I’ve heard different people call this type of photography different names. Everything from “Duo-chrome, Mono-chrome Grey scale, De-saturated and of course, Black & White. These are all actually correct, but I prefer simple. So I call it what it’s been known as since the beginning, Black & White.
There is a definition…
- Monochrome describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color.
- Duo-chrome (duo-tone) prints, an effect many printers are familiar with, using complementary or associated colors to their best effect.
- Grey-scale digital images are images in which the value of each pixel is a single sample, that is, it carries only intensity information. Images of this sort, also known as black-and-white, are composed exclusively of shades of gray, varying from black at the weakest intensity to white at the strongest.
- De-saturated or desaturation the of a photograph refers to the color saturation. Varying anywhere between full saturation, a normal color photo, to complete desaturation, Black and White.
No matter what you call it, B&W photography can be rewarding.
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