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What makes a good B&W

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Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 6:15PM
I would be interested to know what you think makes a good black and white image?

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
30 Nov 2010 6:18PM
Much the same as makes a good colour image but because you are working with a limited range of tone, things such as contrast matter a bit more.

B/W is seen by some as an "effect" these days, rather than a genre.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
30 Nov 2010 6:47PM
Assuming content, composition, lighting etc etc are all there....

Contrast.
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 7:16PM
For me, a good range of tones between black and white while still retaining detail in the shadows and highlights. As well as content and composition off course. Grin
30 Nov 2010 7:25PM
Rem.... Weren't we here last week?
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
30 Nov 2010 8:36PM
same things as makes any good image really

though I often think that scenes where colour could be a distraction really benefit a mono shot. Portraits are one - if you get someone with a ruddy complexion, you notice the red cheeks before the person. Turn it to mono - you loose that distraction.

Also many landscapes with bright light and shadow benefit from mono.

Blue skies and fluffy clouds convert well to mono

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