Colour or black & white?

Most images will work much better in either colour or black & white. It’s rare that an image can be both.

When I’m looking for a black & white shot there are a few things I specifically look for:

  • strong directional light
  • a small area of highlights

In a black and white photo your eye is drawn to the lightest part, so the highlights (the lighter parts of the image) have to draw the eye in to the subject.

This image though, I think, works in colour and black and white. Which do you prefer?

(both images shot on a Nikon V1 with a Zeiss 50mm f/2 lens)

If you’ve got a real interest in black & white photography, I now offer a specifically tailored black & white photography workshop. For more info check out the training page on the Charlwood Photography website.

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