Black & White Photography

10 Reasons (and None are Nostalgic)

Rubin, San Francisco (2014) — and then sometimes color is better.
Rubin (2009): The color version at left isn’t bad, but the blue shirt calls attention to itself, and even the girl’s green shirt stands out; without color features our focus is central, on the girl’s face predominantly, and not meandering around to the shiny (colorful) objects. And the color doesn’t add anything to the photo.
At left, the original — you couldn’t make that blue sky yellow and it not look weird; but in greyscale you have wide latitude to adjust the sky’s tone — either dark or light — without making it look weird, and for the purpose of controlling the viewer’s experience. (Rubin, 2018)
Rubin (2019): This enjoyable image of windblown flowers is interesting in color, but weak in b&w, where it’s more difficult to sense it’s an ocean/cliff shot, and the composition is scattered.
Rubin, After the playdate (2010): The color isn’t just decoration or colorful, it’s part of the ‘story.’

Thanks for reading! If you want to see my range of black-and-white photography, check out my @droidmaker instagram. I encourage you to take one of my workshops through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. There are periodic 3-week online programs (6 sessions), and this August there is an in-person 1-week intensive that should be fun for any creative amateur, maybe if you’ve plateaued, feel like you’re good at picture taking, but want to push yourself. Anyway, Thanks for listening.

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M. H. Rubin

M. H. Rubin

Living a creative life, a student of high magic, and hopefully growing wiser as I age. • Ex-Lucasfilm, Netflix, Adobe. • Here are my stories and photos.