Colour vs Black and White | Toronto Fine Art Photographer

Oh the never ending dilemma among photographers...the age old question...colour or black and white?

Sometimes the choice is simple, but sometimes it's just not that easy. This is especially true for me when shooting nature photography. I wrote a similar post on my old blog, but thought enjoyed writing it so much that I thought I'd share it over here as well and maybe make it a monthly occurrence so you can help me decide! 

When you think about nature images, I bet your first inclination is to keep everything colour. You're probably thinking, "Duh, Jenny! Why would you convert something so vibrant and beautiful to black and white? You will lose the essence of the image!" Well I beg to differ. 

What I love about converting a colour nature image to black and white is because the colour is no longer the first characteristic of the image you are drawn to, therefor leading your eye to the other elements instead such as composition, shapes, textures (oh the textures!) and depth. Aside from those elements I have always been a sucker for black and white because of it's emotion and timelessness. 

So with that being said, I'm going to post a few images in both colour and black and white for you to see which you prefer. While looking at these, I challenge you to see what qualities of the black and white image jump out at you first now that the element of colour has ben taken out of the equation. And for a further challenge, I would love for you to find some of your own favourite colour images in your portfolio and see if you might enjoy them just as much, but for different reasons once converting them to black and white. 

I will also note, that when I convert to black and white, I also fix my white balance first, as that makes a big difference, believe it or not, in how your end image will look once converted. I find it equally as important to adjust with black and white and with colour. Also, I tend to process black and whites slightly heavier as it's just my personal preference to have a deeper, moodier black and white image, but I also find many less contrasted black and whites equally as beautiful when looking at other's work. 

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