Shooting B&W versus Colour

Which image is stronger?

 

 

 

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Shooting digital the decision is easier: shoot both ie shoot colour & then can choose afterwards which you prefer. And many cameras allow you to shoot RAW+JPG, so you can even set it to display & store a B&W JPG, while the RAW will retain all of the colour information.
Shooting film the same theory applies if you shoot colour film, ie you can always process it to monochrome later… but half the fun of film is committing to the image you shoot, and I so love seeing a monochrome image, shot on monochrome film, for the first time…

This article makes the great point that even if you are shooting with B&W film, you are seeing colour through the viewfinder, so maybe one advantage of shooting with B&W film is that you are forced to previsualise the image you shoot as monochrome, and not ‘leave it until later’ ie when you aren’t in the moment or location…. Some other ideas worth considering here too, especially the 5th one appeals to me: it amplifies how you use negative space

Also an interesting article on film types to shoot before they disappear. Relatedly there is a interesting article about TriX here: “Corbijn and McCullin had both panicked at the news of Kodak filing for bankruptcy protection at the beginning of 2012. “I bought 2,500 rolls,” Corbijn told Intelligent Life’s Bryan Appleyard. “My studio in Holland has three floors and there’s a fridge on each floor, all full of Tri-X.”

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