Black and white photography is a real world to explore. The artistic and expressive capacities of the duotone are endless. Still, many times we do not take black and white as our first choice. This blog offers 10 reasons for you to consider using in your day to day photography and consider it as a technique for your photos in special events.
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- We are not used to black and white photos
Yes, we have all seen many black and white photographs but let’s be honest: all of us, leaving aside the people affected by monochromatic colour blindness, we see the world in colour, so when we perceive something in black and white, it forces us to see it from a new perspective. A black and white photograph probably attracts more attention than one in colour, because colours are usually monotone while duotone brings us closer to the cinema, to the staging, to art in general.
- It is a box of surprises
When taking the picture, we can imagine more or less as a final result but we will have to wait for the grayscale image to appreciate the final result. A good photographic exercise is to try the imaginary in our black and white scenario, with the intention of being identifiable in the interesting black and white photographs. And not all photographs are suitable for processing black and white, there are more predisposed to become good monochromatic photographs (abstract images, with textures, lines …).
- Colour hides secrets
Have you ever taken a photograph that, your eyes, passed without pain or glory but converted to black and white, has gained strength? That’s because, as the title says, colour hides secrets. There are elements that are masked, in a certain way, by colour. We could say that colour draws our attention visually, so it distracts the eyes so that they do not see certain things so easily. It is for this reason that it is said that, in black and white photographs, which is more important, because with the absence of colour the lines, the textures, the light contrasts, jump into the light and become more evident.
- The perfect excuse to use high contrast in photos
If you want to use high contrast for a colour photograph, surely the shades vary and you also have to dedicate saturation and intensity to achieve the desired effect. In a black and white photograph, you do not have to go through this. In addition, as a general rule, monochromatic photographs with high contrast usually have much visual force, even more than colour. However, you must not forget that it is very important that your photography has the full tonal range: from the purest white to the most intense black, going through all the colours from the grayscale.
- An elegant touch for any album
It may seem that converting a photograph to black and white is an easy thing, without further mystery. And that, with a single click, the development of the photo is solved. Nothing is further from reality: there is a considerable number of possibilities: you can choose to desaturate the image, or convert your photo to a grayscale, among many other options. Also, do not forget the filters that, in the same way that there are to edit colour images, there are also filters to interpret black and white photographs differently.
- Sometimes it is the only way to transmit what we seek to express
Sometimes colour cannot express what we want. In these cases, black and white can become your best ally. A black and white processed in low key can give rise to a very deep image, expressing aggressiveness, hardness or also melancholy and sadness. On the other hand, a black and white high key, on the other hand, it can help you a lot to express feelings of purity and tranquillity. Everything depends on the photograph we want to achieve and how we work before and after the processing.
- Black and white is simpler
So, as a consequence, those images that are converted to black and white will be simpler. Of course, there are exceptions, it is not difficult to find truly complex images in black and white, but if you think that colours do not contribute much to your photography, try to put it in black and white, surely you like it much more.
- Retro is fashionable
It may seem superfluous, but it is true. You only have to look at Instagram (and similar applications), tutorials to get vintage effects in photos, photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, etc… Be that as it may, black and white takes us back to the beginnings of photography: when you could not photograph in colour or, later on, when you could but it was not within the (economic) reach of the majority of the population. So, photographing in black and white is like going back to the essence of photography. If, in addition, you add effects such as coarse grain or sepia tones to the photos, you can get images that look really old.
The significant difference that the fact that it is in black and white can cause in the message that transmits a photo is inexplicable. Photojournalists, whose job is to document the reality presented to them, take black and white photographs, because the message that is transmitted appeals more to emotions.
Believe it or not, black and white photography can be very versatile. You can also use it for all types of photos such as street photography, portraits, architecture, etc. In addition, there are many shades of black and white. This is another factor that makes this style very versatile. Of course, we must also admit that not everything looks better in black and white.
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