Black and white photography is immediately associated with words such as “classic“, “nostalgia” or “timeless“. This happens to us when we see old images of our grandparents or great-grandparents. Did you know that photography has been with us for almost 200 years?
Black and white photography means that and much more for me. It is true that color defines my style. Light and airy images abound in my portfolio. Over 80% of the photographs that I deliver of weddings and sessions are in color, editorially describing the world of beauty and love surrounding an event or a couple. However, the remaining 20% of a gallery will consist of beautiful and epic black and white photography.
But, what makes me convert an image to black and white? It might seem almost random, but over time I have discovered my own criteria. A photograph has more meaning in black and white in the following cases:
- An image describing an epic moment, with genuine and spontaneous expressions.
- A photograph with a big emotional content, where emotions communicate on a deeper level.
- The images with movement work very well in black and white photography.
- Scenes with a complicated lighting often result in unflattering tones that are difficult to edit.
- Some slightly out of focus images can be taken on a new life by turning them to black and white.
- An image with a bucolic flair, a “fine art” aesthetic, a poetic connotation …
- When the composition or the lighting in a photo makes the subject stand out from the background, creating a great sense of contrast.
These are the main cases that will make me convert from color to black and white photography. Here you have a selection of some of my favorites examples.
For more information about my general editing process, click here.