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04/02/2008 05:02:28 PM · #1
Your opinions, please. In PHOTOGRAPHY.... what does the term "monochrome" mean? I understand the definitions given in a dictionary. I want to know when someone says to you, "take a monochrome photo", what does that mean to you?
04/02/2008 05:05:57 PM · #2
To me, it simply means, one colour. An example would be the colour on colour challange. I remember someone doing tomatoes on a red bg, I think that's a good ex. of monochrome.
04/02/2008 05:06:22 PM · #3
Originally posted by darnold:

Your opinions, please. In PHOTOGRAPHY.... what does the term "monochrome" mean? I understand the definitions given in a dictionary. I want to know when someone says to you, "take a monochrome photo", what does that mean to you?


Monochrome is a film term for B&W.

In Digital, it would be nearest to Grayscale.
04/02/2008 05:30:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by icu1965:

To me, it simply means, one colour. An example would be the colour on colour challange. I remember someone doing tomatoes on a red bg, I think that's a good ex. of monochrome.


The dictionary defines "monochrome" in a painting or drawing as "shades of a single color" And goes on to say in photography, it is gray scale or "black and white".

Thanks!!!!

(edit for spelling)

Message edited by author 2008-04-02 17:31:19.
04/02/2008 05:32:33 PM · #5
Originally posted by SteveJ:


Monochrome is a film term for B&W.

In Digital, it would be nearest to Grayscale.


Thank you! I share that opinion and wonder how many others do.
04/02/2008 05:45:28 PM · #6
Originally posted by darnold:

The dictionary defines "monochrome" in a painting or drawing as "shades of a single color" And goes on to say in photography, it is gray scale or "black and white".

Thanks!!!!

(edit for spelling)

As a painter, I try to apply the same ideas to my photography. I'm slowly learning the possibilities of photography and to me photography is a very artistic process like painting. However, if you ask "artists" most of them will tell you that photography is not art. I've seen it debated in the forums here before, but seen it first hand in college. It irritates me to think that some artists have such a closed mind towards different forms of art, so I try not to draw a line between any of them.
I agree w/ you guys about the B&W in photography, but there again, when you start using different definitions for the same term, it gives fuel for those don't consider photography to be an art.
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