scrappers...do you prefer color or black and white photos?

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Posted 4/2/2013 by jen kinkade in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:27:59 AM
I posted this in general photography, but thought maybe it was more relevant overall here!

Do you prefer a specifically toned photo when you scrap?
Lately, I have gone to scrapping mostly black and white photos.
For me there is something classic and timeless about black and white pictures! Also, it makes it easy to coordinate with whatever paper line/collection you want to use!!

I still do scrap color photos, just not as much.

What is your preference?




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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:30:01 AM
I've always loved black and white the best. I used to shoot probably 75-80% true black and white film. I miss it! But the cost of film and developing is so high, especially given I am lucky if I get 1-2 good shots per roll.







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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:51:07 AM
I almost always use black and white when I make an altered canvas. I find it's easier to embellish/paint.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:03:04 AM
While I love black & white photos, I prefer to scrap with color photos as much as possible. I just like to be in that moment again when I look at the picture, see the colors, the details of faces, etc. I only use b&w when I do a LO with a selfie and do extensive journaling. Then the photo is more part of the design than telling a story on its own. I hope this makes sense.




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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:06:02 AM
I prefer color.




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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:08:27 AM
when I was young, all we had was black and white.

Now, I wonder what COLOR that snow suit was or what COLOR the dress I wore for Easter or what COLOR were the flowers in the garden, what COLOR was Dad's old car....those photos are all B&W.

I would not change my color pictures for the world.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:09:40 AM
I love black and white for special occasions such as weddings.
I like color for the every day.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:11:21 PM
I think it depends on the photo itself. People almost always look good in black/white. A photo of say, Thanksgiving feast on the dinner table, does not.
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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:31:29 PM
Usually color. I only use B&W if I have certain colors of stuff I want to use and they don't "go" together, which isn't often.




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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:36:44 PM
I'm with Karensay on having decades of my life in b&w, wondering about the colors of the world then... and not knowing. For me it is almost all color.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:37:02 PM
I love black and white, but not for everyday photos. Those I much prefer in color. I love black and white when I am focusing on person's face and expression and when there is very little going on in the background.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:39:55 PM
I like and use both.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:53:04 PM
Color


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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:00:21 PM
I think I'm kind of neutral here. I like both and use them equally

I love the classic, timeless look of a good black and white photo but I also really like color because sometimes the colors need to be seen or its just not the same. Like a beach sunset as an example


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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:08:12 PM
very good points about wondering on certain details of pictures!
color would be best in that instance!
thanks for chiming in!!



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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:08:26 PM
Always color.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:31:53 PM
I love using color photos, but there is something special about the old b&w's too.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:37:12 PM
I like color best.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:39:54 PM
It depends on the photo and the collection I'm working with more than anything.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 4:00:34 PM
Mostly color. I will reprint in B&W if I can't pull the supplies together for the color photos.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 4:13:18 PM
I much prefer colour. In fact, I could probably count on one hand the number of B&W photos I've scrapped... And the funny thing is that I've just done 2 layouts that used B&W photos! One was because that was the only option I had and the other was because I had a really basic page/colour scheme into head and I couldn't get the colour photo to work!


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Posted: 4/2/2013 4:40:25 PM
COLOR! I will try my best to scrap a full color photo. Only if it isn't working, I can't find compatible papers (or my son is wearing his purple, green and yellow Mardi Gras shirt), will I change the photo to sepia or B&W. I want future generations (and myself) to be able to look back and see how our clothes looked, our hair color, room decor, etc. For the same reason I try not to crop out everything entirely from my photos. There are clues to our lives there.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 6:28:47 PM
I scrap mostly color with a few B&Ws thrown in.

I'm fussy about what type of photo I want to see in B&W. I prefer close-ups of people. Simple photos. Nothing busy or with a lot of background.



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Posted: 4/2/2013 6:33:46 PM
I love the look of B&W photos, but my color schemes are usually so much based on the colors in the photos it wouldn't work for me to do much B&W. (I don't necessarily match clothes, but I might pick a coordinating or contrasting color.)



