Christmas colors are wonderful but there is something to be said for the nostalgic look of the black and white print.
This is a Christmas photo of me and my siblings not too many years ago (ha). I love the look and feel of this print. It was a gift to me from my mom and is the only one we have like it. I love the fact that my brother looks like he is trying to escape and my sister looks so proud in her new dress, but what is up with those bangs we have?! Don’t you agree that this print would take on a whole different look if it were in color?
When the twins went to see Santa, I was in a hurry and wasn’t thinking about this photo above. The color photos I took last weekend were alright but not thrilling. A few days later I looked at them again and decided to change them to b&w …..and I love them now! They tell such a different story to me.
This is the before in color:
it is OK but the toys in the background and all the red color is a bit distracting; it tells a story of the toy store and the activity of going to see Santa.
This is the b&w and all of a sudden I really see the emotion or the magic emerge from this photo. I can just hear Andrew describe his Star Wars ship and Evan the Toy Story toy he wants; their hands are telling the story! I didn’t notice their hands as much the first time I looked at the color photo. The B&W tells a different story. It seems more simple and warm and, even though they are the same photo, I really like this one better.
There are 2 things to do when you convert to b&w or sepia:
1. Usually you will want to crop in a bit and get closer
2. You will always want to brighten it up (increasing the mid-tones) and possibly make it a bit warmer on your temperature setting. If you do a straight conversion it will almost always be too dark.
Go ‘unwrap’ some black and white photo gifts! You already have them! All you have to do is go to your color photos and start looking for the treasures! They are there and you will be thrilled to find them, you may even want to frame a few to put around the house. (Be sure and share them with us too!)
Happy treasure hunting!