It struck me this week that most people love a good black and white photo, but actually if they are choosing individual photos for their gallery then they rarely choose the B&W one and pick the colour version instead.
I wonder why this is? As some newborn shots just lend themselves to be in B&W. When I create a gallery I will convert the photos to Black and White that I feel are the best suited to that treatment.
Now,I don’t just turn the colour slider down, there is quite a lot that goes into making an image in black and white. I have specialist software that actually helps make an image pop in monotone and not look a washed-out grey that most people would be able to achieve.
So do you choose the colour and then try to convert it yourself?
I guess if I didn’t understand the process I would just assume a photographer just presses a button in photoshop to get a black and white image…well we don’t.
I always say to my clients if you want a particular photo in B&W then let me know and I will convert it for you so you get a good photo and not a flat grey one, and I’m sure any other photographer would tell you the same.