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What makes a good B&W

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    Sandgrouse
    30 Nov 2010 - 6:15 PM

    I would be interested to know what you think makes a good black and white image?

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    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139367 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Nov 2010 - 6:18 PM

    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
    30 Nov 2010 - 6:47 PM

    Assuming content, composition, lighting etc etc are all there....

    Contrast.

    wing
    wing  10452 forum posts United Kingdom
    30 Nov 2010 - 7:16 PM

    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

    jken
    jken  71672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Nov 2010 - 7:25 PM

    Rem.... Weren't we here last week?

    ade_mcfade
    ade_mcfade  1014556 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Nov 2010 - 8:36 PM

    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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