This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 10 – Black & White.
Every week, I look forward to reading Raj’s photography lesson, wondering what his new subject would be. This week is “Black and White”. Immediately, I thought of those portraits I’d taken a couple of weeks ago. Those would be great in black and white, I thought.
For me, the biggest challenge for converting a color photo to a B/W is balancing the contrast. Everyone has different taste for contrast. For example, comparing to me, my husband prefers lower contrast photos. So contrast is one thing we seldom discuss ;-).
Sometime, I couldn’t even agree with myself. I would set the contrast exactly the way I wanted and only found out, on the next day, that I should tone down (or up) a little. And a day later, I might switch back again. Is this another thing that needs time to get better?
After reading Raj’s lesson, usually, I would find a couple more articles to read, and, maybe, watch a couple of videos on the same subject. This would reinforce what I have learned from the lesson and once in a while, I may even learn something new. Anyway, one photographer said that saturation is our friend when converting a color photo to a B/W. (I wish I could remember who ;-(
On the second B/W photo, I’ve increased the saturation before converting and that was the only difference between this B/W and the above. I don’t know if it’s easy for you to see. I do like B/W #2 better. If you look at the flower bud on the right, you can see that it has more detail on this photo than the one before.
Raj has shown us several examples on when not to convert to B/W. Those examples are very helpful. However, sometimes, you may be surprised.
Fall is finally here. The soy and corn fields look beautiful. I took the following photo with my iPhone for the purpose of studying/remembering the light and the color (in other words, please forget about the composition… ;-).
Since I took the photo because I liked the color, there seemed no reason to convert it to B/W, except that Raj’s lesson this week is about B/W. So I converted it anyway… just to see.
To my surprise, this B/W photo reminds me of an abstract painting I had seen at the modern art museum. I quickly took another look at the original colored photo; I don’t get that abstract feeling at all. Maybe it’s just me… I often like both color and B/W version of the same photo. I like each for a different reason. (By the way, do you see lots of birds… 😉
Can you stand for one more?
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