When To Change Your Photos To Black & White?

When to change your photos to black and white really depends on YOU. I get asked this question a lot by inspiring photographers and bloggers. "When do I change my photos to monochrome (black and white) and how should I know how to do that?"

First of all, let's look at some comparison:

Take this picture- one of the first "100s" that I did, (my first 100 pictures), and then look at it in black and white below:

Do you see how the black and white one looks much better? Not only is the emotion of the baby's expression more clear, the lighting is prettier in black and white, and really impacts the shadows across the girl's face. Her lips are deeper and more outlined when turned more black than pinkish red, and the background is blurred out and unnoticeable. When using harsh lighting, I say to change it to black and white- most of the time.

Now look at this picture- see how the main color is kinda brown, and the cat's face is the one in focus, making those eyes stand out? It's also just a tiny tiny bit blurry... so now look at the picture underneath from nearly the same shot:

Doesn't it look so much better? The cat stands out even more, and the contrast is really chosen well. 😍

So here's some tips for you all, when trying to decide black and white, or stay in color? 🌈

  • Is it harsh lighting? Try black and white
  • Is it a bit blurry? Try black and white
  • Is the colors... colorless? Try black and white
  • Are you trying to outline a shadow? Try black and white
  • Are you focusing on a small detail? Try black and white
Hope these tips help you next time you're taking black and white into consideration!

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Hadassah <3


  1. Thanks so much! These are some awesome tips. <3

  2. You're right, it really depends on the person. I use monochrome when I want to get more detail/contrast. 😉

  3. I like making my pictures black and white so this was really cool!

    Lily @ lilymaesday.blogspot.com


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