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Black & White

Black & White

Even with the analogue film cameras, the color film replaced almost completely the b&w film. But there were still enough people who like b&w pics. Until now, you will find b&w films. Just a few companies still produce these films and there are still labs who are specialized on development of b&w film. With the digital cameras, b&w became more popular again because it’s easy. Either you switch the camera to b&w mode or you convert the color picture into a b&w picture in post processing. But when is good to turn a pic into b&w? When you want to reduce a picture to the geometrical forms in the picture, a b&w conversion is a good idea. Sometimes, color can be irritating and so it might be a good idea to convert a pic into b&w.

But like with almost everything, there are different approaches leading to the same goal. When you switch the camera to b&w mode, the camera uses the red pixel information. If you convert a color picture into b&w, you can either reduce the saturation, you can choose discard color information by converting it into greyscale, you can use the color mixer in Photoshop or you use special filters for it. And to make it more confusing, not every way of converting a picture delivers the best result with every picture. From my experience, it depends a lot on the result you want to get. The picture below was taken in color mode and converted into b&w in Photoshop by simply converting it into greyscale. After the conversion, I just raised the contrast and that’s it.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin - ©2013 Robert Traut

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin – ©2013 Robert Traut