Monochrome photography


Monochrome photography
A monochrome photograph, Doris Ulmann's Laborer's hands

Monochrome photography is photography where the image produced has a single hue, rather than recording the colours of the object that was photographed. It includes all forms of black-and-white photography, which produce images containing tones of grey ranging from black to white.[1] Most modern black-and-white films, called panchromatic films, record the entire visible spectrum.[1]:157 Some films are orthochromatic, recording visible light wavelengths shorter than 590 nanometres.[1]:158

Black-and-white photography is considered more subtle and interpretive, and less realistic than colour photography.[1] Monochrome images are not direct renditions of their subjects, but are abstractions from reality, representing colours in shades of grey. In computer terms, this is often called greyscale.[citation needed]

Monochrome images may be produced using black-and-white film or paper, or by manipulating colour images using computer software.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Langford, Michael (2000). Basic Photography (7th ed.). Oxford: Focal Press. ISBN 0 240 51592 7. 

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