Last weeks meeting was nothing if not lively! We ended up with a very healthy discussion about Monochrome conversion of images. Dave although full of “ManFlu”, which anyone will know is by far the severest version, managed to give us a very informative evening. Well done, hope you are feeling better.
What became apparent was that if you convert your images incorrectly they quickly become bland and dull!
I have included a couple of images from the night which will help you work out exactly what works with your software.
if you convert these jpegs into Mono you will see that depending on what conversion you choose you will get either a flatter or fuller image. Obviously the object is to get a good range of greys in your image.
BLACK AND WHITE CONVERSIONS
Monochrome images are abstract visions of the world because we see in rather excellent colour, but people love monochrome images, they are perceived as pure, clean, simple, modern, timeless and yet nostalgic. Arguably it does not matter what the accuracy of the conversion is as long as it looks right!
|Monochrome film could never accurately reproduce a colour scene, so coloured filters were used to correct the image into a more acceptable form by changing the shade of grey the colour becomes. These coloured filters change the colour opposite them in the colour wheel. Coloured Filter||The filters effect on a image.|
|Red||Darkens blue skies, reduces skin blemishes.|
|Orange||Moderately darkens blue skies, lightens wood and bricks.|
|Yellow||Slightly darkens blue skies, slightly lightens greens.|
|Green||Slightly darkens blues, lightens vegetation, darkens reds which increases the effect of skin blemishes.|
|Blue||Lightens blue skies, darkens reds .|
To view a pdf of converting to monochrome follow the link below
I carried out a few conversions both with On1 photo and Elements so that you can see the effects.
On1 Photo using Bogart Cool, the yellow seems to disappear.On1 Photo using Ansel in the Valley, both Yellow and Green disappear.
On1 Photo using AutomagicPhotoshop Elements – Mode GreyscalePhotoshop Elements – Portrait Black & WhitePhotoshop Elements – Vivid Landscape Black and White
As you can see there is a wide variance in how each conversion method changes the final image.