Thursday, August 7, 2014

M is for Monochrome

 M is for Monochrome

Monochrome describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color. A monochromatic object or image has colors in shades of limited color and hues. Images using shades of gray are called grayscale or black-and-white. Monochromatic light refers to visible light of a narrow band of wavelenghts.

monochrome scale

For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white, or more likely grayscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single color, such as green-and-white or green-and-black. It may also refer to sepia displaying tones from light tan to dark brown or cyanotype images, and early photographic methods such as dagurreotyoes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, each of which may be used to produce a monochromatic image.

monochrome film photography

In film photography, monochrome is typically the use of black-and-white film. Originally, all photography was done in monochrome until the invention of color film plates in the early 20th century.

monochrome digital photography

In digital photography,  monochrome is the capture of only shades of black by the sensor, or by post-processing a color image to presnt only the preceived brightness by combining the valuse of multiple channels.

Monochrome Photography

Monochrome photography is photography where the image produced has a single hue, rather than recording the colors of the object that was photographed. It includes all forms of black-and-white photography, which produce images containing tones of gray ranging from black and white.

monochrome camera

Well that's monochrome in a nutshell. Stay tuned for the next blog of the photography alphabet.