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Do You See the World in Color or Black & White?

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Do You See the World in Color or Black & White?

I am a very colorful person. I love bright, vibrant color. I often wear bright color accessories, love bright clothing on my kids, and just love color all around me. This love for color comes through in my photography too. I tend to express myself better in color.

So I got to thinking, do most people see the world in color or black and white? What makes you happy? When you shoot, do you imagine a color photograph or a black and white one? And if you prefer color, do you usually visualize in bright colors or pastels and more muted colors?

Every once in a while when I am editing, I decide to convert the photo to black and white. It usually is a struggle for me. The conversion itself is easy, but as I look, it rarely feels right. My work (99% of the time) feels right in color.

When viewing other photographers, I do sometimes feel they are “black and white” and that fits them. Sometimes a black and white photo takes away all distractions and allows for more emotion and focus. But still most of the time, color grabs me. It wins me over.

So next time you run to convert your photo to black and white, ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it because you see it in black and white? Or is it because your color was off and giving you problems. There is no right or wrong. But when you choose to have a photo as a black and white, a vivid color shot, or a vintage, ask yourself why and make sure you are choosing what feels right to you.

I would love everyone to share your images on the MCP Flickr Group in color and then black and white – tell us which you prefer, which speaks to you, and why.

I have shared a few of mine here, and would love your opinions of these as well. You already know how I feel about mine…

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27 Comments

  1. January 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm —

    99% color. If I turn a photo black and white it is either for variety in a series or b/c something in the color is being problematic. I just love simple, clean color.

  2. January 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm —

    Thank you everyone. It is so interesting to hear the varied opinions.

  3. Sherri SW
    January 9, 2010 at 5:22 am —

    Oh boy I LOVE this question – this is an easy one for me – I LOVE Color so much that I think am addicted to it – LOL
    I still have a child-like imagination so sometimes I think I see the world in Crayon colors – LOL
    I tell my husband all the time that buildings & houses NEED to be MORE colorful – and sometimes I am tempted to go around painting the town up in a Technicolor dream – LOL but I have self-control – haha
    needless to say that when we buy our dream home IT WILL BE COLORFUL INSIDE & OUT 🙂

    As for my work , probably 99% of the time it is Intense, juicy, YUMMY COLOR !! LOL Anyone who knows me knows that is no surprise (you should see my wardrobe – I rarely wear anything black or white )

    I do like B&W images & sometimes find ones that I absolutely LOVE – usually of other people’s work -LOL but I too kinda feel a little OFF when I convert most of my photos to B&W’s yet SOME of my photos were obviously meant to be B&W’s because they looked too funky in color or the composition was just screaming for it – LOL so I try to keep an eye out for those images that were just BORN to be B&W – usually the FEW that do make it to B&W are really special to me & I wont save them in color at all.

  4. January 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm —

    I would say I see in color…very much in color…however, I absolutely love to see photos in black and white. They grab me…it’s interesting. I think they grab me more because it is like a shock to my system since I do see in color. I can appreciate both very much…but sometimes really prefer the b&w over the color…interesting topic…glad you did this! :o)

  5. January 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm —

    I’ve always been a b&w girl- but- with that said- spring ’09 when I upgraded my camera and got hooked on your actions- color took on a whole new meaning for me- so I’m a color convert. 🙂

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