Why Black and White? / by Brian Suman

Over the last few months, I have been editing mostly in black and white.

Why?

I am not exactly sure but I have always been drawn to black and white images and as a young adult marveled at the work of Ansel Adams. There is just something about the shadows, the highlights, and the grays in between that can make an image draw your attention. 

Don't get me wrong, I love a great color image but color can be a distraction and the subject of the image if we take our editing too far. 

So, what makes a good photo to edit in black and white?

  1. Lack of color.
  2. Contrast between the lights and darks.
  3. Prominent shadows.
  4. Patterns
  5. Textures

There are real set rules but there are things that can be a good characteristic for you to make an eye-catching black and white image.

If you don't like black and white that's okay but I would challenge you to go down the path of no color in your editing workflow and I can almost guarantee that you have a photo in your catalog that will pop off the screen without the color. 

Imagine. Capture. Create.