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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · color versus B&W street photography


I have a few Lightroom filters with mild desaturation, tone curves and split toning that seem to work for street photography sometimes... I was hoping to maybe get a discussion of B&W versus color street photography -- I really don't see the latter so often. To me, B&W night street photography often doesn't work, since night photos are already high contrast to begin with and taking out the color removes too much information.

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Dec 29, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · color versus B&W street photography


Howdy,

Whether you use color or BW, the most important thing is to create or capture or shoot an interesting image.



Dec 29, 2012 at 01:59 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · color versus B&W street photography


^ agree...these look more like long lens private eye photos vs. traditional street photos; shot from close-in, B&W, grainy, AND with an interesting scene that tells a story. Not; "I got a picture of someone walking down the street that didn't know I was taking their picture".

Take a look at these by Richard Sandler: http://www.richardsandler.com/photography.html

He makes B&W work. Although many are candid, they are intimate, street photography.

Or this free e-book by Thomas Leuthard:

http://book.85mm.ch/GoingCandid.pdf

He talks about B&W vs. Color. He has some strong opinions that some don't agree with, but his results pretty impressive.

Lots of "rules" can be broken and still get results.



Dec 29, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · color versus B&W street photography


I do try to go for the intimate aesthetic, but I like a long lens mainly for the ability to throw the background nicely out of focus-- I think it places emphasis on the individual being immersed in his environment.


Dec 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · color versus B&W street photography


I like this series of shots.

One of the things I noticed throughout is nice light in the eyes of the subjects, so good planning there.

I agree with Steady's comment.

I think that some of these would be less appealing in B&W with the colour missing.



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:18 AM





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