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!

Last Call: Winter Photography Classes

This Saturday 1/8/11, we begin “Adventures in Photography: Winter Series”.  This set of classes is oriented to the beginning digital photographer, and covers camera skills, lighting, editing and more.
If you or someone you know wants to learn more about photography, this is a great time of year and great setting for learning.  We have wonderful daylight and lots of photographic resources.
Seminars will be on Saturdays: January 8, 15 and 22 from 10AM until 2PM.  Lunch is included.  All you need is your dSLR and lenses and we will explore the world of photography!
Classes will be held at our studio – 2617 Peach Street in Erie, PA.  To reserve your place, contact us through the web or call 814-881-2840.

Cost is $99 for the entire series.   More information is at

It’s a great way to start the year and spice up your camera skills!