Tonal Manipulation Technique

“Tonal manipulation” is a difficult to describe photographic technique. The simplest explanation is that it is almost black and white. This process uses hints of warm and cool colors to set a mood. I begin with a camera, then use a computer. Although I transform the colors with software, the process requires human input, often requiring several hours to achieve the desired effect in each part of a given image.

The resulting toning often closely resembles monochrome techniques. When I was earning my art degree in college, I studied classic chemical processes applied to black and white fiber based papers. I was inspired to create images which resemble selenium, sepia, and platinum. Other techniques are reminiscent of early non-color images such as cyanotype, calotype or daguerreotype. A selection of two or more colors are mapped across the darks and lights of the image. To produce these digital compositions, I build on my training in traditional wet-chemical film photography processing, toning, and tinting. I typically spend many hours further adjusting the intensity in select areas in a process that succeeds hand-painting.

I remove color from an image to draw the viewer through the shapes and lines of the composition. A monochrome artwork eliminates the distraction of color. I add subtle (multi-tonal) colors to the monochrome image to compel an emotional reaction. Reducing an image to near-monochrome brings it closer to its abstract components–the heart of any artwork.

Viewing a (nearly) colorless image, free from the seductive spectrum of hues, is a more serious-feeling pursuit. It’s a contemporary twist on a timeless tradition. Black and white predates photography, with grisaille painting, printmaking, ink, and graphite drawings.

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  • New York City nude. Limited edition fine art

    Essex House, View from Central Park 2/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 24×16 inches

  • black and white body pattern nude photography. Original limited edition artwork.

    Arecales Umbra Femina 4/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 20×30 inches

  • Original fine art nude black and white photograph

    Fille dans une ombre feuillue 2/5

    Edition of 6 ~ 24×36 inches

  • Black and white erotic photograph. limited edition nude art archival photo. Artist A K Nicholas

    Summer Fling 2/6

    Edition of 6 ~ 18×27 inches

  • Industrial nude art. Limited edition original photograph.

    Emily on the Bridge 2/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 20×16 inches

  • This tropical nude photograph is primarily rendered in warm grays. It is a near-monochrome composition of woman, leaves, and shadows.

    Tropical Shade 2/5

    Edition of 5 ~ 30×20 inches

  • sensual art photography - limited edition erotic art

    Counterpoise 3/15

    Edition of 15 ~ 20×30 inches

  • near monochromatic art nude photograph. Limited edition

    Emily, Brewhouse Tank 6/25

    Edition of 25 ~ 10×7 inches

  • black-and-white nude photograph limited edition art

    Kaylee, Back 2/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 16×11 inches

  • black and white nude dancer photograph. Limited edition fine art

    Overlapping Triangles 2/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 24×24 inches

  • sepia-toned nude art photograph

    Lauren by the Window 3/10

    Edition of 25 ~ 14×11 inches

  • limited edition art photography

    Megan with String Instruments 2/10

    Edition of 10 ~ 11×16 inches

  • Contemporary nude photography Limited edition fine art by A K Nicholas


    Edition of 6 ~ 30×20 inches

  • Skyline nude New York City art photography

    Skyline Nude Julie WTC

    Edition of 6 ~ 20×30 inches

  • Monochrome nude art photography

    Passione pazzia

    Edition of 4 ~ 24×36 inches

  • Black and white figure photograph. Limited edition art for sale.

    Shadow Veil

    Edition of 3 ~ 32×48 inches

  • Black-and-white art nude photography. Limited edition for sale.

    Palm Zebra

    Edition of 5 ~ 27×40 inches

  • Fine art nude photography - limited edition print

    Composition with Figure and Palm Frond Shadows (sold)

    Edition of 1 ~ 11×16 inches

  • Monochrome art nudes. Limited edition original art photography


    Edition of 3 ~ 32×48 inches

  • Black and white art nude photograph

    Lofted Manila

    Edition of 4 ~ 40×26.7 inches

  • Seascape nude art photograph "Taylor and Birds" limited edition

    Taylor and Pelicans 2/6

    Edition of 6 ~ 18×27 inches

  • Black and white nude photography. Limited edition artwork female figure.

    Lovely As

    Edition of 5 ~ 27×18

  • Art nude figure study "Timeless Beach" limited edition archival photograph

    Timeless Beach

    Edition of 5 ~ 36×24 inches

  • sepia-toned landscape nude

    Goddess of the Strand

    Edition of 3 ~ 32×48 inches