Your Assignment # 2 ... Monochrome

  • March 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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.

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  • Shawn Michael M.

    I'll be doing some more comments and posting some more to the album as soon as I get a little more regulated. My first blush through has me impressed with the output and the interpretation. Also, if any have not finished their assignment or wish to make some minor/major adjustments, feel free

    March 29, 2013

  • Suzie

    This activity was fun & gave me the opportunity to learn more about post processing.

    March 27, 2013

  • Angelina

    Something new to learn for sure. I am digging in!

    March 26, 2013

  • Ross B.

    I enjoyed this project. Lots to think about from subject to post-production. Nice work, folks!

    March 25, 2013

  • Ginny F.

    Hmmmm. Is there a button to upload photos?

    March 25, 2013

    • Bianca N.

      Ginny it's not activated yet for some reason BUT click on the "Photos" tab at the top of the page and select the Monochrome Assignment. It should come up first. Then you can upload your shots for this one.

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • Ginny F.

      Thank you Bianca. The upload button is here now too.

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Ian

    Hi there...
    Do we just chat in this space or do we log into a chat room or what?
    Newbie in need of aid...

    March 25, 2013

    • Bianca N.

      Hi Ian :-) There is no chat room. You can post a comment on individual photos that are uploaded or for more general comments you can post a reply here under the event itself ;-) Hope that helps! Oh there is also a Message Board too under the "Discussions" at the top of the page!

      March 25, 2013

  • John A. K.

    OK, I am the really the new newbee. Where do I upload my photos to the "Your Assignment #2....Monocrome album"? I thought my eyesight was excellent!

    March 25, 2013

    • Ian

      I clicked on photos at the top of the page then found the assignment by name. When I opened it there was an upload button. It worked for me! :)

      March 25, 2013

  • Ian

    If I can figure out how to upload the pictures and join in, I will. :)

    March 24, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    Question to Shawn and the group: What is the diff between monochrome and black and white? For some reason I thought monochrome did not have shades. I'm seeing mixed definitions online. Here's one source: http://www.blackandwhitedigital.com/Theory/monochrome.html Any clarification would be appreciated.

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Alex, I was following along your thought process nicely until you came up with your "...expression of art" tangent. To say there is (was) no expression of art (in photography) until, in 1936, the invention of kodachrome gave colour photography to the world is heresy, colour is a distraction. It takes attention away from the visual building blocks of a great photo; texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting. Modern black and white photography at it’s best is art, and many photographers regard it as the purest form of photography. IMHO and that of Andrew Gibson http://photo.tutsplus...­

      1 · March 23, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Jeff, I went to your "source" and I see why you are confused, or at least where the mixed definitions are coming from. In an attempt to impart knowledge it has reduced the three (monochrome, B&W, and Grayscale) to their intrinsic definitions, neglecting the important relationship: Monochrome is not the same thing as grayscale. A grayscale image is a type of monochrome image that only contains shades of gray. Additionally, monochrome and black-and-white are two different things. The phrase "black-and-white"­ may refer to a monochrome image that only includes the colours black and white or a grayscale image with multiple shades of gray. Now if that did not confuse you, think of it this way, Monochrome is the full set, B&W is a subset, and grayscale is a subset of B&W.

      2 · March 23, 2013

  • Bianca N.

    Shawn, I think I misunderstood. Are we supposed to upload 3 identical images but each with different processing? Or by "subject", did you mean a "theme" (my interpretation which I now believe might be incorrect!) with 3 unique images for a particular subject?

    2 · March 19, 2013

    • Bianca N.

      Perfect! Thank you Shawn :-)

      March 19, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Jeff, best I can say is... "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)." As for the images: "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." Other than that, I tend not to micro-manage. So, if one feels the need to post a full colour image, so be it...

      March 19, 2013

  • Kim H

    so i posted three of the same thing... not sure if it's where we are supposed to be going... i'd appreciate some feedback before posting anything further :) thanks! :)

    March 15, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    for my upcomming assignments, I'd prefer to post after the start date while having lead up online discussions that help everyone learn without jading creativity. Otherwise we're no different then a Facebook group.

    March 14, 2013

    • Jeff G.

      Otherwise there wouldn't be too much of a point scheduling them either

      2 · March 14, 2013

  • Jay Roblee P.

    I have uploaded some photos this morning via the android Meetup app. Hopefully the photos now show up and you can start uploading :)

    cheers

    March 14, 2013

  • Trish L.

    Is the album available yet or do we need to wait until the date?

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      OK, so maybe telling you (all of you) that the album is there but you can't upload is not beneficial to the learning process, so ... maybe one image of what you are working on would be beneficial to others who may be struggling for inspiration. It may even get a learning dialogue started, so go ahead and upload one image. These photos must be in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format, be less than 10MB in size, and adhere to Meetup's Terms of Service. It's not like I can stop you... wait. I actually can. I forgot I have demigod like powers. ;) Now I suppose you're going to ask me how to do it.

      March 13, 2013

    • Trish L.

      Do tell.

      March 13, 2013

  • Kim H

    i don't know where to look for the album. lol.

    March 13, 2013

  • Jay Roblee P.

    wicked

    March 8, 2013

  • Kim H

    I have always loved B & W pics...often preferring them over colour...so this should be interesting AND fun.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    It is important to view your subject through a monochromatic filter as apposed to chimping your camera with a B&W image displayed. Remember, it's your "artistic eye" you're training to see in tones and textures, not your camera.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Barbara

    off to buy some quality street chocolates :) I'm liking this assignment already

    3 · March 7, 2013

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