Con­sider black & white

Mono­chrome has en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity and is es­pe­cially suited to seascapes

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

While colour images are de­pen­dent on colour re­la­tion­ships for im­pact, mono­chrome re­lies on tone, con­trast and shapes. Re­mov­ing colour places em­pha­sis on shape, form and tex­ture. Scenes with a good range of tones, from true blacks to pure whites, gen­er­ally con­vert well, as do those with skies that con­tain plenty of in­ter­est.

It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand how colour will trans­late to greyscale – for ex­am­ple, red and green con­verted to mono­chrome can ap­pear ton­ally very sim­i­lar – and see­ing in black and white comes more nat­u­rally to some than oth­ers. You could try us­ing the mono set­tings in your cam­era’s pic­ture styles – this en­ables you to pre­view the ef­fects in Live View and see whether the com­po­si­tion works in mono.

Right Tonal range suc­cess­ful mono­chrome con­ver­sions should ex­hibit a full range of tones from true white to pure black; this is com­mon in seascapes, so they of­ten make good black and white images

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