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iPhoneography: Color vs. Black-and-White

Although I don't have any ideas about the which came first between the chicken and the egg, I do have some ideas about which is better...color or black-and-white when it comes to photography. In the olden days when I was a little boy, there was no choice. Black-and-White film was available. You took your pictures and then took the film to the local drug store. About a week or two later, you'd return to the drug store and pick up your rather small black-and-white prints. Once we started to use color film, we had a choice, color or black-and-white. However, if you started with color negatives, you'd probably have to print the black-and-white version yourself, or send it to a photo lab. If you started with black-and-white film, of course, you were stuck with black-and-whte prints. When we started to use digital cameras, we found that we didn't need to make the choice before we took the picture. We can take a color picture and easily convert it to black-and-white.

For example...

.Color FlowerBlack-and-White Flower

This flower grows in my bathroom, yes...the bathroom. It was taken with my iPhone. The black-and-white version was converted by the Best Camera app. I happen to like the color version. The best part is that *I* have the choice. iPhoneography gives us a wide range of choices that don't require a drug store, computer, or darkroom. I really like my iPhone as a camera. :)

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Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.