Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video How to know when an image should be color vs. black and white, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- In the digital realm I think many of us…forget about the power and beauty of black and white.…Our cameras all shoot color raw files…and the images show up on the review screen…in color unless you pick monochrome…so that it will come up in black and white…in the review screen, something I do…when I'm shooting black and white…or thinking black and white, yet choosing…black and white can be more than just…dealing with an image that you…can't get the color right for.…So look at this picture.…It's obviously a color image, and I think it's kind of pretty.…
It's scattered, it's just a reflection, lots of color.…Totally color image, the red and blue and paint spattered.…I wouldn't really think of converting this…to black and white, it's color.…Another color image.…I think part of what makes this, for me,…a color image is it's really just about the blue,…that's really the only color in there.…Or this image, well maybe it's got some…political ramifications but it really is about the red,…and I think that's what color often is.…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary