Do you prefer black and white pictures to tell a story?

@okn0tok (569)
United States
May 10, 2007 10:57pm CST
I think that black and white shows more emotion of subjects? I am not a profe4ssional photographer, in fact I am very novice, this is something I have wondered about.
7 responses
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 May 07
I've been involved with photography a long, long time...long before the word digital came into existence...I prefer black and white as one it is more expressive than color, and two, maybe because I develop black and white film and prints I can really control the quality of the print...a hell of a lot better than Photoshop could ever do
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
12 May 07
;) I miss old fashioned photography, digital processing seems to take some sort of satisfaction away from it.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 May 07
Well...you can still learn photography the old fashioned way--LOL ;-)
@feris0604 (303)
• Malaysia
11 May 07
Yes, any black and white picture seems to carry with it an air of mystery. I like B&W. There is also a nostalgia air in it. Try taking a colour picture and convert it to B&W. You may be able to understand better. Even our own pictures, if you would just convert them to B&W, you will see the difference. You have changed from a 'not so pretty to look at' to someone with strong emotions hidden! (Just figuratively speaking!) People would look at you twice or more compared to if you are in colour!
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
12 May 07
I agree they are more striking more emotional!
• United States
11 May 07
I read an article in a magazine by Baldev Duggal that said, "I've always thought that the black-and-white image had a timeless, classic quality about it. Black-and-white tells a story without the distraction of color noise, a story whispered in gradations of shadow and light, conveying the emotion of the moment rather than the location." I always felt that discribed my feelings for b&w photos most clearly! simply beautiful! p.s. I hope we're allowed to post quotes...
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
12 May 07
Yes, that is a lovely quote and I agree the perfect description of a black and white photo.
• Singapore
11 May 07
I agree with you on this. There was a time that I used to take black and white photography on film. I felt that it gave a very nostalgic and timeless quality to the picture. Just imagine taking a picture of your newborn sleeping and now imagine it being in black and white. It accentuates your subject to a whole new level.
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
11 May 07
Yes exactly, it makes it seem so much more emotional and real..
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
11 May 07
Some stories are more expressive if you use black and white pics. Other stories need colors. It depends of the emotions and the intuition. I am a fan of black and white art too-photograhy, graphic...
@okn0tok (569)
• United States
11 May 07
I like black and white photos of faces a lot.
@KaraLee (460)
• United States
12 May 07
I think that it depends on the subject of the photograph and what you want it to say. For example, I think a lively photograph of kids playing would look far better in bright color. But a picture of a lonely old man has more impact in black and white.
@windhair (498)
• Germany
12 May 07
It is hard to say, since it not only depend on the color itself but also on many factors. A good block and white pictures always have a higher contrast, it simplify the photos, but give more impression. On the color photos, it express the story by abundant colors. this is hard to be achieved by BW pictures.