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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:42:11 PM
I scrap mostly color photos. Like pp mentioned, I like to see the colors as a record of our lives. I only use b&w for close up photos or on group shots were people are wearing clashing colors.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 1:14:47 AM
Color for the capturing the details reasons as mentioned. Occasionally I like B&W for a certain mood or to hide flaws in a pic!

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Posted: 4/3/2013 5:28:04 AM
Till now I have not printed any photos in b/w but I love the look of them. I like colored as they capture the details .But now I will print some in b/w just to have some fun with them.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 5:36:00 AM
I prefer color


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Posted: 4/3/2013 7:12:13 AM
I go back and forth. I get on B&W kicks and then return to color. When I was 100% film, I had to do one or the other and I think that is what developed...pun not intended...my tendency to do an event in one or the other, but not mix them. When I do, it feels wrong.

I used to develop my B&W on metallic paper and they looked almost 3D. LOVED THAT!

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Posted: 4/3/2013 11:17:28 AM
black and white are very classy to me; therefore, special photos I like in black and white. however I like color because it captures the event in its true nature. most of my layouts have color photos, every now and then I scrap black & white or with a sepia tone.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 11:30:00 AM
In addition to color providing a better historical record (and not seeing the point of black and white photos of flowers or anything involving fashion), I think color compensates for a lot of composition and lighting flaws.

In other words, I find black and white photos of more interest when the photography is high quality. When it's just an average photo, then I prefer color.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 4:28:53 PM
I have no preference! Lately I've been using more and more black and white, but I love using color to see how the moment really looked like. I love that with black and white you can use any product, any line, and the photos will pop!



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Posted: 4/3/2013 7:29:49 PM
For me, it all depends on the subject and the tone I am trying to achieve. I don't think I could ever do a birthday party with black and white photos but I could easily do shots of my grandfather's barn.

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Posted: 4/3/2013 7:41:29 PM
I prefer LOs with color photos, but do use black n white some of the time. For AA projects I've noticed I tend to work in sepia tinted photos with selective coloring.

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Posted: 4/3/2013 9:00:10 PM
I prefer color much more. It's fun to look back at childhood photos and see the color of grandma's wallpaper, the color of my bedding, and so many more things. Stuff I might not remember if it's in black and white.

The exceptions is close ups of people. Then I prefer black and white.

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Posted: 4/3/2013 9:11:18 PM
Like most others, I prefer color, but absolutely love b&w pics that capture an emotion or profound focal point.

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Posted: 4/3/2013 10:07:33 PM
for scrapbooking, I prefer color. For showing in a frame - band w


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Posted: 4/3/2013 11:47:00 PM
Tough question because I love both. I scrap more in color because someday I want to remember what color those clothes were, or toys, or blankets, the furniture, whatever, I want to remember what the colors were - like it's going to help my memory be more vivid or something I guess is how I think of it. But black and white, so timeless and beautiful. I scrap mostly in color but toss in black and white every now and then for good measure. Or when I'm making something with lots of pictures and it starts to get very visually busy, then I try to break with up with a few black and white.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 12:45:23 AM
color! I'm not a fan of black and white photos! and I like to refer at colors of the photo to make a layout!


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Posted: 4/4/2013 1:04:59 AM
I almost always use colour photos unless the photo was shot with black and white film. I like true-to-life colour in my pages, and don't like turning the photo black and white unless the colour is horrible (and even then only as a last resort), mostly because a lot of what I scrap would lose the context and mood I want to capture if I were to take the colour away.

I do love b&w photography. I have a gallery wall in m house which is all black and white photos of our families dating back over 100 years. Love how this looks. Just not in my scrapbooks.



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Posted: 4/4/2013 1:08:27 AM
I love both! I really love color during times at certain places or my favorite outfit on my lil ones. Honestly it just depends on the photo itself. I wouldn't want to do just one over the other because then I fell that it becomes dull when things are repetitive.


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Posted: 4/4/2013 2:58:44 AM
I'm definitely a fan of colour. I was converted once and for all when I was sifting through some old family photos and my dad pulled out one of his family standing in front of their colour and he mentioned that car was painted yellow and coral. He was able to tell me some of the back story about why they had this particular car and why it was painted the colours it was, but it made me realise how much potential story we lose when we only see the world in b&w.


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