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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Thoughts on Black and White

Ever since the advent of color photography, people have debated whether color is an asset or a distraction in photography.

I am 100% on the asset side, by the way. As if anyone would guess otherwise. And although I've been known to post a black and white image or two, the vast majority of my photos stay in color. Which, in my opinion, is as it should be. Colors are so gosh darn pretty! And the world (as we see it) is in color.

However, my feelings on the topic started to shift a bit recently when I downloaded a (sadly expired) trial version of Nik's Silver Efex Pro, widely regarded as the leading black and white software in the industry. And I realized that there are times when I do really want to see the world in black and white, and not in color. There is something a little more refined about it, more soothing as well, and if you can get the tones right, the pictures have a sort of depth that color photos only aspire to.

All of this to say, I see more black and white images in my future. Consider yourselves warned!


  1. Your dahlia is gorgeous! I just got a DSLR (everthing else I've taken is with a pocket digital) so I'm sitting here reading how to get my macros and depths of field and shots full of tons of light that were instinctual with my Cannon Cybershot (now I have a Cannon EOS Rebel XS). Um, it's a little more complicated.

    xo Erin

  2. I am a pure color person, but there is a time and place for black and white! I think it takes out distracting details and adds a timelessness element to the image...these are all gorgeous by the way!

  3. Erin, yes it's a bit more complicated but it's so worth it. I love my camera to death! Literally to death, I think. I've had it for two years and used the heck out of it and I'm not sure how much longer it's going to hold in there. With more normal use though yours should last much longer.

    And Tammy, I completely agree about the timelessness factor.