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Old 01-06-2006, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any experience and/or opinions as to commercial applications for B&W swimsuit photographs? Or is color absolutely necessary?









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Old 01-06-2006, 05:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems to me that color would be preferable in a swimsuit shot. I cant think of a commercial application for a B&W swimsuit shot. There may be one but I cant think of it.

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Old 01-06-2006, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My experience may be lacking here, but it seems to me the B&W suits could be of use as a pinup type shot. But if your trying to highlight the suit then I would think you have to have color. But, JMO [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is interesting, because just about every other category here can be done in either. Pinup would qualify as art (or glamour, whatever), and swimwear as fashion, and both are accepted in B&W. Let's just say we're trying to sell swimsuits, seems to me the B&W serves to accentuate a certain aspect of that, whereas if we're selling skin... Well look at the skinmags... (though some have caught on).

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Old 01-06-2006, 09:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If your selling swimsuits, then isn't that what you want to show off the most and the best way possible. Ladies that are going to buy suits want to see the color and style more than they want to see B&W contrast.
Still JMO. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

If I'm wrong, I really hope someone corrects me on this. Please [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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In a word...Yes, color matters.
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Remember Ford's first family vehicle? You could pick any color you wanted as long as it was black. Do you still ride around in a black car? Guys might be okay with utilitarian black but not women.

So why limit your swimsuit photography to B&W?
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That's what I'd really like to know - what the ladies think! Seems to me the style is brought out in B&W, just as with fashion. There's usually the featured color, then the available colors... Most women I know have got some imagination, yes?

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Re: In a word...Yes, color matters.
Old 01-06-2006, 09:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Don't remember, heard about it though. Maybe the situation is reversed?

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Black and White...
Old 01-07-2006, 05:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Some ideas die hard.

Kodak has quit making B&W paper...

Somewhere there's probably a guy still making buggy whips in his basement figuring the horse will be back. (Actually, with the price of gas these days, he may be right!)

B&W has a very limited audience. Besides the few oldtimeres who remember the 75 cent Cowan, et al, figure and model books, probably not many people want to see B&W swimsuits.

Color, high definition, widescreen... that's the technology today.

By the way, didja know that in February 2009 your standard analog color TV will go dead? Yep, the gov'ment says everything gotta be digital high definition by then and all the NTSC analog signals will go off the air. Oh, a few cable companies will continue to carry analog signals for a while, but
they'll give 'em up rather quickly also. Digital TV... it's the future.
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[b]A semi-bikini B&amp;W shot...

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[ QUOTE ]
Some ideas die hard.

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By the way, didja know that in February 2009 your standard analog color TV will go dead? Yep, the gov'ment says everything gotta be digital high definition by then and all the NTSC analog signals will go off the air. Oh, a few cable companies will continue to carry analog signals for a while, but
they'll give 'em up rather quickly also. Digital TV... it's the future.

[/ QUOTE ]

We'll see on the 2009 part. This country was supposed to completely switch over to the metric system in 1976. My kindergarden and first-grade teachers spent a good deal of time teaching us about meters, liters, and kilograms for a day that has yet to arrive. I'm not saying that the digital signal transition won't happen, I just bet that when people find out that 75+ million still-working TV sets are about to become doorstops overnight, the date will get pushed back. Because some ideas die hard.

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