© 2014 Photography by Joel Foo
For those who don't know, I've been shooting BW exclusively for more than 3 years. After shooting in color at Power Big Meet I really enjoyed shooting and seeing the results. When I started doing photography I often converted my digital images to BW. I liked the BW look, but I also realised that my images became a bit less cluttered or busy in BW. In other words trying to compensate for my badly composed and/or lit photos. I'm not saying I'm a whole lot better now, but at least I feel aware of it and try to use it as best I can.
Color really adds at least two different dimensions to the photo. The first one being simply color, soft and subtle midrange colours like beige or green, or deep and saturated strong ones like red and blue. The second dimension is everything color creates. Atmosphere, warmth, cold, color combinations and different compositional alternatives where color is the main or complementary key. Shooting in color is very different from what I'm used to. Shooting in BW is all about light vs dark i.e. contrast. To make something interesting in BW you have to have a good relation and composition between light and dark. Whereas color gives the eye something additional to focus on. With the little experience in shooting in color I have I found myself shooting like I would with BW but trying to see and considering the colours. The light and dark ratio is in my opinion a tiny bit less important in color photography than BW. Since the color in combination or alone acts as contrast or light and dark itself. Nevertheless photographs are always created by light and therefore it is inevitable so consider the light and dark ratio.
Further on in August me and my girlfriend traveled to Prague, Czech Republic. This is where I had a change of mind. Color film in contrary to a digital color image (RAW) is always balanced to a specific color temperature. This means, as you probably already know, taking a photograph indoors with artificial lights captured with daylight balanced film will give you a yellow or blue/green tint. Not only does the whole color palette change but so does the mood with it. Since our eyes and/or mind corrects these color changes automatically seeing them uncorrected as captured on film, or digital sensor for that matter, tells or our mind that the mood or colours aren't right. There is something "wrong".