I”m back blogging after a few weeks off for this week’s topic of Black and White.
I LOVE color. My favorite time of year for photos is autumn – i adore the reds, oranges and yellows of this season. Color is eye catching. It brings attention to images. I find the mood for color to be “happy” and “positive”.
I find myself doing more black and white lately, though. Black and white depicts a certain “mood”. Maybe the image will gain something without color? Maybe there will be more emotion somehow added?
I find black and white images work well for the “Memory Sessions” that I offer – sessions where the family gets together with their senior or terminally ill pet to celebrate their life.
The following image is from a Memory Session with 18 year old Mickey from this past winter. The whole family got together to celebrate this sweet boy. Here is an image with Grandma and Grandpa. I find the black and white creates emotion – we can almost feel the love these two share with the dog.
Another way I use black and white is when i love an image but for some reason i just can not get the white balance or coloring to work no matter what I try! This happened recently after going through images from a session with sweet Zharia. I came across one image and I liked a lot about it – especially the composition and the expression on her face – but no matter what i did I could not make the image work in color. Her collar and flower were stunning colors that i didn’t think of black and white from the start. I resorted to giving it a try in black and white and it worked! I love it … and so did mom (she made purchase of this one!)
Here are the before and after images:
If something just isn’t working in color, always give it a go in black and white before you trash the image – it’s worth a shot!
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