Seeing in tones


Article Excerpt: “Our eyes see in color but to be successful in black and white photography it’s important to train them to see the world as tones of grey…A red flower in a green field may look great in color, but when converted to mono, if those colours reproduce as the same shade of grey the result will be a very dull picture…It takes time to develop an eye for mono. One way to help it along involves taking a photographic grey card out and comparing it with objects you encounter. Ask yourself, would that color be lighter or darker than the grey card?…The best black and white photography exploits the differences in tone between elements in a scene, which can either be photographed ‘straight’ or manipulated either by using on-camera filters, or Photoshop. Great black and white photos also make good use of shapes, textures, lines and lighting, to compensate for the loss of color.”~How To Master Black and White Photography from


2 responses

  1. nice tones, I used to be somewhat blind to tones and had a lot of trouble with it when i drew, should test myself and see if I have improved.

    March 16, 2013 at 5:15 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Jane! happy weekend!

      March 16, 2013 at 5:28 am

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