life is in color

According to the previous postreality is in black and white, today I went to the city center, and between an appointment and another I took time to make some images. This time I wanted to look at the diferences between working in color and black and white. It’s very hard for me to decide which one I like the most. Certainly, the black and white images carry in themselves a drama that the color has not. In turn, colors reveal the environment more naturally and directly (?) – since monochromatic images are actually an abstraction of reality… My method for achieving this tonality is quite simple. I configure the camera (sony a7) in neutral color mode – in RAW format (always in RAW, I never use JPEG). After I finished shooting, I connect the camera with my cellphone over the wifi (a feature that I really like this camera. I’ve been using it a lot since I discovered it. I have sony a7 recently, after almost a decade with a 550d canon). With the images on the phone I apply the VSCO app filters, and that’s it! This is the way I work with images for instagram or the internet in general. For professional work I certainly have to go through the adobe lightroom and export in tiff format. In the lightroom I also have the VSCO filters, but I use them much less in this software. When I work on my computer, I have a lot more image control, so color correction is much more elaborate than just applying a filter. But as I have been saying, these images that I have presented here on the blog, especially these street series, are very uncompromising, so I feel free to work them out simply as well. Hope you like it. Looking foward to hear your thoughts about your preferences, between color or black and white. For my side, I just can not say what I like most… Geminian feelings over here 🙂 

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9 thoughts on “life is in color

  1. Does your Sony send the pics to your phone as RAW files, or does it compress them first? I know my RAW files average about 20MB. I don’t have a cell phone so I have no base of reference, but that sure seems like a large file to send to one. Cool if you can, though!

    Can I ask – what did you do for white balancing these shots? Do you just leave it on Automatic WB?

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    1. Yes, the camera compress the image to jpeg… but I find it is ok to use these compression in Instagram or in the blog. These files are like 500kb. RAW is like 24MB. I normally use auto WB. The tonality here is generated by the VSCO filter… you can adjust also if you may

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