way we think. For example, the colour red is said to make us more energetic, aggressive. The colour purple should calm us down. Also, it’s very interesting, but I’ve done some research and apparently if you wish to eat less, you should paint your kitchen purple or blue. People who have yellow kitchens, good luck. Apparently, this increases the general appetite. It is true, we perceive everything in colour and it affects us very deeply.
when do we usually use colour photography
I have seen that we usually opt for colour photography, when we use nature or the seasons to emphasize our story. For example, imagine your child eating this autumn’s first apple. Obviously, to emphasize the change in seasons and passage of time, we’ll choose to highlight that gorgeous red colour. Choosing to focus on that deep red colour will intrigue the viewer and will ultimately make the photograph interesting.
We also use colour in interesting travel destinations.
For example, my uncle spent four years in Indonesia. Therefore, you can imagine all the amazing colour that the Indonesian culture brings. Colours of the street food, exotic flowers, colourful clothes and face masks. I absolutely loved looking at their pictures that they sent over email. Moreover, I couldn’t imagine not using colour photography in a place like Hawaii as well. However, black&white photography can sometimes be even more impactful than the brightness and depth of colourful photography.
when do we use black&white photography
At times, if you have too much colour in a photograph, it can confuse the viewer. The photographer’s intentions are to send a message across to the viewer might be completely ignored, as the viewer might get distracted by too much colour. Therefore, it’s always a good trick to convert your photograph to black&white if you’ve got something that created a distraction in the photograph and spoils the message you want to send across. You know, that’s what I love about black&white photography. You can transfer the original colour to black and white colour if you wish.
tonal values in your photos
Photos with lots of different tones are excellent for making black&white photographs. Now what do I mean with different tones? Tones are like different ranges of hues and colours. The more contrast in the colours, and the more shades, the better your black&white photos will turn out. As a great photographer, you will know exactly when the composition and form is just right for your photo.
Usually, when people think of black&white photography, they only think of two colours.
The obvious ones here being black and white. However, there are so many more colours, like light grey, charcoal, bright white, dark black, etc.
It truly creates depth and sometimes extenuates various lines and shapes of the subject in the photograph. This certainly help us get our creative side of the brain working. Don’t ignore the importance of tonal values in your photographs!
sometimes things look better black&white
You heard me. It is true. Sometimes, there are things that don’t really look nice in photographs. Professional photographers call this phenomenon being aesthetically challenged.
For example, imagine portraits. We all tend to get blemishes on our skin. Especially around the T-zone. This is the area around the corners of your nose. Black&white photography has a special advantage of hiding these tiny faults, that are usually visible in colour photography. Especially, when photoshop is out of the picture.
Also, black&white photography can beautifully complement the deepest shadows in the picture.
It draws your eyes to the darkest object. Hence, you can truly see how black and white photography has the ability to shift the audience’s attention and bring it to focus rather quickly. What the photographer usually does here, is create backlit subject. For example, a man in a dark rain coat walking in a rainy park. If you look at the photograph and the man happens to be the darkest subject in it, you will look straight to him.
What I love most about black&white photography is its ability to shape our perception of time.
Think of the last black and white photo that you’ve recently seen somewhere. I bet you anything you can’t put an exact date on when it was actually taken! That’s because specific colours can make the viewer assume a certain era. If you remove the colour, the image will appear timeless. There is really something about having a monochrome image. I don’t know about you, but it makes me stop and breath. Especially, when I see a beautifully taken photograph in black&white.
Have a deep think. When was the last time you saw a beautiful black&white photograph? I am telling you, black&white photography is so in at the moment, people even use black and white portraits on their resumes. They also use it in family portrait photography, so as to create an image with frozen time. I guess they want to preserve the moment forever, at least at first glance.