BetterPhoto instructor and top pro Deborah Sandidge enjoyed photographing seaplanes in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on a recent trip. She was able to sit in the co-pilot's seat, which, she says, "was an absolute blast!" She preferred B&W for the accompanying images, and how bold and string they are!
"Black and white photography," says Deb Sandidge, "allows the viewer to connect with elements of an image without the connotations or the power of color. This allows the story of an image to be presented in a beautiful way that has timeless appeal. The visual narrative of the composition can become clearer, allowing features such as light, shadow, texture and tonality to shine through.
"Try it and see! An image that isn't quite connecting with you in color, may have more impact in black and white.
"My favorite black and white conversion method is Nik Silver Efex Pro. I recommend it for students in my BetterPhoto online photography courses, presentations and workshops, because it provides the most control and creative options. I can't get past how easy is it to use Control Points to target selective adjustments!
Book Alert: A new book will be published this October - by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager! Check it out: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography, which focuses on composition, color, and design.