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May 29, 2013

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An old-time photojournalist I used to be in contact with online used to say that the difference between B&W and color is that B&W is about things (or shapes), while color is about color itself and draws attention away from things. So if the point of your image is in the colors (as in your photos here), then use color. Otherwise, use B&W. I have found this to be a helpful way to look at my work.

I think the people who refuse to use color in photography are just pretending to be snobs. Or may be they do not know how to use color. Or may be they are color blind. The sensibilities have changed so much there is not much place for monochrome photos in real life. And street photography is no exception. It is a very, very rare photograph that looks better without color. Color, at least in the unsaturated form, is the rule rather than the exception.

Just to be sure I understand this -- you write a post praising the full-frame 6D and then buy an APS-C 60D? is that correct?

Dave,

That is correct. The basic reason is that it's one thing to like and praise a $2000 camera and another thing to be able to afford it. I don't believe in using credit for purchases of this size, so no cash, no camera. Anyone who is disappointed with my choice and feels that I really and truly deserve an EOS 6D should feel free to click my Tip Jar and contribute generously to the cause. : -)

Black and white is about light and shade and colour is about, well, colour. I certainly wouldn't be so proscriptive as to say only one has any merit but I much prefer light and shade. I find black and white to be more of an artistic way of seeing the world but that's just my opinion.

I have some monochrome pics framed but I'd never frame a colour shot and hang it on a wall. Apart, of course, from Gordon's famous shot of the woman with the umbrella. That's a true classic.

First, I must say that I really enjoy everything you say about photography......and art. But being an artist myself, I feel obliged to point out a tiny, nit-picking error in the caption for the second photo: green is not a primary color, but a secondary one, since it can be made from two primaries, blue and yellow, yellow being the third primary. Thank you for your website, Mr. Lewis.

Ray,

Thank you for the correction. I was actually referring to the primary colors for light rather than pigments or CMYK. Color monitors and sensors create full-color images by combining values of Red, Blue, and Green wavelengths of light (RGB). Regardless, I'm glad you cared enough to comment.

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