Chapter   10

 

The Monochrome Difference

Project Black Hole? Never heard of it.

One of the reasons purists often refer to black and white prints as “monochrome” is that it’s a much more precise term that also covers prints made in sepia and other tones. One of the advantages of working with monochromatic digital photographs is that the original image can come from many sources. Some digital cameras even have black and white or sepia modes for capturing images, but more often than not they actually capture these monochrome images in RGB mode. That’s right, it’s a color file without any color!

There is much more to black and white photography than simply an absence of color. Maybe we wouldn’t feel this way if the first photographs had been made ...

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