Grayscale vs monochrome vs black & white

by Berckmans Peter January. 15, 2019 2995 views

My previous post - monochrome vs black & white - got quite some reaction and questions from your guys. So I went digging a bit deeper in this subject and surprise surprise it got more complicated. I wrote my post from a personal view on editing my monochrome pics.

So take a seat and don't fall of it. After some reading up some articles from experts it is to say at least confusing. Monochrome can be a colorphoto, all grayscale photos are black & white but not all black & white are grayscale photos.

So here is a link to a very interresting article about it, he can explain it much more better like I can.

So happy readings and must say I also learned a few things.

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David Nurse 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you for this fascinating post Peter.
A long time ago I shot B&W film (because of cost) and the results were indifferent but when they were good, they were very good (even though I never really knew why).
Returning to photography now in the Digital age I always shoot in colour, I have been trying to get that old B&W film look but I rarely seem to get it how I like, or perhaps I should say, I seem to like others B&W better than mine. Perhaps this is because I never see the before (colour) image.
Thanks for showing the colour “before” image this helps.
I will keep trying.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to David Nurse 1 year, 7 months ago

It is a journey digital B&W. Thanks for looking

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Peter! Great article! Valuable distinctions made clear!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

I found it helpfull

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Berkmans
I have a pile of similar links and articles on this topic but I’ve not read this one. I’m going to get a hot drink and look forward to another good read. I am sure I will learn something I do not know.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 2 months ago

Happy readings

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
D Vgz 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, interesting read! Although I almost never shoot in B&W/greyscale/monochrome (or turn a coloured picture into one), it is always fun to read something new :)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to D Vgz 2 years, 3 months ago

Glad you like bv it,just something I liked to explain

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the link. At first it was confusing me but as read further I grasped it better. In my understanding, for the most part when we shoot and then covert or convert in camera we are actually converting to "gray scale"and not pure "black & white". So while the labels grayscale and black/ white is are used interchangeably it really should say "grayscale"
Someone sent me this link showing how to convert to grayscale in Ps. I've tried it and it's pretty simple. I don't know if you have Ps but thought I would share.
https://www.macworld.com/article/1056958/photoshop-grayscale-conversion-techniques.html?fbclid=IwAR0LSVynadk8Bh9EMEsoAbR8l2Eh5HmcJ7iMU54uZKalxIRCIRGj10X6bRs

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

You got it,it is quite simple but there is confusion around it. I check out the link.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Peter! I'll check it out!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

My pleasure

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Straight to my favs. Amazing work peter

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, playing around in a colorless world

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
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