It is so perfect, I could have thought it up my self. I only ask that you complete this assignment without resorting to using your live view LCD unless you are using a cell phone camera or one of the electronic viewfinder cameras. This assignment can be completed with film or digital, TLR, SLR, DSLR, Point-and-Shot or even a disposable.
So, Your Assignment... Monochrome
The aim of this assignment is to explore the subject (your choice of course) in terms of tonal contrast rather than colour contrast. If you dig through your camera’s colour options, you should find a control that tells the camera to create a black-and-white image instead of a full-colour photo. As with saturation adjustments, I’m not a fan of this option.
You probably thought this assignment would be a "snap".
How hard is it going to be? I want you to view your subject with the thought that the final image is going to be monochromatic. In fact I want you to select your subject keeping that criteria in mind. For you old pros, I don't have to tell you how to evaluate your subject... however, as I suspect there are some of you just starting out in this marvellous hobby who never viewed the wold before colour was invented. So how do you evaluate a subject in a monochromatic world?
It's as easy as eating a box of chocolates, Quality Street Chocolates that is. Why Quality Street... if you have ever seen a box (tin) you will recall the very colourful transparent wrappers; red, green, yellow and blue. My personal favourite is yellow. Haven eaten the chocolate, don't throw away the wrapper. Yes, it is the view of the world through one of those wrappers that allows you to study a subject in monochrome. It is the study of the subject that will yield the answer to this assignment.
Once you have chosen your subject, take the picture in full colour and if you can't desaturate it with what ever you have for post processing software, dig around in your colour settings for your camera and make a second image in B&W or sepia tone. You can also go to a camera shop and buy colour "gels" to hold in front of your lens or shot through your candy wrapper...This is for fun and learning... who cares if its a little blurry as long as you are learning, moving ahead and having fun.
Most of the general tips on how to compose or frame a good shot apply just as well to B&W photography as they do when shooting in colour... however the main obvious difference is that you’re unable to use colour to lead the eye into or around your final image. This means you need to train yourself to look at shapes, tones and textures in your frame as points of interest (this is where the candy wrapper comes into play). Pay particularly attention to shadows and highlights which will become a feature of your shot.
Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/5-black-and-white-photography-tips#ixzz2MuEoh3fb
Although the image does not have to be black and white per se, it should suggest a feeling of singular colour (hue) regardless of saturation. Example above, a Chartreuse Rose.
Inspiration is only a Google away.
Assignment Due: Monday, 25-Mar-13
Place your images in the Your Assignment # 2 ... Monochrome album. That's right, I said "images" meaning more than one, but they have to be of the same subject and please limit it to three (3).
Good Luck and good hunting.