Today is a black and white day with an app called Monokrom by developer Darren Richards. I discovered this app from Egmont van Dyck. I read his blog post on Monokrom on The iPhone Arts and loved how simple it is to operate the app and the beautiful results. I wrote the developer and asked for a promo code, so here we are with my blog post of Monokrom. The top photo was taken with ProCamera 7 using an olloclip and edited with Monokrom. I took the photo when I was with Boyce on his field trip to Coronado. It’s a known spot to take photos of The San Diego Skyline.
I’m going to start off with a macro demo photo I took at Botanical Gardens at Balboa Park. You can see the photo is very colourful.
Like all apps check your setting and set them up to you liking, you will notice Monokrom does a TIFF save setting. I left mine turned off for now. I’ll probably will turn it on because I like to do black and white conversion and save them at a none compressed file format.
Now when you load a photo up with this app there will be tutorial tips that pop up to help you along the way. After awhile you might want to turn them off in your settings. If you haven’t used the app for awhile just tap on the “?” button and the tips pop on the screen. When you load a colour photo it will convert to black and white. TONES is always the section you start with first as a default. You have three colour circles or pucks that will control the tones, brightness and contrasts.
Blue is for different tones and you have a very broad tonal range to work with.
Oranges is for brightness. You can make you photo really dark or really light. It’s really important you have really well exposed colour photos.
Green is for your contrast. You can moves the orange circle all over the screen to mess with the contrasts to bring out details or make them dramatic.
FINISH is the next section when you’re done with TONES. You have two circles or pucks to work with.
Red is for grain/noise control. I like my black and white a little on the grainy side because it reminds me of using film. I’m not a fan of smooth looking black and whites. The grain adds a little extra depth for me in a black and white photo.
Cyan is your vignette control. The dark edge corners that add a dramatic or vintage style to your black and white photos.
MEMORY is the last section. What this area does is saves you presets and saves you edited photo. You have 7 memory slots and an undo button. When you save your presets, you just name them with 2 letters. For now I don’t have any presets saved but this will come in handy when you find the perfect tone and won’t remember how you got it.
Now if you’re still unsure on how to operate the app no problem. Just tap on the “?” twice and you’ll get the detailed instructions on how to operate the app.
Here’s my finished black and white converted photo. The resolution save is based on the resolution of the photo you edit with the app. The photo I used was 2448 x 2448 and saved at that resolution. So make sure you use a high resolution photo when using this app. You have two different file formats JPEG and TIFF.
Overall I’d give this 5 stars if I was to give a review in the App Store. Monokrom is universal to the iPad and the screen shots came from my iPad.
This is one of the simplest and best black and white editing app I’ve used in a long time. It’s fast and stable with very artistic results. You can pick up Monokrom for $.99 which is a steal !!! Requires iOS 6.1 or higher, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and optimised for iPhone 5/5S.
I leave you with a video demo using Monokrom by friend and fellow blogger Geri Centonze. She does a fabulous walk through with this app. I want to thank Darren Richards for giving me a promo code so I can write a review about Monokrom. If you have any questions please leave comments or email me email@example.com. You can also contact the developer >HERE< with feedback, ideas or concerns about Monokrom. Have a great day and see you soon !!!