Is black and white photography better than color? I think it’s personal preference. I also think it really depends on the image. Sometimes a photo has a distracting background and making it black and white helps the viewer focus on the subject or story of the image.
With photo editing software at almost everyone’s finger tips, either at home, or a photo printing kiosk, it’s easier than ever to create black & white photos. I remember having two cameras years ago so that I could keep one loaded with black and white film, and the other color. And the black and white film processing was so expensive.
I really do love black and white photos. Here’s why. I love how crisp they can appear. How much contrast you see. As I wrote here, they are usually flattering on most faces and in most lighting scenarios. Black and white photos also have that timeless feel. Don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I have tons of childhood photos in black and white (because, yes, I am that old I guess). Finally, a black and white photo looks good in almost any home decor setting. But, you can lose the warmth that a color photo brings.
I’ve posted two photos. Exactly the same image. I did adjust the contrast and brightness in the black and white one a bit, so maybe it’s not a totally fair comparison of black and white photography vs. color, but for our unofficial survey, let’s call them equal.
Which do you prefer? Why?