Photos: when to opt for black and white

Poetic, timeless, artistic—black and white photography has been a mainstay since day one. Here are five instances to choose it over colour.

1. For textures

Colours tend to diminish the power of subjects. Use the black and white photo technique to magnify textures like rough wood, skin, leaves and stones.

2. For winter

Cloudy days, scarce colours—in winter, opt for black and white to emphasize shapes and enhance contrasts. Nostalgia guaranteed!

Pour l’hiver

3. For portraits

There’s nothing more beautiful than a monochrome portrait! Whether your subject is light, touching, socially engaged or daring, using black and white will enhance it and add rich, contrasting shadow effects, especially if lit from the side. What’s more, when used well, it can conceal small facial imperfections. What more could you ask for?

Pour les portraits

4. For cityscapes

A station concourse, a street lined with buildings or an old house: black and white intensifies contrasts and magnifies the architecture of buildings. The secret? Take photos early in the morning to take advantage of low-angled light and the resulting shadow effects.

5. For decoration

Running low on gift ideas? A panoramic shot from a recent trip to New York City or a family portrait in black and white and you’re all set! It’s beautiful, effective and goes with everything, so you know it’ll match the home style of the person you’re giving it to. Laminate, framed canvas or Plexiglas: Jean Coutu has a wide array of options to print your photos.

Pour les paysages urbains

Tip

Still not sure? Take your photos in colour: you can always edit them afterwards with numerous apps or editing programs that are free or nearly, such as PicMonkey, Pixlr, GIMP or Picfull.

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Photos: when to opt for black and white

Poetic, timeless, artistic—black and white photography has been a mainstay since day one. Here are five instances to choose it over colour.
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