Color vs. B/W

Which to choose, why it matters and how to best do the conversion

Is a Photo Better in Color or B/W?

The eternal struggle here at HuthPhoto is to decide if a photo is better in the original color, or a B/W conversion. Black & White is so classic, and it really helps to simplify an image and focus the viewer on the shapes, gestures, etc.

Color can help the image feel more ‘real’ and move the viewer through the image (note how the red shirt makes a stronger triangle for the eye to follow).

I shoot color and convert, by the way, since starting with a color file gives us all the possible options and tones to work with.

To convert to black & white, I use Silver Efex Pro from Google (formerly Nik).

This image was taken at the Chicago Art Institute (we go to Chicago yearly to cover a huge event for JP Morgan, and I treat my team to side trips like to see the Vivian Maier show, or to the Art Institute— you want to see some great B/W work, check out that link to what Vivian Maier did).

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learn more about Silver Efex conversion HERE

at the Art Institute of Chicago

Which do you prefer and why— B/W or Color Images?

If you want to discuss it— zip over to our HuthPhoto Facebook page and let’s talk!


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