When should you convert your images to black and white?

by Jeremy Gray

published on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

When should you edit your black and white photos rather than color? In the latest “Master your Craft” video for Adorama, Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge shares “five simple tips” to help you decide. Choosing to edit your photos in black and white can be creative or practical. There are many times when an image can work well in black and white, although it is by no means a rule that you “must” convert certain photos to black and white.

The first situation is when you want to give your image a timeless quality. I’ve talked about this topic a few times, most recently in my review of the Phase One XT IQ4 150MP Achromatic Camera, because a black and white photo undeniably has a classic feel.

Another reason to opt for black and white conversions is more convenience. If your photo has bad or minimal colors, black and white might be a good choice. You can also use black and white to emphasize the quality or texture of light in a scene. Black and white can also help you accentuate the shapes and texture of a scene. Watch the video below for more ways to use black and white processing.

To see more episodes of the “Master your Craft” series, click here. For more than SLR Loungevisit their website.

(via Adorama)

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