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!

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