Pipe Dream #101: To Not Cop Out If I Can Help It

A friend of mine once said that editing photos so that they are black and white is kind of a cop out. Black and white makes everything look better. It hides flaws—no color noise, better contrast, and the subject is more clearly defined.

The problem, he said, is that it makes a lot of photographers look like they’re more talented than they really are. “Not a quality photo?” these lesser beings query, “I’ll just put it in black and white and instantly feel better about life.” Truly good photographers work with color because it is harder to get right.

It’s true, monochrome might be a cop out. But can you honestly imagine these sheep looking any other way? I LOVE the way this sepia-ish black and white looks. And I am not ashamed.

A workman approved,


1 Response to “Pipe Dream #101: To Not Cop Out If I Can Help It”

  1. 1 Tim h April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    100% agreed. Variety is spicy and reducing clutter helps zero in on themain action. Simplicity is sometimes supreme.

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