Mono or Colour
16th November 2015

Mono or Colour? The question that there is no definitive right or wrong answer for!

With the software available at out fingertips these days the end result can be rather different from the original image out of the camera. This is a portrait which I shot against a bright yellow wall. It’s a rather striking portrait, and I thought this image would illustrate quite well the effects of converting to mono and while doing so why not add in a couple of additional edits for good measure. There are literally hundreds of different effects that can be applied to images today, it’s far too easy to over-work an image the secret is to keep it real.

There is no definitive right or wrong here, it is purely down to personal choice and taste at the end of the day. Personally I actually prefer the conversion to mono but I’m a sucker for this at the best of times. Yes everything is shot in glorious technicolor these days but it doesn’t  simply end there. Depending on your preferred choice of software there are no limits to what one can do to an image. I don’t believe in changing the image too much in either Photoshop or Lightroom instead I much prefer to opt for subtle changes like here. taking a colour image and converting to mono, adding in a couple of toned images for good measure. Mono or Colour ? It’s an age old question and a grey area for some. Me I like pretty much everything in mono, but yet again we can see that colour certainly has it’s place.

I personally do not go in for digital manipulation or digital art as some might call it. While it can be quite incredibly good and done well can create amazing work I prefer to shoot what I see and simply give an image a little tweak here and there.

So here we have one image presented to you in different ways, yes they are all the same image and yet they are all so very different. Which do you prefer?

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