Black and White or Color Prints?

United States
September 16, 2008 8:24pm CST
I have always favored black and white over color. Most of the photos in my house and portfolio are in black and white. I was wondering what you favorite is. Or if you use both equally, when do you use which? For example: I snapped some photos of my cousin's wedding and the majority of the photos were in black and white. When I take pictures at the park, I tend to use color. In what settings do you prefer to use black and white? Thanks in advance!
4 responses
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I think some photos look better in black and white, and some photos look better in color. I tend to use black and white a lot when my subject has a lot of natural contrast. I think black and white really emphasizes that contrast. Black and white also adds a certain elegant aesthetic. So when I have a photo that naturally has that same elegant aesthetic, I will often use black and white to emphasize. Photos that have a lot of intense, vibrant colors tend to work better in color- for obvious reasons! Also, subjects that have a lot of excellent color composition where the colors compliment each other well I tend to keep in color.
• Australia
17 Sep 08
Sometimes colour gets in the way: when design and structural elements are important, or when shade and dark of the principal issues for instance. And the sometimes the emotional impact of colour can er...colour a viewer's response in ways that are very different to their response to a monochrome image. Yet, most often, being able to exploit the psychology of colour is a very positive tool for the photographer. Powerful B&W is the ideal medium for some subjects, colour is better for others, and sometimes, because the response to the same image presented in each medium is so different, both versions have merit.
• Philippines
17 Sep 08
I think it would depend on the subject. If my subject is a person or an inanimate object, I usually prefer black and white. I have a few action shots that look really cool in black and white. Most of the time though, I still use color.
@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
17 Sep 08
It depends on what the subject is - I really like to see children and wedding pics in black and white, but for flowers I definately want to see color.