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Whilst these topics have been debated many times before on the internet, what is better Black & White or Colour? Whilst with a digital cameras taking photos in colour then converting to black and white is straight forward, but are the days of going out with a camera loaded with FP4 and a bag full of coloured filters (Yellow, Orange, Red & Green) now gone? And when would you use black & white over colour?



3 comments
Rob Cochran
2014-02-07 11:28:06
Which is better? I reckon it depends!
B&W can convey a mood or timelessness with some subjects that colour can't, and it can emphasise shape and form well by excluding colour.
I think for most people the convenience of digital capture means that B&W film, filters and darkrooms will be consigned to history. There'll always be some hardcore B&W film aficionados, but I think it will be a small minority.
Andrew de Mora
2014-02-07 12:02:20
Is though B&W confined to those of us that have grown up with this medium, Colour seems to dominate everything around us, from Newspapers to mobile phones, do the 'younger' element care that there is this 'ancient' process that can produce photos with no colour just shades of grey? I hear many say that they only take photos on a sunny day since colour can be flat and lifeless on a dull day. B&W can really shine on days when colour struggles to cope.
Rob Cochran
2014-02-07 12:40:24
B&W certainly seems to be more of a "specialist" genre. I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that 99.999% of photos taken with camera phones are in colour.


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