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.
Thank goodness there is at least one camera company that cares about and supports their customers.
If you are a Fuji X photographer you have to be in love with the folks at Fuji who have continuously updated firmware in their camera models at no charge and without any hassle since the inception of the product line.
Unlike other camera companies whose firmware updates are for fixing existing problems that should have been done long before the camera or lenses came to market Fuji not only admits when there has been a problem but also continues at least for a couple of years to update firmware so that it incorporates brand new features that the cameras did not have before.
In this case Fuji has announced one upgrade for the Xpro2 and the XT2 that will be here at the end of March and another that will probably come the end of may and it will add 33 brand new or enhanced features between the two models.
Not only do they produce beautiful and innovative products, you are virtually guaranteed that you will not be left behind as new models enter the market place.
I would call them the industry good guys.
Fujifilm will launch a couple of major firmware updates for its X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Features on the way include focal length-dependent minimum shutter speed in ISO auto and added tools for video shooters. Read more
AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs
It was back in November 2016 that Nikon did what was unheard of in the walls of Nikon Inc., and downsized by 1000 personnel to help stop a leaking boat.
Now the exceptional, never delivered DL series of cameras is gone before it ever really got here. They have had all kinds of excuses for why delivery could not happen and now they say it is too expensive.
Nikon says that the development costs had become too great to continue. A statement released today also mentions the company’s concern that it wouldn’t sell enough units to make up for the increased costs, due to a slow down in the market.
I personally think the DL series had great consumer potential, if they had delivered when they were supposed to. I know a great many people looking to carry less and some were even willing to own both cameras in lieu of a DSLR outfit. Sad.
What is even worse is the fact that Nikon was and is the only camera company not to embrace mirrorless cameras. Unlike Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and the list goes on.
And then there is the Key Mission 360 degree cameras. Is this late to the party POV camera enough to pull up the Nikon losses? Only time will tell. In the meantime competition like GoPro and others have been showing declining sales of this type of product for several years now. Who is steering the Nikon ship?
The camera manufacturers have been on the losing end for a while because of steep competition from the phone industry. But no matter what any one says, the phone concept as being a main camera for the serious photographer is BS.
In my opinion he quality of images from terrific stand alone cameras is still greater, better, and necessary if consumers are going to do the smart thing and print their images instead of goo gooing over them in front of a tablet, phone, or computer monitor which don’t offer what a good print will always offer.
Nikon has officially put an end to the DL series. Announced just under a year ago, the three DL compacts would have had 1″ sensors, and were originally set to ship in June 2016. Read more