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Shooting in Monochrome

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 11, 2008, 7:20 AM
:new: Back again! Exams ended, Barbi is still having fun, but I'm here to take care of things. Welcome to all new members! :)

:new: We are truly sorry for the low activity here in the Canon400D, but I am very busy with exams at the university, and O-range is having fun somewhere else and cannot spend much time at the computer. But that's fine, have loads and loads of fun, Barbi! ;)
And I'll try to keep this under control. :]


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who bought us a 1 year Subscription. :faint: :hug:
Truly means a lot & I hope we can all benefit from it.

The Monochrome setting can be found in the Picture Style, 'My Colours' or Colour settings menu in the camera. Most cameras offer black and white (B&W) and sepia, although some include other monochrome settings like blue and green. More sophisticated cameras allow you to add filter effects to the monochrome mode so you can replicate the effect of, say, red or yellow filters with B&W film. These filters can help you to emphasise white clouds against a blue sky in monochrome pictures. They can also allow you to selectively lighten any colours in the subject that are the same as the filter's hue.

:camera: Here's what you need to get started:

   1. A digital camera
   2. A good eye to spot a suitable scene

:camera: What to photograph:

   1.   Cityscapes and landscapes with strong structural elements. In such subjects, sunlight can create dramatic shadows that emphasise the patterns in the subjects.
   2. Set the camera's exposure mode to Manual and the shutter speed to B. The camera's ISO sensitivity should be set to any value below 400.
   3. Romantic or nostalgic scenes take on a classic allure when photographed in monochrome. Reducing the image to a series of tones emphasises delicate tonal nuances and textures.
   4. Portraits can look great as monochrome pictures and you can choose the appropriate treatment for the subject by changing the lighting. Directional lighting will emphasise lines and facial structure, while soft lighting minimises blemishes.

:camera: Factors to consider:

   1.   Before switching to monochrome, it's important to understand that this setting discards the colour information recorded by the camera's imager as the first step in producing monochrome pictures. Although you can convert any colour image to monochrome very easily and effectively on your computer, once you choose the monochrome mode on your camera, you can't bring back the colour - unless you shoot in RAW format.
   2. Shadows, structure and detail are the key elements in most monochrome pictures. To record the maximum amount of detail and emphasise structure, keep the ISO setting low (ISO 200 or lower works best).
   3. Don't be afraid to use flash for fill-in light, either indoors or outdoors. What looks washed-out in a colour shot can often become dramatic in a monochrome image.
   4. Match the monochrome selection to the emotional effect you wish to create in the picture. Straight black and white is perfect for subjects with strong structural elements and detail. Sepia tone produces a softer, more 'old-world' look that is better for more delicately-nuanced subjects. Other colours can add different effects, as shown below.
   5. Try out all the filters your camera offers before embarking on a monochrome shooting session, so you understand fully the effect they will have on your pictures. This is particularly important with colour effects as some subjects will look better with certain colour tones and very much worse with others. If you don't like the filter you've used, delete the shot and try something different.

In today's full-colour world, the old-fashioned look of a black and white or sepia-toned picture can be eye-catching. Many digital cameras now include settings that allow you to capture such 'monochrome' images directly, making it very easy to recreate some of that 'old time' feeling in your photographs.


Shots made using Canon 350D & Canon 400D and other types of cameras. Text: Canon Australia, Canon 400D Photography Tips.

You're welcome to share your own shots. If you'd like the Canon 400D to upload them to the gallery, you can note us the link(s) and we'll be happy to do that.



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heart-of-sins Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Photographer
i'm sorry but i would be happy if you could remove me from your :+devwatch:
thank you
Peug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Hi! I've one of this and it's a really great camera.
How to become a member of the club?;)
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What if you have a 10D?
Drenton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
I take it that, if I add you to my watch list, I become a member?
andyrogerson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
with all due respect, does anyone know of a Canon EOS 450D club? :eyes:
trijn Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
great gallery.. i've only just began to explore my 400D :)
at-badrah Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional
thanx for watching me ..
VanS3n Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
400D and AE-1 user here.. XD
neuronaldistorsion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
moi je vous propose ce chat
"french connexion"
si en moins de deux semaines ca ne donne rien...
alors faudra renoncer a l'idée
ca pourrait donner lieu a de belles choses
je compte sur vous :)
Dequal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
I have the 450D. Wonderful camera
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