I'm not a big fan of B & W, it's true.
Maybe because in high school I took photography as an elective and we were given manual (old) cameras that only held film and shot in black and white. I would find the greatest light and colors for photos, but it didn't matter...it would be in black and white anyhow.
I didn't like the inevitable shadows that it cast and the almost "dreary" look it gave my photos.
I rarely edit my photos into Black and White because of this...I guess I was scarred ;)
But there are times when Black and white can create an ambiance or mood to a photograph that would not normally be there. And times when it can "recover" a blown out photo or take ordinary into extraordinary.
I personally get sort of peeved when I see photos taken into black and white just because...as if switching it will somehow make every photo better. I don't think that is the case. I think some photos look better b&w, and others definitely not.
So, when is it right to switch?
1. When lighting overpowers a photo rendering it unusable...but maybe just the right b&w can recover it.
2. To get rid of background distractions and put focus on the subject intended.
3. When you want to accentuate shadows.
4. When colors or backgrounds do not coincide with each other...ex:. unplanned family photos where everyone is wearing something different and the background is not ideal.
5.To create a "moment" that needs a touch of whimsy...when the right black and white is done it can transform a photograph into something much more.
Of course these are just my opinions...
Some of my very favorite photos are black and white...but they were not just switched over just because...
So what do you think? Do you like black and white? Have something to add or take away from my reasons?
I'd love to hear!
I love Photoshop...but for some reason, when it comes to black and white, I prefer Lightroom. There is just such quickness to creating the right effect...because for me, I add, remove and add remove until I get the right tone I am looking for. The black and white here was created by me, with split toning to help reduce the black and white and add a touch of coloring.