Why do you shoot B&W photography?

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  1. brighteyesphotos

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    If you shoot primarily B&W, why do you?

    What is it about B&W that draws you?

    Who inspired you? Is there an artist you're trying to emmulate? (is that the right word?)
     
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    I shoot black and white primarily since it is easy to develop the film and you can get so much more contrast out of the photos than you can with a color. Color photos cheat to grab your attention because they can use bright colors while B&W you have to work to get the contrast using filters and the right timing while developing your photos.
     
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    I shoot black and white film because I have to. I shoot black and white digital to bring out texture that would have otherwise been 2nd to color like what rabid was saying.
     
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    In my case age would be a factor. Many photos from childhood were taken with the old Kodak using black and white film. There is also an artistic aspect in that I have to be selective in my subjects and how I approach them. Color can distract from focus and intent. Finally, I can print my own negatives when I work with black and white film.

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    Black and White seems to bring more emotions out and trigger feelings.
    That's why I like black and white.
     
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    i'm the same with neea. I like the feeling, the emotion, and there's just something about it. i feel like when I shoot color I'm cheating and don't have to work as hard to get it "right."
     
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    In some ways, I find color just seems to distract from the true content of a captured moment.
     
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    that's really what I was meaning to say. :thumbup:
     
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    I shoot B&W because I don't know how, nor do I have access to develop color by myself.

    Even if I did, I would probably shoot B&W anyway. It just feel more "arty" :D
     
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    Using B&W film is what photography is all about for me. It provides me with total control over an image from start to finish. I enjoy handling and developing my own film, as well as making my own prints in the darkroom. If I want color, I can use photo oils or pencils to add it, or I can tone for color. If I want to take the image further, into some "alternative photographic process" such as a bromoil print, I have that negative and am free to do that. Anything goes and the sky's the limit!

    A B&W negative is like having a blank canvas. It can stand on its own or end up being a print full of riotous color.
     
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    For me, there's something about it being both real and unreal at the same time.

    While I don't try to directly emulate them, some of my influences are:
    Robert Frank
    Eugene Smith
    Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Keith Carter
    Teru Kuwayama
     
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    I shoot colour because I think B&W is cheating. Of course B&W will be more dramatic because we see the world in colour.

    My photography comes from a strong B&W background. All said and done I am more of a dip and dunk guy as opposed to spending time in the darkroom. Even converting to greyscale is weird these days. Strangely enough 25% of my commercial work is B&W. I hate it.

    Love and Bass
     

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