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Old 01-16-06, 09:33 PM
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Why are private eyes such tightwads?

Why is it that in a lot of movies, when a detective is asked to follow someone, and they report back with pictures of the cheating wife / philandering husband / spy... they're always in black and white?

Can they not afford color film? I mean even in spy movies, they have them in black and white. Have these people heard of Kodak? I mean Walgreen's will develop color faster and cheaper than your black and white film.

What about hair color? "Yes, your husband was with this woman, who has either gray, or red, or brown hair. And she drives this car, which is some sort of dark color, possibly."

This drives me nuts. What's the deal?
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More detail is shown in black and white photos. Color is for tourists.
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I'm not an expert on the subject, but when we were doing some sports filming, we used back and white film because it was more forgiving of exposure, you could be "off" by more in either under or overexposure and still get a decent result.

Also, at the time (this may have been overcome by technological advances) the film was more sensitive, it required less light and could be used in more situations with natural light than color.

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I thought this was going to be about how they can never seem to pay their secretaries.
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Speaking as a former professional photographer:

1) More forgiving in less-than-ideal lighting situations.

2) Can be shot at a higher ISO (more sensitive to light) with less grain, so you can get images in extremely low light.

3) It's much, much easier to develop and print your own black and white, including enlarging an isolated part of a negative, yourself than it is color; color printing at home is a pain in the ass. And it's unlikely you would trust an outside source (Walgreens, etc.) to print private, sensitive photographs.

Of course, in this digital age, that has all changed.
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My guess is that its for more of a Noir feel that is associated with private eyes in classic movies. Though the other responses to this thread probably give a much more realistic explanation.
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I remember my girlfriend took some B&W pictures to a store to be sent off and developed and it seems B&W photos cost more than color ones when it comes to printing.

I'm sure night vision and digital cameras have rendered the B&W photo cliche obsolete.
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What's the latest flick you've seen where they used b&w photos?



Does anyone remember if they had b&w pix in this fine film?


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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
What's the latest flick you've seen where they used b&w photos?
Unfaithful (2002)
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2002? Wow.

BTW, I'll give a Strong Agreement to Mr. Salty's reasons.
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youd think $200 a day plus expenses could buy a digital camera
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They're poor. Every private eye movie I see ends up with the detective doing the right thing, but getting paid nothing.
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So it's a never ending circle. Their kind-hearted benevolence keeps them poor and using black and white imagery. Got it.



I think that if they get greedy they usually have to die. Or not?

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