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B&W Wedding by alexey ,  Jan 8, 2013
The question of Color vs. B&W for your wedding is purely a question of personal taste.
B&W photographs have a classic nostalgic look, and some images just look better in B&W. B&W can have clarity, simplicity, or frankness that you can't get with color. Note: Individual B&W prints are slightly more expensive than color, because there are no automated B&W printing facilities the prints are hand printed.

When photos are in black and white they're often moodier, have more feeling and provoke an element of nostalgia. Is this purely because it is in black and white? I'm afraid not!

The skill in taking black and white wedding photos used to be visualising how a scene would look with no colour (in the days of film).

With digital wedding photography the skill is judging which photos would look good in mono, and knowing how to achieve the best results in post-production. The main thing I look for when converting a colour photo to B&W is the light. Photography is all about light, even more so when there's no colour.

In my opinion the most successful B&W photos need strong directional light i.e. you need to be able to see where the light is coming from. This will then create shadows, which also look gorgeous in mono.

A lot of B&W photos are dull, lifeless and flat. This is because of the lack of contrast, caused by lack of directional light. (I like to think of contrast as being the seasoning you add when cooking - it gives flavour and spice to photos!)

Timeless Subjects. Black and white photography gives photos a timeless, nostalgic feel simply by the absence of color. Color often dates a picture either because the original colors in the print have faded or because the popularity of colors in the photo can be traced back to a certain generation (i.e., rusty oranges and pea greens are a trademark of the 1970s). Black and white photography circumvents this problem.


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Add drama and emotion to portraits.  Emotional occasions, such as weddings or tender childhood moments are ideal opportunities to shoot black and white. And don't forget group shots-black and white shots mean that clashing clothing isn't a problem.
Black and White Photography Tips. Without the distraction of color, other elements of photography stand out in black and white photos. Consequently, the photographer must pay extra attention to lighting, textures and the basic photography composition within his viewfinder’s frame.

Inspiration | Black and White (B&W) Wedding Photography

September 3, 2011

Perhaps because I live in the fog of San Francisco, I get really excited by rich, vibrant colors in my photographs. Naturally, one of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clients is: “Do you shoot only in color? What about black and white wedding photos? Do you do those?” Since I’m escaping the fog to shoot a wedding in LA this weekend, I thought I’d flip the script with a quick post about how I approach black and white wedding photography. The answer is, of course, yes. I love black and white photography and you can certainly see examples of B&W photos on this very blog. Today’s high end digital cameras shoot everything in color, and black and white conversion happens in my digital darkroom. Not all photographs are conducive to black and white…usually, if something has rich color to begin with, why get rid of it? However, I’ve found that candidates for black and white photos have a certain “timelessness” to them, even abstractness in some cases. Generally, photographs with strong contrast (pronounced highlights and shadows) are perfect for black and white. Black and white also offers the ability to use different filters, that screen for certain colors, such as red, yellow, green or blue, and achieve a very dramatic effect. Ever see those National Geographic photos with dramatic, almost black skies? That’s a red filter in front of the lens. Fortunately for us digital photographers, this kind of effect can be applied seamlessly and precisely in the digital darkroom. Check out the “fish” photo from Alla and Pavel’s engagement session, and see if you can guess the technique! So, the bottom line is, in my work, converting photographs to Black and White just for the heck of it doesn’t cut it. Whether it’s wedding photography, an engagement shoot, or a portrait, black and white images need to be purposeful in order to achieve a striking, timeless look.

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