So what this is about? I’m have been watching The Grid show hosted by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski from Kelby Media Group. In this episode they talked about “old school photography” tought at some universities. As an example they talked about students that have to shoot just black and white images in first semestr or so. Is it bad or good? Scott and Matt agreed that this “have to shoot in B&W only” is a bad idea. And I have to disagree. And here is my reason(s) why…
A lot of people say there is only one subject in photography and that subject is light. When we shoot in B&W we have to see and care about the light more because colors won’t be incorporated and our mind won’t be affected by them. Of course, we can use color filters on our images but we have to know how to use them and when to use them. Without this knowledge they are useles … just another piece of glass sitting in front of a lens.
With having colors out of image, the final shot is created only by using white, black and grayscale. So your subject can’t be color, you can’t even count on using colors to force viewers’ eyes on it. You have one composition technique less. Colors are very important because when you take a great picture it looks good in color. It can look great in B&W but also vise versa.
Without them you have to use leading lines, rule of thirds and other techniques. But that is just my opinion, if you have a different one and want to share it, just post a comment to this post. And here is the video from show.