Part 1: I would like to start the meeting looking at some of the methods that are used in monochrome conversions with the On1 Software applications. The reason for looking at this, is the fact that Google are not at the moment updating their excellent Silver FX software, so at some stage in the future an operating system upgrade will kill it! So it is a good idea to look at the alternatives.
Part 2: Looking at club members images. I would like to think that you have been very busy this summer and I sure that you have all produced some excellent monochrome images. Bring them on a memory stick as jpeg files in batches of 6 images. If you have a colour image that you are not sure what to do to convert it into a monochrome image, bring it along and we will see what can be achieved.
So what do we mean by Monochrome photography? This is photography where the image is a single hue rather than the colour rendition that was captured by the camera. By definition it includes all forms of Black and White images , which will contain all tones of grey from black to white. There are several methods of producing a monochrome image from cameras that record directly in black and white to software manipulation.
One of the reasons that images are converted to black and white is that it induces a certain historic timeless feeling to images. Of cause if you have taken a colour image with high ISO it will often have noise , which in black and white just adds to the atmosphere.