I consider myself a color photographer so this blog may be biased. I rarely use black and white. However, I see how many people tend to use it or even over use. Since, I consider myself a work in progress, I decided to do some research on visual design, specifically regarding color. Now, I would like to share what I found.
To start, let us see color and emotion. Every photographer knows that color temperature affects our moods and sometimes dramatically. Warm light soothes us while cool light is too revealing and harsh. When the colors are bright-saturated hues most people respond readily and are aware of their emotional responses. We like it or not.
A photographer must be aware of muted colors in order to stimulate or control emotional response to his/her subject matter. Colors very often help...
It really helps with fixing chromatic aberrations. I have come across hopeless situations too....where the leaves turned purple and teeth turned green. That's where monochrome saves the day. Tell me of a bride who wants partially purple and partially green teeth associated with the good memories! (that's the sort of lens compact cameras have) And I remember someone saying that "wedding function...that very moment of happiness usually becomes ancient history very quickly. That is why people love wedding photos to be black and white." and he was an experienced wedding photographer. haha! I'm 18, I can't agree or disagree with him. I'll have to wait for the time being.
I prefer a colorful portfolio though. And yeah, black and white can be used as an intermediate stage for further post processing. Especially when you cannot do drastic color changes. For example, if you make a photo black and white and then create a new layer above it and paint on it and set the layer to "overlay" mode, you...(More)
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