Working With Monochrome - bennettfilm

Working With Monochrome


     1. Simplify Colors: In this image, the cave was very dark so the image wasn't too colorful to begin with. The light was very white since it was during midday and the water was an unpleasant looking brown color because of all the sand. Desaturating this image and giving it a blueish tint helped to simplify it and draw more attention to the light coming in through the end of the tunnel. The dark, blue look adds a certain mood to the image as well, whereas the inharmonious colors would have made it much more confusing and unpleasant to look at.

2. Simplify The Scene: A monochrome effect worked well in this snowy image since it was already mostly white anyways. Simplifying it to just one single tone helps to draw more attention to the subject and strips the scene down to the bare minimum, revealing more details undistracted by various color tones.

3. Add Drama: B&W allows you to get away with having an image with dark shadows and bright highlights. Black and white images look most appealing when they have true white and true black somewhere in the image, this way it is not just an overall grey scene. The intense contrast can give you image more mood even if you shoot it in harsher, less ideal light.

4. Show Off Textures: By removing the color from this scene, I draw more attention to the texture in the cacti. The glowing needles are accentuated more and the image can be appreciated in a different way, demanding more attention on the cacti instead of the sky.

5. Find Naturally Monochromatic Scenes: This icicle scene was naturally all shades of blue. In photoshop I adjusted certain areas to match and make this image truly monochromatic. This draws more attention on the layers and layers of icicles as well as the soft light, while also being more pleasant to look at.

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