Back in the stone age of newspaper work, everything was black and white except for the Sunday Rotogravure section of some large dailies. This isn’t actually a bad thing for in black and white, exposure is critical or one lost all the subtle details in the shadows and highlights. Even more important is composition for there has to be a pleasing arrangement and the photographer has to see it in the camera. If a news story, one has to see it as it unfolds. Black and white isn’t like color which can be a composition all by itself. Try taking a color image and changing it to a grayscale. You may have to crop it again to get rid of dome over or under exposed areas and see if the image holds up as a well composed photograph. Or was the color the composition. I think you will find that black and white has tremendous power as a photographic tool.

This image was made in color and reduced to grayscale.
Smallest City SkylineSmallest City skyline Vergennes Vermont 09/10/2006

This photo was made in black and white, color wouldn’t do anything for it. The rain and greyness of the New York City street combined with her being soaked made for the composition.
Rainy Day New York City rain NYC, NY 07/30/1970


About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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