When a photographer first starts a business, there is a lot of thought and effort put in to perfecting color edits. This makes sense because *most* clients, when polled, prefer color images. Because there is less focus on black and white editing, less people understand the key components to an eye-catching edit. Let’s talk about the three things I look for when deciding to convert images in a gallery.
Removing the colors in an image serves to focus the viewer on what is happening in an image. If the image is a traditional portrait with everyone looking and smiling, it doesn’t make you FEEL anything. I believe that using black and white on a traditional portrait leaves the viewer wondering what it looked like in color! I look for images that I can purposely remove color because it’s not important to the story. For me, it doesn’t matter what the emotion is: joy, intimacy, sadness…all these emotions can be enhanced by removing color. I end up converting about 25% of my galleries and you’ll find many of these emotive images in my galleries.
What exactly does high highlights and deep blacks mean? It translates to “images that have a lot of contrast”. For those who are not photographers: I am looking for images that have very bright areas and also very dark areas. When there is not enough contrast, a black and white conversion looks sort of grey all over and really falls flat. In the images below, you can see how there are many different shades of black, white, and grey. When you don’t have color helping to focus the viewer’s eye, you need highlights and shadows!
Last, but definitely not least, when choosing good conversion images it’s important to remember that removing color removes distractions. In this image, my oldest was SO mad that his little brother was trying to blow out his birthday candles that he pushed his face away. It was a pure documentary moment which meant that there was a LOT going on. Different color shirts, artificial lighting, a multi-colored balloon in the backdrop. All of these things were taking the viewer’s eye away from the moment. Black and white can help eliminate distractions and focus you in on the moment.
In this image below, this little boy’s sweet face was getting lost in the frame. His sister’s pink dress, the green grass, his other sister, and his parents were all distractions. Removing all of that helps your eye go straight to his amazingly joyful expression.
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