If you follow my blog or know anything about me as a photographer, you know that I LOVE color and usually play it up BIG TIME in my photographs. Since it's important for all of us to step out of our comfort zones once in a while, I figured I'd try to finally edit some photos in black and white. Here are some of my results above.
So what have I learned from my little experiment? Well, since I'm always so used to grabbing the viewers attention with my splashes of color, I learned that by taking the color OUT, I really had to pump up the contrast in my photos. The contrast was pretty much my only tool for trying to make each image "eye-catching." The other funny thing is when I'm always editing my photos with color, I have the hardest time deciding what shade of color to use, etc. I didn't have to worry about that with these! ha. :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my results above. What do you think? I'm a little torn. At first, I thought they looked pretty dull since I'm so used to looking at vibrant color in Photoshop. Now after adjusting my eyes a little, I think they're growing on me. I definitely think black and white adds a classic, sophisticated feel to a photograph that can't really be accomplished when editing with color. Another plus to black and white that I find cool is they're so easy to create coordinated sets for your walls! I'm thinking of maybe framing a few of these in a grouping in my house, maybe I'll like them even more if I do that.
I've added the prints above to my shop. Depending on the reception they recieve, I may be adding more black and white photographs in the future.