Seeing In Black & White
Create striking monochromatic images from your color digital photos
Black-and-white images always have held a special place in photography. Although color photographs comprise the majority of the images that are created and printed, a monochromatic print produces a much different reaction than does a color version of the same scene.
There seem to be as many ways to derive a black-and-white image from a color file as there are photographers. Each has benefits and drawbacks. Regardless of whether you're a casual or serious photographer, you'll find a variety of ways to explore the wonderful world of black-and-white. While the following techniques can be applied in almost any image-processing program, specific references are based on Adobe Photoshop.
The Power Of Black-And White
One of the virtues of black-and-white photography is its apparent ability to render a scene to its basic elements. Without the distraction of color, a monochromatic image is judged on its composition and range of tones. While compositional rules apply equally to color and black-and-white, the emphasis on tonality produces the uniqueness of a monochromatic image.