This week, in my new book, I’m learning about color.
And how seductive it can be. Ever thought of color as seductive in a photograph? I hadn’t. But it most definitely can be. And I have realized that I am enamored with color. Lots and lots of color.
Hello. My name is Stefanie. And I am a color freak.
The author begs the question, “Have you tried your image in black and white?”
Collect six of your favorite photos. Or nine if you’re like me and can’t choose only six.
And convert them from color to black and white. For mine, I basically just desaturated them completely. I upped the exposure where I needed to, but that was about it.
And then he has you ask yourself the following questions:
What changes when the color is excluded from the photo?
How is my eye drawn differently?
How do I respond differently?
Is the color helping the photo? Or simply propping it up?
And are the components (lines, tones, moment, light, etc.) powerful on their own without color?
I purposefully chose some pictures I was sure I wouldn’t like in black and white. And some I thought I’d love.
I was also surprised by how much “more” I could see about the image with the color excluded.
And if you decide to do this exercise on your own, I’d love to hear if you gleaned anything from it.