If you’ve been around awhile, you know I’m obsessed with black and white photos. I could easily only edit in black and white and be one happy camper. But I know a lot of people LOVE color photos.
So is one better than the other?
For me, I believe black and white is often better than color. Black and white makes you look at a scene. When you shoot black and white film, you start to see the world in black and white. It’s hard to describe unless you’ve done it.
Black and white allow viewers to peek into the photo and look for all the little details. I think landscapes work so well in black and white because nature has so many different textures. There’s nothing quite like Bryce Canyon in black and white.
People photos look classic in black and white. It can help tell a story. Viewers can look at a picture of a person and decide what emotions they see. This seems especially true for street photos.
On the other hand, color can be great for drawing attention to your photo. Colors can catch a viewer’s eye. When I think of some of the best color photos, I imagine vivid primary colors. Think bright reds, yellows, and deep blues. Bryce Canyon can look great in color as well because of the contrast between the deep green trees and bright red rock.