Friday, October 27, 2017

HDIC Rules: Always Shoot in Color

Back when I started this blog series, I talked about one of my rules for HDIC Productions, Integrity before photography.  Today, I’m going to talk about another one of my rules: Always shoot in color.

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Roc, the PItt Panther with a Pitt Make a Difference Day Shirt on, October 2017
Now some people may disagree with me on this and say things along the lines of, “black and white has uses” or, “what about the old days of black and white film?”  I don’t disagree!  In fact, I love black and white images.  They give a mood to the image, a feeling, a nostalgic look.  But hear me out on this, and it will all make sense.

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George Westinghouse Memorial Fountain in Schenley Park, October 2017
You’re getting ready to take a picture of a beautiful cityscape, and you switch your camera into black and white mode.  You take the picture and you go on your merry way back to post it to social media.  But then, as you go to post, you remember how vivid the colors looked that night and you go to Photoshop, and wait!  You shot in black and white!  You don’t have the colors.

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The same image from Mount Washington- the first in color, the second processed through Photoshop, October 2017.
Now, imagine the reverse of the situation.  You shot in color that night and you want to get the black and white look.  That’s as simple as two clicks in Photoshop!

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The Cathedral of Learning with Victory Lights on from the Stephen Foster Monument, September 2017.
So that’s why I say to always shoot in color: it’s easy to change to black and white, but impossible to change from black and white to color without manually drawing the colors in.  And if you know you want a picture in black and white, take it in color and then either A) change it in camera (if applicable to the camera model so that it’s a new image), or B) make note of the image number and do it right away in Photoshop.

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The same image as the first one, just faded to Black and White, October 2017
~AMH

All images copyright 2017 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions.
Images shot on a Canon Rebel T5 or T7i with a variety of lenses.

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