When would you convert photo to B&W, or monotone?

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  1. Himalayan

    Himalayan TPF Noob!

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    For me, I would convert color photo into B&W, or monotone when:

    1) The picture color is not very good, make it a mone color picture may help hidding unwanted color information.
    2) need to add a special feeling to the picture. e.g. sephia for "dated" photo.

    How about you?

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  2. terri

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    I would agree. I really enjoy B&W portraits, anyway. I think sepia can definitely add a nice "flavor" to an image. :)

    This image here is a very nice family portrait. The main thing that is spoiling it for me is the severe crop on the father's face. Getting in tight can be effective, but here I think a little too much was cut off.
     
  3. Rainman

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    It depends on the feeling being conveyed. If the idea revolves around colors like, say, a garden in full bloom on a beautiful day, color is the message. However, the same exact scene, which may also be rich in the different textures of a variety of foliage and bloom shapes, plant sizes, cloud formations, etc., could also make a striking B&W. Sometimes colors can be a distraction.
     
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    I agree as well. #1 has saved several of my photos which don't have very good color.
     

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