Color vs B&W

Today, digital photography provides more choices when it comes to editing and printing images than when there was only film.  We shoot in color and convert to B&W when we edit our images.  Some times we know when we click the shutter how we envision the final image.  And other times we are solely looking at the composition and deciding later whether it is a color or B&W image.

Here is a set of interiors and detail images I took while photographing a house for a realtor.  On one hand, I like the color version for the added dimension that color provides.  On the other hand, B&W can separate out the different planes and provide a more unified image of whites, grays, and blacks.

Which version is better?  Of the eight pairs of images, I say two of them are better in B&W.  Can you pick out which ones?  The first pair of images is definitely the boldest and is unlike the others.  Of the rest of the images, the color in the images is so subtle that it brings fresh air to a classic compositions.  So, which is better?  When it is all said and done for these images, I will go with B&W.  B&W keeps it timeless and allows the your mind to fill in the color.

*  One classic compositions is using corner thirds, placing the subject in the upper or lower left or fight third.  It is a very strong composition and provides “familiarity” to the viewer.  Although a “no-no” in most art schools, sometimes I like splitting the image in equal halves, because halves are much more daring when they work. 


Which version do you prefer?  Each pair of images are setup so when you click on them you can toggle back and forth.


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