Monochrome — updated July 13th, 2017 with a better viewing method
Many many years ago when I was just a kid working in my dad’s darkroom, black and white photography was what we did. People shot in black and white, processed black and white and created images that were story telling, dramatic, honing in on what was the primary subject and not the colors. Black and White totally eliminated color and isolated what is important in an image, the subject.
I am not against good color images and to be honest, if done right can provide us with the beauty of the world overall. Color is most certainly a part of photographic lives and story telling so I am not discounting what great color represents to the photographer and the images a photographer gives to us.
There is a long-awaited and most certainly deserved rebirth of the monochrome image, which is not solely black and white. People are beginning to appreciate how a monochrome image draw them into the image, right to the heart of the story, the subject.
Overtime and even more so today I have processed digital images that were created in raw color by the cameras software, into monochrome images with a variety of software products. With wonderful software in the market today I have come to process images both in color and black and white in Picktorial 3.0 raw processor which provides me with universal and local adjustments for all my tools. Then in the final process should I want a more artistic approach I either export a copy of my image to Nik Silverefex Pro 2.0 (soon to be discontinued completely) or Alien Skin X2 Layer software and/or On1 Photo Raw
However, as I am a Mac user, I do use Picktorial for over all adjustments and then Alien Skin x2 to finish if necessary. I should note that Alien Skin is also a raw processor for both Windows and Mac as is On1.
I have also set up my Fuji X cameras, all three of them to shoot black and white Jpegs and color raw files at the same time. So what I see in the viewfinder and LCD screen is a black and white (monochrome) image.
Adjective: 1) having only one color, 2) representing colors with shades of gray (photography).
Origin: From Ancient Greek μονόχρωμος (monókhrōmos), from μόνος (mónos, “one”) + χρῶμα (khrôma, “color”); mono- + -chrome.
First known use: Early decades of the 19th century.
Digital photography, monochrome is the capture of only shades of black by the sensor, or by post-processing a color image to present only the perceived brightness by combining the values of multiple channels (usually red, blue, and green). The weighting of individual channels may be selected to achieve a desired artistic effect; if only the red channel is selected by the weighting then the effect will be similar to that of using a red filter on panchromatic film. If the red channel is eliminated and the green and blue combined then the effect will be similar to that of orthochromatic film or the use of a cyan filter on panchromatic film. The selection of weighting thus allows a wide range of artistic expression in the final monochromatic image.