Forums > Critique > Fun and Games > Which edit do you like better?

Photographer

AlyssaMichelle Photo

Posts: 512

Lake Forest, California, US

I'm having trouble deciding whether I like the color or black and white better, what's your favorite?

http://i45.tinypic.com/28ui78l.jpg

Dec 14 12 02:17 pm Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 944

San Diego, California, US

I prefer the b&w, I think it's a bit more striking.
DD

Dec 14 12 02:23 pm Link

Retoucher

SL-Retouching

Posts: 21

Ontario, California, US

Needs a little retouch work, but the black and white is the best. I love the contrast, and it really puts the focus on the model

Dec 14 12 02:23 pm Link

Photographer

The Sweaty Sock

Posts: 465

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

I like the colour, it may work better in B&W with a better conversion.

cheers

Gordon

Dec 14 12 02:29 pm Link

Photographer

Dan K Photography

Posts: 5489

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

gmcphotography wrote:
I like the colour, it may work better in B&W with a better conversion.

cheers

Gordon

+1

Either way you go it's nice.

Dec 14 12 05:45 pm Link

Photographer

Rudy Joggerst

Posts: 396

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I like the b/w as is. Has a timeless, film like quality imo.

Dec 14 12 08:49 pm Link

Photographer

Brett Fish

Posts: 426

Seattle, Washington, US

Black and white.  I admit, I have an intrinsic weakness for it, but I think this image reads better B&W.

Dec 21 12 01:15 am Link

Retoucher

MM020

Posts: 1046

Braşov, Braşov, Romania

I vote black and white.

Dec 21 12 05:12 am Link

Photographer

Zack Zoll

Posts: 3417

Glens Falls, New York, US

Colour, easily.  I almost always prefer black and white, but this one isn't converted great; the detail on the right side of the face is almost entirely gone, and it doesn't look like it was lit in such a way that this was supposed to happen.

Also ... this is unrequested criticism, but I don't like when people pose with an unlit cigarette.  It just feels phony to me.

Dec 21 12 05:22 am Link

Model

Jojo West

Posts: 1000

Annandale, Virginia, US

B&W gives it a bit more of the dramatic touch.

Dec 21 12 06:44 am Link

Model

Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Torpoint, England, United Kingdom

I too prefer the b+w x

Dec 21 12 06:47 am Link

Photographer

Anthony J Deffina

Posts: 80

Shingle Springs, California, US

They both have a '70's feel to them. I like them both. If I have to chose, I'll go with the B&W. The cigarette isn't lit and that kind of throws it off, imo. In the B&W that doesn't draw my attention so much as it does in the color.

Dec 21 12 06:51 am Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 8392

Imperial, California, US

I like the color version better. The B&W is missing allot of detail, I can't see her hair along the left side of her face...

Dec 21 12 06:53 am Link

Photographer

Amul La La

Posts: 875

Saint Austell, England, United Kingdom

Colour expresses what you want it to, Mono tint, expresses everything, there both winners, but for me, I'd go b/w.

Dec 21 12 07:09 am Link

Photographer

John M Hoyt

Posts: 347

Greenville, South Carolina, US

Hard call on this one... I like them both. Each one speaks to me in different ways.
Guess you will have to go with the one that conveys your message best.

Dec 21 12 04:43 pm Link

Photographer

lynden

Posts: 8562

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I prefer the b+w, but maybe with a little more highlighting behind her left side.

Dec 21 12 07:38 pm Link

Photographer

CJ Standish

Posts: 232

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Easy call. Color. Black & white has posterization, very little detail in the shadow. Maybe a better conversion would help but we don't know.

As an aside on posing, as an ex-smoker and one who's seen too many people die of tobacco-related disease, I don't like to see anyone voluntarily glamourizing smoking.

Dec 21 12 07:45 pm Link

Photographer

Fist Full of Ish

Posts: 1933

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, US

Horse dung on the "background detail".  That's fine.  It needs a better crop and more foreground interest.  Here's a hint: http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/7329/smokean.jpg

Dec 21 12 09:35 pm Link

Photographer

AlyssaMichelle Photo

Posts: 512

Lake Forest, California, US

The cigarette was lit actually, for those of you saying it wasn't... and she was smoking it, she's a smoker, that's why smile

Dec 28 12 11:53 am Link

Model

Denique Lindsay

Posts: 61

Conyers, Georgia, US

COLOR!. Her eyes are amazing. the b&w hides that.

Jan 02 13 04:30 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Callen Photography

Posts: 260

Buffalo, New York, US

I like the color version better, but only because the shadow on her face is too heavy in the BW one.

Jan 02 13 04:36 pm Link

Photographer

Modstudios

Posts: 1159

Beavercreek, Ohio, US

Black and White

Jan 02 13 04:45 pm Link

Photographer

sammyspade

Posts: 98

Portland, Oregon, US

B&W all the way

Jan 02 13 04:47 pm Link

Photographer

APS-Chicago

Posts: 982

Chicago, Illinois, US

B&W

Jan 04 13 09:45 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3615

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

APS-Chicago wrote:
B&W

Ya

Jan 04 13 11:44 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Dallas, Texas, US

I like the B&W one better!

Jan 18 13 07:53 pm Link