Welcome to the GeekShot Photo Exclusive Series. This will be a weekly post featuring cool, interesting, or just plain awesome moments we have captured during San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon. Each week we’ll post a photo by Beth or James of GeekShot Photography. We may include a short story about the photo, but sometimes we’ll just let the photo speak for itself.
About This Photo
Cameron Monaghan at the Gotham panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Sometimes you just have to go with black and white. For me it’s usually to enhance emotion, whether it be of the person/subject or the scene. During the Gotham panel I knew something was up when a few extra people moved to the Q&A area. I was ready to turn around as soon as something happened, and luckily I got this shot. Being in the right place at the right time, and taking advantage of what normally would be poor lighting, made for a nice capture that brings out the character Cameron was playing.
However, there are times you have to use B&W to cover problems with the photo. High noise, single color lighting, or extremes of the color temperature spectrum are the most common for me. Having to use high ISO will strip out a lot of detail and color anyway, so using black and white lessens the impact of those problems. Too much of a single color light, or too warm/cold, will cause problems like blown out highlights. Black and white can make these problems actually look good.
Whatever reason you make use of it, don’t forget it’s there. You never know when you can save a photo or make it better.
Have you captured a photo that looks great in black and white? Let us know in the comments.
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