Color vs Black and White

Yesterday during our Winter Adventures in Photography class, we had a young lady modeling for us.  As we captured images, I kept thinking about how the images will appear in black and white (BW) as well as color.
There are many ways to take a color image and convert to black and white.  In our class, we were emphasizing a specific method, and had a chance to try them out in our editing sessions.
Here’s a shot in color, followed by my preferred black and white conversion:
The first thing I noticed was that the color of her blouse didn’t quite match the bricks.  
By switching to BW, that removed any color conflict.  
Also, I liked the appearance of her skin tones in the BW conversion.

So, think about a BW finish on your next images.  It can often create an entirely new look!

ROY (Red Orange Yellow)

I remember in my college days needing to memorize the spectral color sequence. The acronym ROY G. BIV was used to spell out Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. This is the progression of the visible spectrum from longer to shorter wavelengths of light.

I’m not quite sure why you need to know that, but for astronomers who need to measure exact frequencies of starlight, it’s important basic stuff.

When I edited this image of these five dancers, the acronym came back to me. Red, Orange and Yellow are very strong in this image.

A bit of creative titling and border borrowing colors and textures from the girls’ costumes rounded this one out.